BITS & BYTES: YIDSTOCK; Shakespeare & Co Workshop; BCHS survey; facilities work at CHP dental; BCC information sessions

YIDSTOCK: The New Jewish Music Festival returns

AMHERST—The Yiddish Book Center is proud to present the 10th anniversary of YIDSTOCK: The Festival of New Yiddish Music. The festival will take place from From Thursday 7 July to Sunday 10 July, at the Center, located on the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. The Klezmatics, Eleanor Reissa, Socalled and Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue will all perform. This year’s festival, hosted by Seth Rogovoy, celebrates some of the biggest hits of YIDSTOCK’s first decade, with returning appearances from many audience favorites, as well as new faces and new and reconfigured sets. Workshops, lectures, films and conversations with artists complete the program of events. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at

“We are beyond excited to bring YIDSTOCK live back to the Yiddish Book Center stage,” said Lisa Newman, Director of Public Programs and Publishing at the Center. “It has been two years since we were able to hold our annual four-day festival in person. This year’s 10th anniversary festival promises to be one for the books! »

Photo courtesy of the Yiddish Book Center.

Making his YIDSTOCK debut, Cantor Yaakov “Yanky” Lemmer will kick off the festival. With an ensemble led by Frank London of the Klezmatics, Lemmer brings new interpretations to traditional liturgical prayers and Hasidic nigunim as well as some more obscure Yiddish songs. Lemmer is currently the chief cantor of Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan.

Veteran Michael Winograd brings his band, The Honorable Mentshn, to YIDSTOCK for the very first time, celebrating the launch of their new album, Early bird special. Overflowing with energy, passion and dynamism, Early bird special delivers the hard-hitting, schmaltz-drenched klezmer your soul craves and gets you dancing.

Perennial favorite Eleanor Reissa returns with a new sound and set led by her frequent collaborator, trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics, to share her unique interpretations of Yiddish song, as she continues to reinvent the art of storytelling. through the Yiddish cabaret.

Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue returns to perform his “Music of Mrs Maisel” program. Mixing jazz, Yiddish swing, R&B, klezmer and humour, this joyful ensemble swings loudly and entertains endlessly. This program presents the repertoire of the 1950s which emphasizes The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel TV series.

Josh Dolgin, aka Socalled, the de facto godfather of “klezmer hip-hop,” returns to YIDSTOCK singing solo on piano and accordion in a rare, intimate and unplugged program of Yiddish and Yiddish music and history Yiddish.

Vocalist Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and accordionist Dmitri Gaskin return with their upgraded project, Tsvey Brider + Baymele. For the past five years, Russell and Gaskin have entertained audiences with their original and stylistically diverse stagings of 20th-century Yiddish modernist poetry. Their collection of songs, now reinvented with Gaskin’s arrangements for string ensemble, brings a whole new world of sound, texture and color to Tsvey Brider’s work.

The Klezmatics, the internationally acclaimed and Grammy Award-winning modern klezmer band, will once again bring down the curtain on YIDSTOCK on Sunday. The Klezmatics combine instrumental and vocal virtuosity and experimentation with a theatricality rooted in the klezmer and Yiddish tradition. The Klezmatics ushered the klezmer revival into the rock age, paving the way for the klezmer revival with one foot in the shtetl and the other in the downtown avant-garde.

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Shakespeare & Company offers a professional development workshop

LENOX– Shakespeare & Company will host a week-long professional development workshop for teachers of From Monday July 11 to Friday July 16 at the society’s campus in Lenox, Massachusetts, led by founding member and director of education Kevin G. Coleman.

Use of Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet To provide hands-on experience and strategies to help their students experience the language of Shakespeare, the company’s professional development workshops are the result of over 40 years in the business and are designed for teachers, directors and teaching artists. The program aims to help them create dynamic and engaging Shakespeare learning experiences in the classroom and on stage.

The month of July Romeo and Juliet The workshop will offer new ways for teachers and students to interact with Shakespeare’s text through practical structure-based methodologies and techniques for the rehearsal room, with each six-day workshop comprising 36 credit hours of professional development; take-home documents on strategies and rationale for each activity; tickets to Shakespeare & Company; optional evening classes such as making student productions, stage fights, etc.

Tuition is $900 and scholarships, as well as limited housing in the Berkshires, are available upon request. For more information or to apply, email Kaitlin Henderson at [email protected]

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Berkshire County Historical Society is investigating

PITTSFIELD— The Berkshire County Historical Society is asking the community to participate in an online survey to help shape its strategic plan. The brief anonymous survey is available on the BCHS website at; a link to the survey can also be requested by writing to [email protected] People taking the survey will be entered into a draw for a hat or a t-shirt from the museum shop.

A WPA exhibit is among the exhibits currently at the Berkshire County Historical Society. Photo courtesy of Berkshire County Historical Society.

BCHS is currently in the process of updating the strategic plan that will guide the organization over the next few years. “The world has changed a lot over the past few years, and now is a good time to look at what BCHS does, what our community needs and how we can move forward to better meet those needs” , said general manager Lesley. Herzberg.

The Berkshire County Historical Society is a non-profit society dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. Additionally, the Berkshire County Historical Society is committed to preserving and interpreting Arrowhead, the home of author Herman Melville, designated a National Historic Landmark. The Berkshire County Historical Society offers tours of Arrowhead and programs devoted to the history of Western Massachusetts and the life and writings of Herman Melville. For more information on tours, go to

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Facilities operate at CHP Great Barrington Family Dental Center

GREAT BARRINGTON— As part of the CHP Dental Expansion Project, the CHP Great Barrington Family Dental Center is temporarily reconfigured and appointments for some patients will be affected.

From July 1, the Great Barrington practice will be closed on Thursdays and Fridays. South County patients with appointments on those days can stick to the scheduled times if they wish and can come to the CHP Neighborhood Dental in Pittsfield. On these days Great Barrington dental staff will be working at the Pittsfield practice on North Street. If this is not possible, patients will be able to reschedule their appointments during Great Barrington hours.

This temporary adjustment in Great Barrington is part of the CHP’s broader plan to expand access to dental care in the Berkshires, with more dentists and expanded dental facilities. New dentists have joined the CHP dental practices in Pittsfield and North Adams, and design/build work is underway on a new practice in Adams. Eventually, the Great Barrington practice will move to a larger South County location.

For more information call CHP Great Barrington Family Dental at (413) 528-5565

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Berkshire Community College will hold admissions information sessions

PITTSFIELD— Find out how easy it is to apply to Berkshire Community College (BCC) during one of three free virtual information sessions being held in the month of July: Wednesday, July 6 at 4 p.m.; Monday, July 18 at 12 p.m.; and Tuesday, July 19 at 6 p.m. The 30-minute information sessions, presented by admissions counselors on Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.

To register for a session, visit

Participants in the information sessions can:

  • Ask questions about the admissions process: how to apply, register and choose courses
  • Learn more about BCC’s affordability and financial aid options
  • Hear from staff about quality programs and student support services
  • Find out how courses will transfer to hundreds of schools or prepare graduates for an immediate career

For more information on sessions, contact the Admissions Office at (413) 236-1636.

Berkshire Community College (BCC), situated on 180 park-like acres, is located four miles from central Pittsfield, in the heart of the beautiful Western Berkshires of Massachusetts. As a fully accredited public community college, BCC strives to bring higher education within reach of all residents of Berkshire County and beyond, offering associated degree and certificate programs to approximately 2,000 enrolled students. per year. Visit BCC online at

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