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Chava Rosenfarb remembered in two upcoming events

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Famed Canadian Yiddish writer Chava Rosenfarb is being remembered in two upcoming events, one this week and the other in November.

 The Ashkenaz Festival presents A Tribute to Chava Rosenfarb (1923-2011), directed by and featuring Theresa Tova. Others featured in the tribute are Mitch Smolkin; Rosenfarb’s daughter, Goldie Morgentaler; Freydi Mrocki and Moish Kanatkin. Musicians are Henri Oppenheim, Brian Katz, Aleksandar Gajic and Bret Higgins.

Co-presented by the Committee for Yiddish and the Workmen’s Circle. Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, 100 Elder St. (parking off Wilmington). $10 at the door. See the full Ashkenaz Festival lineup at www.ashkenazfestival.com.

The Workmen’s Circle has also announced it is hosting a staged reading in English of Rosenfarb’s play, The Bird of the Ghetto, by the Threshold Theatre. Co-sponsors are the Committee for Yiddish and the Friends of Yiddish. Steelworker’s Union Hall, 25 Cecil St. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m.

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New Holocaust Art at Shaarei Shomayim: Last summer some 250 Holocaust survivors and their families contributed funds for a work of art honouring Holocaust victims for Toronto’s Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue. A proposal from Toronto photographer-artist Yuri Dojc was chosen from 27 submissions. The result, according to a statement from the committee, “was a museum piece that not only conveyed the message of the Holocaust but was also exciting” and “of its time – the 21st century.”

A three-dimensional bridge between the past and the present, Dojc’s photo installation is the result of a collaboration with Israeli designer Ido Bruno. Sponsoring families are to welcome the art installation to Shaarei Shomayim at a reception on Sunday, Aug. 26, 3 p.m. 

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Yiddish Vinkl Presents: Described as one of the greatest living treasures of Yiddish song and language, Arkady Gendler, born in Ukraine in 1921, lost most of his family and friends in the Holocaust but never stopped singing, writing and teaching in Yiddish. He also began composing songs deemed to be of exceptional musical and poetic quality. Recently, German clarinettist Christian Dawid collected and recorded some of Gendler’s work on a CD that will be officially launched at a concert at the Ashkenaz Festival, Harbourfront Centre, on Sept. 2.

 Dawid also discusses the project and presents excerpts from the CD at the Yiddish Vinkl, Free Times Cafe, 320 College St. Thursday, Aug. 30, 12 noon. Buffet lunch $18. Reservations, 416-967-1078. 

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Arts in Brief

• Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation is co-sponsor of the North American debut concert of Israeli composer-performer Shye Ben Tzur during the Ashkenaz Festival at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. Admission is free. WestJet Stage, Sunday, Sept. 2, 8 p.m.

• The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre’s Active Seniors group now calls itself Active Seniors & Boomers to draw more of the so-called “baby boom” generation as well as seniors to its meetings. The next program is Metropolitan Opera with Iain Scott. $5. 750 Spadina Ave. at Bloor. Thursday, Sept. 6, 1:30 p.m. 416-924 6211, ext. 155.

• Norene Gilletz, author of Second Helpings Please! speaks on sharing food memories (“Essen by Mayn Mame’s Tish”) at the annual membership breakfast of

Friends of Yiddish. $15, free for paid-up members. Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 3080 Bayview Ave. Sunday, Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m. RSVP Sandy at 416-736-8073, email yiddish18@yahoo.ca by Sept. 3.

• Time to dust off or finish that short script that’s never been produced. Alumnae Theatre is seeking script submissions for its annual New Ideas Festival. Deadline is Sept. 15; $10 fee applies. The festival runs March 6 to 24, 2013. http:// alumnaetheatre.wordpress.com

• Jewishfiction.net recently released its eighth issue, featuring 14 pieces written originally in Ladino, Spanish, French, Hebrew and English by authors originally from Iran, Argentina, Romania, the Ottoman Empire, Israel, Canada and the United States. Among the works that editor Nora Gold was able to secure is a preview of Hostage, a new novel by Elie Wiesel. View it at jewishfiction.net

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