KlezKidz brings to life an interactive concert of Jewish music and mirth from around the world, including Jewish folk songs, Chassidic rock, Israeli, Yiddish swing, and works by contemporary Jewish composers. At a KlezKidz concert, you’ll hear the wail of the clarinet and the rousing sound of Israeli music, see bottles being balanced on the heads of dancers, and maybe even learn some new dance steps!
What started out in 1995 with a only few kids, augmented by musical parents, has grown into a 40-piece ensemble with regular rehearsals and a dozen yearly concerts. KlezKidz, sponsored by Temple Beth Am, features instrumentalists from 8 years old to 80. Performing alongside it is KidsChorus, a group of youthful singers, who often step into the audience to teach easy dances.
Play with Us!
KlezKidz welcomes instrumentalists of all ages and stages who can read sheet music. KidsChorus welcomes young singers ages 8 and up who love to sing, perform, and don’t necessarily read sheet music. There is no audition process for KlezKidz or KidsChorus, and TBA membership is not required to participate.
KlezKidz perform at Temple Beth Am for Simchat Torah, Chanukah, andPurim as well as out in the community at the University Village Chanukah lighting, Kline Galland Home’s December birthdays party, and Northwest Folklife Festival as well as a Farmer’s Market or two. Rehearsals happen 8-10 Sundays a year in TBA’s Sanctuary.
Hanukkah at Kline Galland
Kline Galland Home
Thursday, December 22, 1:00 PM
The KlezKidz will perform a 30- to 40-minute show with Hanukkah tunes as well as Siman Tov and others.
Tuesday, December 27, 6:00 PM
The KlezKidz will celebrate the Festival of Lights with a special Chanukah performance at University Village!
For more information about KlezKidz, contact Wendy Marcus.
Photo at right and below by Sabina Burd.
On June 3rd and 4th at our Hats Off to Wendy celebration, we gathered to show appreciation to Wendy Marcus and her 31 years of service at Temple Beth Am. If you missed this special gathering, you can still enjoy some of the highlights.
Hats Off to Wendy Tribute Book
In our keepsake tribute book compiled by Temple congregant Sandy Spear, you'll find photos, memories, and sentiments expressed by those who were benefitted deeply by Wendy's work and friendship.
Hats Off to Wendy on Flickr
Find a collection of beautiful Hats Off to Wendy photos by photographer Sabina Burd, along with our albums of the Annual Gala, Purim, the Annual BBQ, Biker Blessings, Covenant Renewal, and more! If you would like to purchase any of Sabina Burd's photos from our Hats Off to Wendy concert, click here.
Sacred Music by Erika Michael
In this poem, which was read by the author at our June 3, 2016 Shabbat service,Temple Beth Am congregant Erika Michael reflects on how it felt to receive Wendy's music in the TBA Sanctuary.