A Hanukkah Party with Michael Winograd and the Honorable Mentshn with special guest Sasha Lurje

Saturday, Dec 9, 2023

Saturday, December 9
6:00 pm Hanukkah Festivities
(Free Wine, Sufganiyot*, and more) | 7:00 pm Concert
In Person at The Weitzman (5th and Market)
Tickets – $18 General Admission| $13 Member Admission

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“It is customary on Chanukah for everyone to get together to play games and sing songs, both traditional, folk and otherwise”
– Shoshana Oysher on Moishe Oysher’s “Chanukah Party,” 1950)

Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn are the world’s favorite Klezmer Band. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, this group has performed their high-energy, virtuosic, and schtick-filled brand of Jewish music to thrilled crowds all over the world. Not afraid of a healthy dose of nostalgia and schmaltz, audiences often find themselves in a state of musical time travel, curious if they are at a festival stage in 2023, or a wedding hall in 1953.

The evening will begin at 6 pm with FREE wine from the local small-batch kosher winemaker, Camuna Cellars; Sufganiyot* from Federal Donuts; Dreidels and Gelt; and a book signing by the renowned historian, chef, and culinarian, Dr. Helene Jawhara Piñer. The Hanukkah celebration continues on stage at 7 pm with everyone’s favorite Klezmer band, the Honorable Mentshn, from Brooklyn, NYC, who will be joined on stage by the amazing Berlin based vocalist, Sasha Lurje. Halfway through the show, the band will be joined by Hazzan Jessi Roemer (Society Hill Synagogue), who will light the menorah on stage and lead us in the famous Hanukkah tune, ‘Ocho Kandaleikas,’ written by the late NEA National Heritage Award winning Sephardic songster and “Keeper of the Flame”, Flory Jagoda.

More about the Ensemble

Clarinetist Michael Winograd himself has shared the stage with many of today’s leading performers of Jewish music including Itzhak Perlman, Frank London, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Budowitz. He was featured on Vulfpeck’s 2016 album The Beautiful Game, joined the band in 2019 for a sold-out performance at New York’s Madison Square Garden, and also joined them in 2023 at the legendary Bonnaroo Festival. He is joined by an all-star team including trombonist Daniel Blacksberg, accordionist Will Holshouser, bassist Zoe Guigueno, and from New Jersey, drummer David Licht. In celebration of Hanukkah, the group will be joined by special guest Yiddish vocalist Sasha Lurje.

The Honorable Mentshn is:

  • Michael Winograd | Clarinet
  • Daniel Blacksberg | Trombone
  • Will Holshouser | Accordion
  • Carmen Staaf | Piano
  • Zoe Guigueno | Bass
  • David Licht | Drums
  • Sasha Lurje | Special Guest Vocalist

*Sufganiyot are from Federal Donuts and not prepared under rabbinical supervision. 

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