The term Klezmer comes from the Hebrew words klei, meaning “vessel,” and zemer, meaning “song,” literally meaning “instrument of song.” This was the Yiddish word by which Jewish musicians were known in Eastern Europe.
Today, Klezmer Music is noted for its joyous melodies. It is easily identified by its characteristic expressive melodies, reminiscent of the human voice, complete with laughing and weeping. One cannot hear the sounds of Klezmer without feeling the urge to dance (think “Hava Nagilla”). This year our celebration of Simchat Torah will be coupled with the magical world of Klezmer.