Jewish Music Series

The Jewish Music Series at Sonoma State

is a presentation of the Department of Music and the Jewish Studies Program. Now in its fourth year, the series is widely acclaimed for its breadth, depth and musical excellence as it poses the eternal question of “What makes music Jewish?”

The concerts, a component of the “Survey of Jewish Musics” class, run about 90 minutes in length, are open to the public, and – best of all – are free! Parking charges have been underwritten by the Jewish Studies program.

For more information contact the Department of Music at 707-664-2324 or Jewish Studies Program Director Brian S. Wilson.


Past Jewish Music Series performers 


  • Sharon Bernstein
  • Scott Gerber
  • Heather Lkein
  • Jewlia Eisenberg
  • Jeanette Lewicki
  • Stephen Saxon
  • Anthony Russell
  • Sharon Goldman
  • Roslyn Barak
  • Richard Neil Kaplan
  • Jeremiah Lockwood

Chamber Musicians

  • The Bridge Players: Randy Weiss, violin; Michael Graham, cello; Marilyn Thompson, piano
  • Kristie Janczyk, piano
  • Roy Zajac, clarinet
  • Daniel Nebel, horn
  • Matthew Vincent, violin
  • Jill Brindel, cello
  • Jennifer Wilsey, percussion
  • Brian S. Wilson, conductor


  • Veretski Pass
  • The Big Galut(e)
  • Safra
  • Qadim Ensemble
  • Frank London, Glenn Hartman & Jake Marmer
  • Invisible Guy
  • The gonifs
  • Kugelplex
  • Rebbe Soul


The logo of the Jewish Music Series combines musical notation with Hebrew letters in a modern representation of "L' Chayim!" (To Life!). Concept and graphic design by Jerry Wilson.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Klezmer band, the gonifs

The gonifs: Yiddish Songs

Schroeder Hall

The Jewish Music Series launches its fourth season with singer, accordionist and Yiddish culture historian Jeanette Lewicki , joined by her band, the gonifs.

We carry the songs, the songs carry us: The gonifs take on the Ruth Rubin files

In 1948, a working mom named Ruth Rubin was studying folklore at night school in New York City while Jewish war refugees from Europe poured into the country. She started to lug a reel-to-reel tape machine around to libraries, senior centers, summer camps & living rooms to record more...View Event Details

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jewish Music Series concert 2: Amos Hoffman and Noam Lemish

Noam Lemish and Amos Hoffman: Jazz From Israel and Elsewhere

Schroeder Hall

Pianist, improviser and composer Noam Lemish is a multi-faceted artist whose performances and compositions, often characterized by intense lyricism and energy, defy categorization. Based in Toronto, Canada, Lemish is presently engaged in a diverse array of projects including, among others, a quartet with Israeli jazz guitarist/oudist Amos Hoffman.

Lemish and Hoffman will play works from their recently released album titled Pardes —an inspired blend of jazz, North African, Latin and melodies that come from various Jewish communities across the Middle-East and Eastern Europe.View Event Details

Thursday, October 25, 2018

San Francisco Choral Artists conductor, Magen Solomon

San Francisco Choral Artists: From Shtetl to Metropolis

Schroeder Hall

As Jews have dispersed around the world, their music has spread and evolved. Improvised folk styles and carefully crafted new work, beloved simple songs and edgy musical experiments — all are part of the Jewish musical diaspora and are found at festivals, in synagogues and in concert halls.

The San Francisco Choral Artists bring their acclaimed program From Shtetl to Metropolis: Jewish Musical Diaspora to Sonoma State, exploring the evolution of Jewish music as Jewish people have dispersed around the world. Selections range from simple songs to edgy experiments, featuring 20th-century and contemporary composers.

The Choral...View Event Details

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Klezmer band Veretski Pass

Veretski Pass Froyen: Klezmer Music of Women

Schroeder Hall

Vayber/Froyen: Klezmer Music of Women

Veretski Pass returns to the Jewish Music Series for its fourth year! A klezmer ensemble-par-excellence, the trio includes Cookie Segelstein, violin; Josh Horowitz, cimbalom and accordion; and Stu Brotman, zakopany cello. Their most recent project has taken them to uncharted territory, dedicated to performing the tunes collected by Sofia Magid, the Jewish ethnographer who worked intensively to document Jewish music in Ukraine during Stalin’s regime in the 1920s and 30s.

Scattered documentation about women klezmorim (East European Jewish instrumentalists) exists, but has hitherto been ignored as inconsequential, in part because, while...View Event Details

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Klezmer band Isle of Klezbos

Isle of Klezbos

Schroeder Hall

The Jewish Music Series proudly presents New York City-based Isle of Klezbos . Now celebrating two decades together, the soulful, fun-loving powerhouse all-gal klezmer sextet approaches tradition with playful irreverence and deepest respect. Band repertoire ranges from rambunctious to entrancing: Neo-traditional folk dance, mystical melodies, Yiddish swing and retro tango, late Soviet-era Jewish drinking songs, re-grooved standards, and genre-defying originals.

Broadcast credits include CBS Sunday Morning, The L Word, PBS, as well as over a dozen film soundtracks such as Grace Paley: Collected Shorts and Esther Broner: A Weave of Women. The band's acclaimed debut album Greetings From The...View Event Details