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 fifth 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 Music” class, run about 90 minutes in length, are Free and open to the public, $5 parking fee applies.

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

If you would like to donate to the Jewish Music Series, please go to our DONATION PAGE and write "For the Jewish Music Series" in the comments. Thank you for your consideration! 

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
  • San Francisco Choral Artists

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
  • Noam Lemish, piano and Amos Hoffman, oud/guitar 
  • 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
  • Isle of Klezbos


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 3, 2020

Veretski Pass

Jewish Music Series- Veretski Pass/Old Wine in New Bottles

Zoom Meeting ID: 948 0309 6333
*Please note, all performances and dates are tentative and subject to change

In this concert, the members of Veretski Pass demonstrate how they use archival material, and spin melodies, some hundred of years old into new arrangements and compositions. In the tradition of folk musicians all over the world, these musicians put their own recognizable mark on music from the Jewish Pale of settlement and beyond. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania; Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires...View Event Details

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Randall Weiss


Zoom Meeting ID: 948 0309 6333

*Please note, all performances and dates are tentative and subject to change

In the countryside outside of Prague, Czech Republic lies the picturesque town of Terezin. During WII, the Germans used it as a concentration camp for prisoners, primarily Jews, from all over Europe. In spite of the harsh and punishing conditions, a rich cultural life flourished at Terezin, including a plethora of musical performances. Randall Weiss, violinist, will perform music written by Jewish composers at Terezin, and he will talk about the remarkable musicians who were interned there.

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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Eli Sperling Headshot

Eli Sperling: Hebrew Music and the Development of Transnational Zionism Amongst American Jewry: 1920s-1940s

Zoom Meeting ID: 948 0309 6333

*Please note, all performances and dates are tentative and subject to change

Jewish Music Series

Early Twentieth century American Jewish leaders like Solomon Schechter, Mordechai Kaplan, and Stephen S. Wise (among many others) saw Zionism and elements of emerging Hebrew culture in the Jewish Yishuv in Palestine as central to their visions of Jewish life in America. Part of the successful introduction of their brands of Zionist thought into the American Jewish mainstream—initially met with serious contention during this period—entailed importing and proliferating Hebrew music from Palestine to be used in a variety of American Jewish...View Event Details

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Lior Ben-Hur

Jewish Music Series- Lior Ben Hur/A Journey to Contemporary Jewish World Music

Zoom Meeting ID: 948 0309 6333

*Please note, all performances and dates are tentative and subject to change

Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, Lior Ben-Hur is a performing artist, music composer, director and award-winning educator Lior earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Francisco State University in the World Music program. Having a love and passion for music and world cultures, he is constantly traveling around the globe learning new musical traditions. In addition to performing, Lior is an educator and in 2013, Lior won the national Grinspoon-Steinhard t Award for Excellence in Jewish Education for his new, innovative methods of integrating music...View Event Details

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Heather Klein

Jewish Music Series- Heather Klein/Shanghai Angel

Zoom Meeting ID: 948 0309 6333

*Please note, all performances and dates are tentative and subject to change

Creating Shanghai Angel: A Story of Love, Detainment and a Lie With $2.50 in her pocket, Jewish refugee Rosa Ginsberg left her family behind in Shanghai, China, in 1940 for an uncertain future in the United States. The 18-year-old Vienna native landed at Angel Island in San Francisco Bay, site of a U.S. immigration station - and, after several weeks of detainment, was allowed to the mainland on the basis of a mostly true story. “Shanghai Angel” is a new musical based on Rosa’s journey...View Event Details

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Trio Sefardi

Jewish Music Series- Trio Sefardi

Zoom Meeting ID: 948 0309 6333

TRIO SEFARDI , a northern Virginia-based ensemble, performs traditional songs of the Sephardim, the descendants of Jews exiled from Spain in 1492. Their repertoire draws on the song traditions of Sephardic communities from the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, and North Africa, with a special emphasis on traditional and original songs they learned from their mentor, Bosnian-born singer/composer and 2002 National Heritage awardee Flory Jagoda. The trio has performed extensively at prestigious East Coast concert venues, festivals, synagogues, and Jewish community centers since forming in 2010.

Members of the trio are Susan Gaeta, lead vocals, guitar; Tina Chancey,...View Event Details