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Shabbat Adult Education: From Shtetl to Stage part 1

  • 24 Feb 2023
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • White Rock South Surrey Jewish Community Centre

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From Shtetl to Stage: 

Adult Education Shabbat w/ Cantor Steve Levin!

This 2-part series of musical sessions traces the history and development of Yiddish popular music from its roots in Eastern European (late 19th century) Jewish culture to theatre and the North American stage (1930’s), and its influence on mainstream popular entertainment. 

Musical presentations will include:

  • Historical recordings from the early 1900’s featuring Yiddish theatre performers of the era.
  • Several artifacts from my music collection including early editions of Yiddish theatre sheet music and original pressings of early recordings will be displayed for viewing. 
  • Live performances of several selections by cantor Steve Levin!


STEVEN LEVIN is a singer and pianist with a rich and varied musical background. He grew up in Los Angeles where he pursued studies in classical voice and musicianship, jazz, and Jewish liturgical and cantorial music. His performing experience has included many genres from opera, art songs, musical theatre and jazz. His work has also included choral conducting, co-organizing both community interfaith and Jewish choral performances, as well as voice coaching.

He is an ordained Cantor and serves as spiritual leader of the White Rock South Surrey Jewish Community Centre, and the Burquest Jewish Community Association. 

He has released two albums of Jewish contemporary liturgical music including   “Aleinu leshabeyach—A Jazz Service” featuring music by composer Aminadav Aloni.

In addition, he has presented lectures on various musical topics such as the development of European Jewish classical art music, and music of popular songwriters of the 1920s-30’s, and has sung/played cabaret style performances of jazz standards and musical theatre throughout the Vancouver area.


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