Friday, May 31: "Itsik Manger: A Modern Troubadour" with Janie Respitz


As Part of Jewish Music Week 2024, CFY is Proud to Support a Musical Program with Scholar and Entertainer JANIE RESPITZ 



Itzik Manger: A Modern Troubadour


What a terrific way to start your day! The great Itzik Manger, prominent Yiddish poet and playwright, never felt complete or at home, yet he made his readers and listeners feel so comfortable with his writings. How could such a lonely and sad man make people feel so joyful and glad through his poetry and songs? Janie Respitz explores this topic in a fascinating morning presentation, beginning with the story of Manger’s life. After that, we’ll examine, discuss and SING: Oyfn Veg Shteyt A Boym, Rabbenu Tam, Tsigayner, Yidl Mitn Fidl, Eynzam, and a few sample songs from Manger’s Megilleh.

Date: Friday, May 31, 10:00-11:00 AM

Location: Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Avenue

Free Admission; Tickets are Required


Janie Respitz is a Montreal-based Yiddish scholar and entertainer. For over thirty years she has performed in concerts throughout the world. She has taught courses relating to Yiddish language, folklore, literature and Eastern European Jewish history, at Queen’s University, McGill University, Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors and a variety of other learning environments. Janie has delighted audiences with her vast repertoire of Yiddish songs and lecture topics , and in 2019, Janie won the international Yiddish Idol song competition in Mexico City.