Last year, when Polish Youngstown hosted its first Klezmerklatch it was considered odd. Since the 20th century, there has sometimes been tension between the Polish and Jewish communities over their ancestors' role in the Holocaust. But it turns out that the Youngstown group was right in tune with what is happening in Poland. Many Poles have begin to look at Polish Jewish history as part of their own cultural heritage -- something to be appreciated and remembered, not cast aside, says Aundrea Cika Heschmeyer, director of Polish Youngstown.
For this reason, Polish Happy Hour Youngstown is once again hosting Klezmerklatch: A Celebration of Yiddish Life in Old Poland from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 at Kravitz's Deli in Liberty.
The entertainment features world-renowned performers Walt Mahovlich, founder of Cleveland-based eastern European music ensemble Harmonia, who will accompany vocalist Lori Cahan Simon, whose repertoire includes traditional Yiddish songs focusing on Jewish holidays and also Yiddish standards.
The two artists have worked together for more than 10 years on various projects and CDs and their program will include elements from past performances, including "Yiddish Around the Year" and "From Shtetl to Stage." Other collaborations include Lori Cahan Simon's CDs of Yiddish tunes including "Songs My Bubbe Should Have Taught Me," "Chanukah is Freylekh" and "Vessel of Song: The Music of Mikhl Gelbart."
Kravitz is also hosting Harvest Fest from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at its location at 3135 Belmont Ave., Liberty. Beer, Bands and Borscht will feature a menu of tradition Eastern European foods using produce from local urban gardens and rural farms. Local band, Brady's Leap, will perform at the event.
Jack Kravitz explains that he became involved with Grow Youngstown when he started using locally grown, organic brown eggs in the omelets at the deli.
The yolks had this orange-gold color and made such a gorgeous omelet that we just had to start using them."Now, every week, Grow Youngstown delivers Kravitz a case of eggs.
General admission for the event is $5. Call 330-759-7889 or visit www.kravitzdeli.com for more information.