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Collection of Skirball Museum, Los Angeles. Gift of the King S. Levin Family.

Online Classes

Yiddish Songs of Immigrant Life in America

A Sing-Along History Class

Mondays, May 18–June 8, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

About the Program

As Jews immigrated to America in the late seventeenth century, their dreams and difficulties were brought to life by the Yiddish theater. Discover songs of immigrant pain and joy in this sing-along history class. Presented in both Yiddish and English, selections range widely, including a music hall number by Boris Thomashefsky, a turn-of-the-century Yiddish penny song (sung on New York streets by Yiddish peddlers), and songs of the famed Second Avenue Theatre.


Instructor: Cindy Paley served as the Music Educator at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California for thirty-six years. For the past twenty years, she has been the cantorial soloist for Lev Eisha and N’Shama Minyan, two prayer services for women in Los Angeles. In addition to her Jewish music recordings and family concerts, Paley teaches annual Yiddish music workshops at the Jewish Culture Festival in Kraków, Poland and performs American folk songs of the 1960s with the musical trio, The Folk Experience.