‘Jewish Poets, Jewish Voices’ returns to Astor Judaica Library
LA JOLLA, California (Press Release)–“Jewish Poets, Jewish Voices” begins its second season of three evenings showcasing original poems and songs performed by local poets and song writers, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, Jan.. 20, at the Astor Judaica Library in the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center.
Sara Appel-Lennon, columnist for San Diego Jewish World and Yael G’mach, artist and folksinger, will be the featured performers. Appel-Lennon will be reading her poetry in English. G’mach will be singing her songs in French, followed by English translations.
In addition, a plaque will be dedicated to the memory of Hal Wingard who was one of the featured poets at the first “Jewish Poets, Jewish Voices” evening last season and participated in the open mike portion of the other two evenings. Three of Hal’s lyrics will be read by his widow, Eileen Wingard. Hal’s lyrics with audio recordings of him singing his songs are published every week in the Thursday edition of San Diego Jewish World.
Joy Heitzmann, who, with Eileen Wingard, organized these programs, will chair the evening. There will be an open mike period and all are welcome to read up to 5 minutes of their original work.
The second program of “Jewish Poets, Jewish Voices” will take place on Wednesday evening, February 24, 7:30 pm and will feature high school poets from the San Diego Jewish Academy. One student will read a poem in Hebrew.
The final program on Tuesday evening, March 9, will feature Russian poet Simon Patlis, originally from Tashkent, reading his poetry in Russian, then translating into English. The second poet that night will be Gabriella Labson, reading her poems in Hungarian followed by English translations.
A unique feature of these evenings is that one programmed poet reads in a language other than English, a language spoken by members of our San Diego Jewish Community. Last year’s evenings included the Yiddish poetry of Sally Sheinok, the Hebrew poetry of Zev Bar-Lev and the Spanish poetry of Jose Galicot.
Preceding provided by the Astor Judaica Library of the Lawrence Family JCC