Events at the Vilna Shul

A Musical World Recaptured: Klezmer and Yiddish Music Before the Holocaust

Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8:30 pm

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A Concert and Commemoration to Benefit the Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture

The rich and vibrant world of Yiddish music, like European Jewry itself, seemed nearly destroyed in the Holocaust, but the legacy of Yiddish music has not been lost. As we commemorate Yom HaShoah this year, we will also celebrate the living heritage of the music that has survived and now thrives again.

From the folk dances that became klezmer wedding staples, to Yiddish theatre tunes, to songs of resistance and of the Jewish labor movement, we will sing and play Jewish music  -- in remembrance of those we lost, and in celebration of a living tradition that we are passing to future generations.

About Shir Madness:
For nearly a decade, Shir Madness has been bringing the joys and Oys of Yiddish music to synagogues, community events, senior centers, and family simchahs in the Greater Boston area. Its repertoire ranges from the Yiddish folk dances of Eastern Europe to the swing-tinged showtunes of 2nd Avenue Yiddish theatre, to new music inspired by our past.

Tickets for this benefit are $18 general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Children under 10 are always free.

To register or for more information contact Jessica Antoline, Program Manager, at 617-523-2324 or


The Vilna Shul is easily accessible by public transportation. We are just a 4 minute walk from the MBTA Redline Charles/MGH stop and a 8 minute walk from the Green Line Government Center Stop. We highly encourage using public transportation when visiting the Shul.

Public Transit Directions:

After exiting the Charles/MGH MBTA Red Line station, turn left, cross Cambridge Street (to the CVS), turn left, and walk east down Cambridge Street under the elevated subway. Proceed east on Cambridge Street past Lindall Place, an alley, and Grove Street to Anderson Street. Turn right on Anderson Street and walk one block up Anderson Street to Phillips Street. Turn left/east onto Phillips Street. The Vilna Shul is 1/2 block down Phillips Street on the right/uphill side of Phillips Street.


The Vilna Shul offers $5 validated parking after 4pm on weekdays and on weekends. Validation is good inside the Charles River Plaza Parking Garage across the street from the Shul and next to the Au Bon Pain and Holiday Inn, not in the surface lot in front of the Whole Foods. Just look for the garage entrance near the intersection of Cambridge St. and Blossom St.

You must validate your green ticket at the Shul for free/reduced parking.