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Issues in Judaism Series Focuses on the History of Iranian Jews and the Tradition of Klezmer Music

Yale Strom

The Hofstra Cultural Center and Hofstra Hillel – The Center for Jewish Life on Campus are presenting the fall 2013 Issues in Judaism Lecture Series. The series features two lectures with the theme “From Ancient Babylon to America: The History and Culture of Iranian Jews,” as well as a Klezmer concert, featuring traditional and original music.

For tickets to these events, please contact the John Cranford Adams Playhouse Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. More information may also be found online at or by calling the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.


Thursday, October 17: The Jews of Iran Throughout the Ages

Thursday, November 14: The Role of Iranian Jews in the Preservation, Proliferation, and Development of Persian Music

The guest speaker for both lectures is Houman Sarshar, member, University Seminar Series, Columbia University, and director of publications, Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History. He is the editor of The History of Contemporary Iranian Jews, Vols. 2-4, 1997-2000. His other publication credits include Esther’s Children: A Portrait of Iranian Jews, 2002 and Jewish Communities of Iran: Entries on Judeo-Persian Communities, published by the Encyclopædia Iranica, 2011.

Both lectures take place at 7 p.m. at the Leo A. Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, First Floor, South Campus. The lecture series is supported in part by the Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment for the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Simon Zareh Family.

Tickets are $8 for each lecture, $7 senior citizen (over 65). Members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets for each lecture upon presentation of a current HofstraCard.


Sunday, October 27, 7 p.m.

Klezmer Concert: Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi: Hot and Spicy (Hays un Scharf)!

Featuring Yale Strom, violin; Elizabeth Schwartz, vocals; David Licht, percussion; Sprocket, bass; Lou Fanucchi and Peter Stan, accordion; Norbert Stachel, reeds

Hot Pstromi performs traditional and original Klezmer music. Much of the band’s music is based upon the extensive field research Yale Strom has done in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among Jewish and Rom (Gypsy) communities since 1981. Mr. Strom’s Stoliner Hasidic background provides the intense energy the band generates at its concerts.

The concert location is the Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus. Tickets are $10 general public, $8 senior citizen (over 65 with ID). Students and children under 18 receive one free ticket. Members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard.


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