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Touch of Klez 13

Sunday, October 18, 2020 30 Tishrei 5781

3:00 PM - 5:00 PMSJCC Social Hall

KLEX 13 has been rescheduled to October 18, 2020 [Tentative]

KLEZ 13: Featuring Shaina Lipsey, Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton and Cantor Jason Green
in Support of the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank

The thirteenth annual klezmer show, Klez 13, supporting the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank, will be held on April 5th, 3:00-5:00 p.m., at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre. Ottawa’s amazing klezmer band, A Touch of Klez, now in its 21st year, will again be providing the music.  Shaina Lipsey, Rabbi Elizabeth Bolton and Cantor Jason Green will sing Yiddish songs, with Miriam Tepper and Seymour Shlien of the Ottawa International Folk Dancers leading the dancing.

A Touch of Klez is well-known to the Jewish community. Founded in 1998, the band provides music for Jewish and non-Jewish dance groups, parties and celebrations, and often entertains residents at Hillel Lodge, The Duke of Devonshire and other locations around the city. Their focus is on traditional klezmer dance music such as bulgars, shers, Yiddish horas and traditional waltzes. The members include: Ernie Brodo (mandolin), Fred Brown (double bass), Eric Elkin (flute), Alison James (keyboard), Howard Kaplan (guitar), Keara Leibovitz (violin), Shaina Lipsey (vocals), Don McVeigh (banjo), Ruth Mendell (clarinet), Steve Shapransky ( percussion) and Peter Teitelbaum (clarinet).

There will also be a huge silent auction and special raffle at Klez 13 to help raise additional funds for the OKFB. Over 50 items will be auctioned with values ranging from $18 to $2,500,  including passes to various Ottawa museums, rounds of golf, numerous gift cards,  pieces of art, baking, NAC tickets, golfing and a two-week starter session for a new family at Camp B'nai Brith Ottawa.  Visa and Mastercard will be accepted. The silent auction will be set up outside the entrance of the social hall. Please note that the bids will close at 4:45 p.m.  If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, please contact Anita Rosenfeld at arosenfeld@rogers.comTo see the current list of auction items click here.

The Ottawa Kosher Food Bank (OKFB) plays a vital role in our Jewish community. The fact is that poverty within the Jewish community is on the increase and the cost of food continues to rise. Many of the over 150 OKFB clients are seniors or recent immigrants to Canada.

We invite members of the community and businesses to become sponsors of this important and fun-filled event.  If you would like to become a private or corporate sponsor, please contact Paul Adler at

Admission to Klez 13 is $15 per adult (kids 12 and under are admitted free); the Kosher Food Bank is the beneficiary of the proceeds. Cash for admission is preferred. Cheques should be made out to Kehillat Beth Israel Congregation specifying “Ottawa Kosher Food Bank” on the memo line.

Klez 13 will be a lively musical afternoon of dancing and singing. Bring friends and neighbours to the SJCC on Sunday, April 5th at 3 P.M. to welcome the spring with music, all in support of the OKFB.

- Paul Adler and Irwin Brodo

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