The Boulder JCC had a sold-out house Saturday night for “Klezmania”, a combination concert and Chinese food buffet that the BJCC and ACE at the J hope will become the go-to Jewish community tradition for Christmas Eve, which is normally not a night with too much going on for Jews in Boulder. “We sold 300 tickets, and could have sold 400,” said Kathryn Bernheimer, director of ACE at the J about the evening.
The evening began with buffet tables of Chinese food and a lobby concert by Hagdaba, a band playing Mediterranean Jewish music (to cover the Sephardi side of the musical spectrum). Around 7:00 pm, the attendees were called into Levin Hall for the evening’s main event: a Klezmer concert featuring Sheldon Sands and the Boulder Klezmer Consort (music from the Ashkenazi European community, with a seasoning of Gypsy musical influences). Kicking off the main stage event, in honor of the evening being the first night of Chanukah as well as Christmas Eve, Morah Yehudis Fishman gave a Chanukah drash, and Rabbi Hannah Laner lit the Chanukah candles. The musical evening included performances by singers Faye Nepon and Eve Ilsen with the Boulder Klezmer Consort.