Program Details

Chai Fidelity: Our Favorite Jewish Songs and the Fascinating Stories Behind Them

PinkSlip Duo
Music / Jewish Culture & History
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Music of the Jewish People, like their history, can reflect both the pain of tragedy and the joy of celebration. Jewish music spans biblical to modern times (from Isaiah to Arlo), and often includes musical genres such as traditional and modern religious, Russian-Jewish folk, Israeli folk, American folk, American folk-rock, Big Band, jazz, American Songbook, Sephardic, Klezmer, Hollywood, Broadway, and popular. Singing duo Friedenberg and Bowen, will present commentary about Jewish music and Jewish musicians, and will perform their favorites in English, Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino, while the audience views the lyrics on the screen and sings along. Their commentary, accompanied by slides, contains fascinating well-researched facts, blended with heartfelt revelations about Friedenberg’s 30-year search for lost family, an odyssey that included trips to Cold-War U.S.S.R, the Hungarian countryside, and to German concentration camps in Poland, which led to astonishing discoveries that proved both heart-breaking and heart-warming, strengthening Friedenberg’s connections to some of the Jewish music many grew up with.

About the Instructor

  • Joan Friedenberg, PhD,  is a 30-year professor of education and author; and Bill Bowen, is a 35-year journalist, including working 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Both overlapped their careers with a penchant for performing music. Friedenberg (keyboard, guitar, autoharp, harmony vocals), a classically trained musician, played and sang in several bands and choruses in New York, Illinois and Florida. Bowen (guitar, harmonica, banjo, vocals) has busked in bars and restaurants from Jupiter to Key West. Their meeting in 2010 was fortuitous. Their performances in various Palm Beach County venues as the harmony-centric PinkSlip Duo led to using their complementary talents to create programs about their musical heroes. Audience testimonials reflect the PinkSlip Duo's success: "Just wonderful," "Great balance of music, talk, and photos," "Very talented, very well put together, very enjoyable." Due, in part, to this acclaim, PinkSlip Duo was named "Best Folk Band for Palm Beach and Broward Counties" by New Times.