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Meet the Mimouna Line Up

EMCEE’s Hannah Goldman of JFREJ’s Mizrahi & Sephardi Caucus & Reem Ramadan of Arab American Association of New York bring you an evening of:

  • Live Music with Galeet Dardashti, Yoni Battat, Jessica Lurie, April Centrone & Yoshie Fruchter
  • Storytelling with Arielle Korman, Simi Toledano, Esther Farmer & Sivan Battat
  • DJ Set with DJ H’nina
  • Flags and Visual Art by Tom Haviv
  • Sweets by Awafi Boston, Nablus Sweets & Enat Ventura

& more!

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Doors at 7:30pm.
Widdi Hall
572 56th St.
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

RSVP, and information on childcare, access, and volunteering here.

Meet the Mimouna Band

Galeet Dardashti

Vocalist and scholar Galeet Dardashti is the first woman to continue her family’s tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. She has earned a reputation as a trail-blazing performer of Middle Eastern Jewish music as founder and leader of the internationally renowned all-female musical group, Divahn, and through her multi-disciplinary commissions, The Naming (Six Points Fellowship), and Monajat (FJC Inaugural Music Commission). Time Out New York has called Dardashti’s work “urgent, heartfelt and hypnotic,” and The Huffington Post described it as “heart-stopping.” As a scholar, she holds a Ph.D. in anthropology, specializing in contemporary Mizrahi music and culture in Israel; she is currently Assistant Professor of Jewish Music & Musician-in-Residence at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan.

Yoni Battat

Yoni Avi Battat is a Boston-based multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer specializing in contemporary and traditional Jewish music from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He has performed around the world with artists such as Yair Dalal, Shai Tsabari, and Nava Tehila, to name a few. Yoni received his Bachelor’s from Brandeis University and Master’s from Boston University, studying viola performance and composition alongside Yiddish and Arabic language. He also studied oud and violin extensively in Jerusalem, where he was able to focus on Arabic maqam (mode systems) and piyutim (Jewish liturgical poems). Yonibattat.com

April Centrone is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher and music therapist based in NYC. She is the co-founder of the New York Arabic Orchestra, non-profit organization specializing in the performance and education of Arabic music, and business owner of emerging women-owned arts center, Fourth Wave (Asbury Park, NJ). She has held Arabic music lectures at universities such as Taipei University of the Arts and in NYC public schools with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Connect. She worked with Palestinian and Syrian refugee youth throughout Lebanon, and Rohingya refugee youth and female teens at safe-houses throughout Malaysia. Her debut album ‘New Moon’ (2018), a story about dying, war, love, and the sea, is available on Spotify. www.aprildrums.com

Yoshie Fruchter

Yoshie Fruchter is a guitar, bass and oud player who has made his mark with a style of playing and composing all his own. His latest project, Sandcatchers (oud and lap steel), explores the sounds of the Middle East combined with the American South. He also released two albums on John Zorn’s Tzadik records with his band Pitom and played on three others. He is notable for his work in composing, performing and interpreting Jewish music and has constantly forged new directions with his music, regardless of genre.

Seattle and Brooklyn-based Jessica Lurie is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser, performing on saxophones, flute, voice, accordion and electronics. Influenced by her parent’s love of classical, jazz, broadway and Americana, combined with having come up in the diverse Seattle music scene of the ‘90s on, she calls on a wide range of musical influences, including, funk, jazz, Americana, gospel, Klezmer, Balkan, Latin, and Afro-Cuban music, as well as a great love for free improvisation. Jessica Lurie’s distinct voice was formed from the richly diverse and eclectic Seattle and NYC music scenes. As a leader, side-person, composer and collaborator, Jessica is a regular fixture on jazz, new music, experimental jazz, funk and folk scenes, touring extensively in the US and Europe, performing on saxophones, flute, voice. Recent highlights include recognition in the 2016/2017 Downbeat’s “Rising Star for Alto Sax” poll, and the celebrated release of her Jessica Lurie Ensemble: Long Haul recording (2018, Chant Records). Current bands include: Jessica Lurie Ensemble, Tiptons Sax Quartet, Living Daylights, Sofie Salonika, Slingshot and TEPHRA. jessicalurie.com

Meet the DJ

DJ H'nina

Lola Anina/H’nina Jusidman Shoshana is a politics grad student and climate activist. A Mexican-born Moroccan-Ashkenazi Jew, she has an emotional devotion to Mizrahi politics and tradition, and to Mizrahi people. Her maternal family comes from the Marrakesh Mellah, and now lives mostly in Jerusalem. She spins Mizrahi music as DJ H’nina, after both her own Moroccan name and that of her great-aunt. Twitter: @gn_petrocrats

Meet the Storytellers

Arielle Korman

Arielle Korman is a musician, singer-songwriter, writer and graduate student. She is a co-founder of the JOC Torah Academy along with Yehudah Webster. She is in love with Jewish text, even though sometimes it makes her want to throw things across the room. She feels lucky to have seen the sparkling Pacific in her lifetime and to be surrounded by family, chosen and otherwise. She hopes one day to witness the aurora borealis in honor of her grandmother, Aurora Oteyza Rivera (z’’l).

Simi Toledano

Simi Toledano is an actress, director, solo performer, writer, teaching artist, and ritual leader. She is a proud Philadelphia native and first generation Mizrahi-Sephardic-Ashkenazi Jewish American. Inspired by her multi-ethnic lineage, and connection with her ancestors, the earth and trees, Simi has written and performed her personal stories of healing and transformation as a solo performer and with The Kaleidoscope Project, a monologue showcase featuring stories from Jews of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, directed by Vanessa Hidary. She has performed at NYC venues such as BRIC, The Triad, Dixon Place, and Big Irv’s. Recently, she was a creator/performer in the devised play This is How Girls Die with the Paperdoll Ensemble in Philadelphia. Her first short film Moondance is currently in post-production and set to be released by the end of 2019. Simi serves as a new moon ceremony facilitator and will begin her training at the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute this coming August.

Esther Farmer

Esther Farmer has been using theater as a tool for community development for 30 years. She is a former ombudsman and manager for the New York City Housing Authority, where she received international recognition for her success in crime prevention. She has been the lead facilitator for Plays for Living, one of the oldest theater nonprofits in the country. She is the author of several published articles on theater and community development and she is active in Jewish Voice for Peace where she created a play called Wrestling with Zionism which has been performed throughout the NYC metro area.

Sivan Battat

Sivan Battat is a theatre director, storyteller, teaching artist and cultural organizer focused on new plays and new musicals, as well as community based performance projects. Her work often explores the messiness of identity, of in-betweenness, belonging, and home. She comes from a legacy of women who take care of women, from Baghdad to Brooklyn, and is proud to walk in their paths. She is currently a Dorot Fellow, studying Mizrahi Feminisms, Arabic, and organizing for justice in Israel-Palestine. sivanbattat.com

Meet the Artists and Cultural Workers Who Helped to Plan Mimouna

Hannah Goldman

Hannah Goldman is an actor, writer, comedian, producer, & voiceover artist based in Brooklyn. Recently, she devised and performed in Between the Threads: Jewish Women Project at HERE Arts Center. Her community based storytelling project of Arab Jewish womanhood, In the Kitchen, premiered at the International Human Rights Arts Festival and will have a developmental run in October. She is a proud member of the JFREJ Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus and serves as Media & Marketing Bitch of the production company Experimental Bitch Presents. www.hannah-goldman.com

Sivan Battat: see above!

Tom Haviv is a writer, artist, and educator based in New York. Tom is the founder of Ayin Press, Ayin’s visual imprint, Somewhere, and Waxwing, an education lab, and is the author of Flag of No Nation, published by Jewish Currents, and Woven. tomhaviv.com, Instagram: tmhaviv, hamsaflag

Meet Who’s Behind the Sweets

Awafi Boston logo

Awafi Boston is where Arab and Jewish cuisine are one in the same. We are cousins of Iraqi Jewish diaspora, living in Boston, making meals in restaurants across the city as a tribute to our heritage. All of our family left Iraq between 1950 and 1970. Much was left behind, but not the food. Our menus are recreations of the meals we grew up eating as children, and the stories they heard of food in the old country. We are cooking to preserve the lesser known pieces of Jewish history, and Iraqi history. Plus, share some delicious recipes with our community. Facebook: Awafi Boston, Instagram: @awafiboston, Email: awafiboston@gmail.com

Nablus Sweets