After Nearly 30 Years Klezkamp To Sound Final Note

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A brochure advertising this year's 30th anniversary of the KlezKamp, a week-long Yiddish Folks Art festival. (Courtesy KlezKamp)
This year's 30th anniversary of the KlezKamp will be its last. (Courtesy KlezKamp)

Tonight is the last night of Chanukah and in the last week the soundtrack at many Chanukah parties has included Klezmer, the traditional instrumental music of East European Jews.

Klezmer music was fading out in America after World War II, but a revival was sparked in the late 1970’s by young Jews from the bluegrass and old-time music scenes.

For close to 30 years now Klezmer musicians have gathered in New York, in a Catskills hotel during Christmas week, for an event known as KlezKamp. This year’s KlezKamp will be the last. Jon Kalish, a New York-based freelance reporter,  has more on the story.


  • Jon Kalish, New York-based radio reporter, writer and producer.

This segment aired on December 23, 2014.


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