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Findings Night 2024 with Maia Brown

Finding Comrades Among our Ancestors — New-Old Compositions in Yiddish

Sunday, May 19
7:30 pm PDT
$5-$25 Sliding Scale
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The Great Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)
Seattle, 98101 United States
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Note: Pre-event activities begin at 6:30PM

Art by Maia Brown
Arts & Culture

Join our artist-in-residence and special guests for an evening exploring new musical compositions drawn from the archives of leftist Yiddish poetry of the 20th Century and of Yiddish women’s and gender-expansive-people’s prayer traditions.

Preshow event activities include:

  • An exhibition of Maia’s visual work
  • Tabling by local Palestinian and Jewish organizations that are working to end the genocide in Gaza
  • 6:30PM Workshop: Rabbi Noam Lerman leads a lyrical exploration of personal Yiddish prayers that Jewish women and gender non-conforming people have recited for generations

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Maia Brown (she/her) is a visual artist, Yiddish musician, writer, translator, and educator. Brown has a background in oral history and fine art, including a Watson Fellowship to study storytelling and advocacy in South Africa and the North of Ireland. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. She is a dedicated student and teacher of her own tradition as well as the many ways people have reached out to each other across communities. You can read more about Maia’s residency in her blog posts: Scratching the Surface and Seeking a Song.

Stefanie Brendler is a Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, visual artist, translator, storyteller, and union stagehand. The founder of Seattle’s premier klezmer brass band Shpilkis, Stefanie is also a member of the Yiddish folk-punk band Brivele. Despite the constant toil under capitalism, heteropatriarchy, and nationalism, Stefanie’s artistry reflects the joys of life as a queer Jew.

Brivele, a Seattle-based ensemble, blends Yiddish song, anti-fascist and labor balladry, folk-punk, and contemporary protest themes into powerful vocal harmony. Meaning “little letter” in Yiddish, Brivele symbolizes the journey songs undertake, crossing borders and time, carrying tales of love, resistance, and resilience. Rooted in the Yiddish anti-fascist tradition, their repertoire merges satire, remembrance, and political commentary, echoing the voices of ancestors in today’s struggles. With an irreverent spirit, Brivele proudly embraces Diaspora heritage, singing in Yiddish as a testament to the enduring relevance of our mixed-up, impure Yidishkayt.

Faith Jones is a librarian, translator, and researcher of Yiddish culture in Vancouver. She is a member of the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project, which brings primary source material and accessible inquiry to the public sphere. Her book of translations of Shira Gorshman’s stories, Meant to Be and Other Stories, was recently released by White Goat Press. She is a co-translator of The Acrobat (Tebot Bach, 2014), a selection of the poetry of Celia Dropkin, and she created supertitles for the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s production of Kadya Molodowsky’s genre-defying, futuristic play “Ale fentster tsu der zun” (All Windows Face the Sun). Her research on Yiddish language activism in Winnipeg and Vancouver has been published in scholarly journals. Her essay “How to Suppress Yiddish Women’s Writing” responds to the current state of scholarly denial of the rich, complex history of women’s literary culture.

Noam Lerman (they.he.zi) is a story-collector, musician, restorative justice circle keeper, nature and shabbes lover, writer, grief tender, amulet maker, and Hebrew Scribe. They founded Der Tkhines Proyekt, which provides experimental and songful workshops that give life to Yiddish spontaneous supplications that were/are composed and prayed by women, trans, and gender-expansive people. They have been a chaplain for students, elders, incarcerated youth, and recently incarcerated fathers. They believe in teshuva, reparations, and land back, and are yearning & fighting for a world without prisons and borders.

About Town Hall Residencies
Every year, Town Hall selects exceptional local artists and scholars for paid residencies where they engage with Town Hall programs and collaborate with our programming team to develop original events for the community. Read more about our residency program here.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle.

Partnering Organizations

Donkeysaddle Projects
Palestine Grassroots Distribution Project is a small grassroots humanitarian project, growing out of urgent needs experienced by families that Donkeysaddle Projects connected to through their documentation in Gaza.

Dunya Productions
Dunya Productions creates art and performances that will inspire and impassion audiences to engage with the global struggle for social and political justice. They seek to amplify the voices of the Middle East, North African, and Arab (MENAA+) people as well as other marginalized communities.

Framing sponsorship provided by Four Corners Art & Frame Shop
Since 1986, Four Corners Art & Frame Shop, a woman-owned institution in the University District, has been a hub for framing precious memories and showcasing local artwork. Owner Allison Joseph, a Seattle native with a global upbringing, is dedicated to preserving customers’ treasures while offering a platform for local artists. Maia Brown is excited to collaborate with Four Corners for her Town Hall exhibition and performance in May.

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