Community Klezmer Band

Ages: 13-18, Adults

Type: Instrumental

Terms: Fall, Spring

Duration: 16 Weeks

Mondays: 7:30PM

Class Size: 15

Price:  $720 / $360 with private lessons


Location: BKCM


Musicians who play strings, winds, brass, percussion and accordion explore a century’s worth of Klezmer, examining how the music grew and changed with the migration of Jews from Eastern Europe to North America. Students learn how to recognize, perform and ornament the klezmer modes and discover a set of klezmer repertoire No previous background in Klezmer or reading music is required, and learning by ear is encouraged. Students perform alongside master Klezmer musicians in events, such as our annual Klezmer Hanukkah Party and social jams throughout the year.

Fall Semester: September 18th to January 29th

Spring Semester: February 12th to June 10th

This ensemble will perform at our annual Hannukah Concert on Dec 10th.
Winter and Spring Performances TBA

Ira Temple – Klezmer Faculty
Ira Khonen Temple is a multi-instrumentalist, music director, and embedded cultural organizer living in Brooklyn, NY. Recent credits include accordionist for Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish off Broadway, and music director of Indecent at the Weston Playhouse, Great Small Works’ Muntergang and Other Cheerful Downfalls, the Aftselakhis Spectacle Committe Purimshpil, and Zoe Beloff’s Days of the Commune. Ira was a founder of the radical-traditional Yiddish music group Tsibele. Ira creates music that is a doorway between past, present and possible futures. Working with people of diverse ages and backgrounds, Ira develops new Jewish culture that is politically fresh, relevant, and un-nostalgic while building connections between languages, communities, and time periods. Click here for more information on Ira!

Registration Info

Please call 718-622-3300 to speak to one of our registrars who will guide you through the registration process and answer any questions you might have. Financial aid is available for qualifying students. To apply please contact and fill out the financial aid application.

For complete information on our registration process and policies please click here.