Celebrating with Israeli Swans in 2012

Celebrate International SWAN Day with 2 of Israel’s Greatest Singers 🙂

Who: Yasmin Levy in Ladino: 500 Years Young

When: Weds March 28 @ 6 PM

Where: Harold Washington Library Center (Chicago Loop)

Who: Chava Alberstein in Who I Am Now

When: Thurs March 29 @ 12:15 PM

Where: Skokie Public Library

Cost: Both Programs FREE & Open to the Public!!!

Click HERE to download flyer as a pdf –> IsraeliSwansFlyer


Ladino: 500 Years Young is a 52 minute documentary directed by Rina Papish. The film follows the rise of Ladino singer Yasmin Levy from the moment she discovers she can sing. As she gets to know herself as singer, Yasmin rediscovers her father, Yitzhak Levy, who, in the face of the decline of the language in Israel, chose to dedicate his life to recording and documenting old Ladino songs before they became extinct. On a singing tour in Spain, Yasmin connects with her identity as a Jew whose ancestors were expelled from Spain 500 years earlier, and she finds her destiny.

Click HERE for more information about Ladino: 500 Years Young.


Who I Am Now is a 54 minute documentary directed by Sivan Arbel. The film follows beloved singer Chava Alberstein as she prepares for her first Israeli concert after years of international touring and headlining events all around the world. Often thought of as the voice of Israel itself, Alberstein has been performing and writing and recording for almost 50 years.  Her songs reflect on both her deep Jewish roots and her profound connection to Israel.  A true folk singer, Alberstein both comments on and pays tribute to the world around her.

Click HERE for more information about Who I Am Now.

NOTE: These programs are both sponsored by WITASWAN (“wit-uh-swan”) = Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now. The Thurs March 29 screening of Who I Am Now is also co-sponsored by the Chicago YIVO Society. A sheynem dank!

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Jan Lisa Huttner is a Brooklyn-based arts critic & feminist activist. She is the creative force behind the SWAN Movement—Support Women Artists Now—which has just begun its third phase as International SWANs® (aka iSWANs). In the Jewish world, Jan is best known as the author of two books on Fiddler on the Roof—Tevye’s Daughters and Diamond Fiddler—both of which flow from a strongly feminist POV. She also served as both story consultant and “talking head” on the award-winning documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles.
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