Rachel Weston is a London / New York based song collector, and performer of Yiddish song . She is a Chazzan in training at New York's Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music, where she is the recipient of the Koret Foundation Scholarship and the Atara Scholarship for Merit. In the UK she has coordinated and taught Yiddish song and niggunim workshop programmes for the Jewish Music Institute, SOAS, Kleznorth, Klezfest London, WOMAD festival, and the London Yiddish choir. She has performed and taught internationally, in Montreal, Toronto, New York, Weimar, Berlin and Krakow. Rachel is also a community workshop facilitator and leads music workshops for people with dementia and their caregivers. She serves as student cantor at Garden City Synagogue in Long Island and various Reform communities in the U.K.
Join Rachel in a lecture-performance-workshop where we’ll take a brief yet deep dive into Yiddish contemporary and folk song. We’ll consider the social and cultural narratives of the songs and how they reflect the movement and migration of Ashkenazi Jews.