Member Spotlight: Klezmore Square | Congregation Beth Am

Member Spotlight: Klezmore Square

Bringing the Joy of Klezmer Music to Beth Am

By day they are tech geeks and teachers. But by night, these five talented Beth Am members have a not-so-secret identity as Klezmore Square: Claudia Bloom (on violin), her husband, Dan Pitt (on alto horn and mandolin), Jeffrey Wolfeld (on clarinet) and his wife, Jennifer Wolfeld (on flute, piano and drums), and Danny Cher (on accordion).

The name is both a reference to the music they play and homage to Kenmore Square in Boston, where three of the band members lived at some point. An outgrowth of the Stanford Klezmer Band, Klezmore Square was founded in 2016 solely to bring klezmer music to the Beth Am community on a regular basis, playing at special events and holidays such as Simchat Torah. “We just wanted to add to the already rich musical culture of Beth Am,” says unofficial Klezmore Square spokesperson Dan Pitt. “We enjoy playing together so much and we are all very devoted to Beth Am.”

Klezmer music originated in the 19th century as wedding music in Eastern European shtetlach; Klezmore Square's modern take includes traditional Jewish songs, as well as a movie theme and even some polka-like tunes. It’s a beautiful blend that allows for a bit of improvising and fun. As Dan says, “We’ve got schmaltz running through our veins!” A sheynem dank, Klezmore Square, for sharing your talent and time with Beth Am!

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