Queens Jewish Community Council Holds Concerts

Staff Writer

The Queens Jewish Community Council is bringing three Wednesdays of entertainment to Hillcrest this month.

The organization is presenting “Jewish Music Under The Stars,” a concert series that will bring a variety of Jewish music to eastern Queens. The free performances will take place at 7 p.m. in Cunningham Park, at Union Turnpike and 196th Street.

leisure“We’ve been doing this for the community to really highlight the Jewish heritage amongst the ethnic groups. It’s about 25 years old,” the QJCC’s executive director, Cynthia Zalisky, said.

The three concerts each represent a different aspect of Queens’ Jewish community, embracing the contemporary crowd, the senior citizens and the Borough’s large Bukharian population.

First up is Eitan Katz, a singer-songwriter who is well-known among the Jewish community. His latest album, “Live in Jerusalem,” made it into the top 15 on the Billboard “World Music” chart. He will play with the Y Studs, Yeshiva University’s premier a cappella group. They will hit the stage on Aug. 13.

On Aug. 20, audiences will experience Zalmen Mlotek’s Magical World of Yiddish song. The internationally recognized authority on Yiddish folk and theater music is going to be joined by several guests for his set. Actress and singer Eleanor Reissa, baritone cantor Robert Abelson, guitarist and bouzouki virtuoso Avram Pengas and an all-star Klezmer band will all make appearances for the concert.

The music series will end with a bang on Aug. 27, with the Bukharian/International Festival. The Albert Narkolayev Orchestra and Singers will headline the festival, guaranteeing a performance that audience members will enjoy.

Zalisky said she hopes the concerts give audience members “an appreciation of our heritage and how diverse our heritage is.”

Feel free to bring your own chair or blanket to Cunningham Park for the concerts. For more information, call the QJCC at (718) 544-9033.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125,, or @JoeMarvilli.