An annual tradition celebrating Brotherhood:


Presented by

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

With the participation for the first time with Oscar- and Grammy-nominated

IMPACT Repertory Theatre

Introductory remarks by NYC Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President of The New York Board of Rabbis Returns Off Broadway For One Performance on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend to celebrate the music and shared experiences of the African American and Jewish communities:

Sunday, January 19 at 2pm

at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

(New York, NY)—Soul to Soul, the electrifying and emotionally captivating theatrical concert that explores the parallels of African American and Jewish history takes the stage this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend. Presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), Soul to Soul will include for the first time the participation of Oscar- and Grammy-nominated IMPACT Repertory Theatre. The event will begin with an introduction by Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President of The New York Board of Rabbis, and New York City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., who represents the Council’s 36th District spanning Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.

The annual concert will play on Sunday, January 19, 2pm, Off Broadway at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NYC.

Soul to Soul—which traditionally sells out—follows the experiences of two minority peoples and their paths to America’s promise of freedom—overcoming segregation, prejudice, and economic hardship. The concert portrays stirring songs in Yiddish and in English, culminating in a high-energy collection of enthralling music, celebrating the historic partnership between the African American and Jewish people during the Civil Rights Era.

“At this moment in history, we are reminded that performing our songs is both a joyful expression of pride in our culture and an act of spiritual resistance against those who would, yet again, attempt to silence us,” said Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director, and Motl Didner, Associate Artistic Director, at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. “Whatever language we express ourselves in, whether we tell our stories in a house of worship, school, library, community center, or theater, and whether we adhere to tradition or embrace the modern world, we will stand as one against hatred and not remain silent. We welcome anyone who wishes to stand with us in this resurgent climate of division to join us in celebration and in unity.”



    PRESS RELEASE: February 17, 2020

    Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group and Williams Institutional CME Church presents "IT IS AFRICAN"
    Featuring the music of the AfroHORN Band & International
    Oyu Oro Afro- Cuban Dance Company 


    HARLEM: FEBRUARY 17, 2020
    Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theatre Group and Williams Institutional CME Church will present IT IS AFRICAN, a spiritual afternoon of African music and dance, on Sunday March 8, 2020 at 5pm. This special Harlem premiere performance features Francisco Mora-Catlett and his New York-based Afro Horn jazz ensemble, and a dance performance by the extraordinary Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance company, co-founded by Mora-Catlett's wife, Cuban dancer, international Afro-Cuban folk-lore performer, choreographer, teacher and dance ethnologist from Santiago de Cuba Danys "LaMora" Perez.

    (February 2020 – Harlem, New YorkClassical actress and producer Debra Ann Byrd undertook a remarkable journey to take on the role of Shakespeare’s noble general Othello — which she recently performed for Southwest Shakespeare Company at Taliesin West, winning her the 2019 Broadway World Arizona Lead Actress Award.  This past fall the actress recorded her experiences on becoming ‘The Moor of Venice’ as writer-in-residence at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in the UK, where she first performed her new solo show. 

    Now Southwest Shakespeare Company in partnership with Phoenix Art Museum are working together to celebrate Black History Month and Women’s History Month in Phoenix featuring visiting artist Debra Ann Byrd, as she performs her one-woman show BECOMING OTHELLO: A Black Girl’s Journey for a limited run at the Phoenix Art Museum, February 22 – March 29, 2020.

  • Voza Rivers / New Heritage Theatre Group and Rudi Mbele presents WOZA SOUTH AFRICA
    HARLEM: FEBRUARY 20, 2020 
    MOTHERLAND Messengers will make their Harlem debut as part of their 2020USA tour on Friday, March 6,at 7 PM at the historic Williams CME Church. Motherland Messengers are an ensemble of South African Gospel recording artists and musicians. Collectively they have wom numerous individul awards and have performed all over the world. This talented group of singers and musicians celebrates the power of spiritual music in their native languages and English and various musical genres including South African traditional gospel, Acapella, American Gospel and R&B. The producers are inviting all New Yorkers to come out and experience this complimentary performance and  these talented artists..
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