The Nu Haven Kapelye was formed in the late 1990s when a small group of local musicians came together to create a concert of Jewish music for the greater New Haven community on December 25. Over the last 15 years, the group has become a full-fledged year-round klezmer big band. Our members include professional musicians, students, and a whole bunch of amateur community members who love to make music. Each year, more musicians have joined the group to sing or play. When we perform, we can number anywhere from six to more than 30 musicians. That probably makes us one of the biggest klezmer bands anywhere, and we can certainly lay claim to being the largest klezmer group in Southern New England. In addition to our annual December concert, we’ve played at concerts, summer festivals, weddings, and bar and bat mitzvahs.
Musicians & Alumni
Over the years we've had a lot of musicians play in the Kapelye. Here’s a list of most of them, with the most recently in action in green)
Jay Miles, Logan Sidle, Jesse Chevan, Jacob Zonderman, Stanley Friedman
guitars, mandolins, etc.
Michael Allen, Henry Sidle, Jonathan Zabin, Seth Zabin, Louis Pollison, Bennett Kottler, Martin Levson, David Sack, guitar; Craig Harwood, Al Harary, mandolin
Michael Ross, Isaiah Cooper, Jim Berger
Sophia Colodner, Ben Kerman, Noah Chevan, Jason Jacoby, Ari Kagan, Sarah Gans, Mike Moss z"l
Dalton King, Richard Blum, Miles Singer, Mandi Jackson, Joel Abraham, Jessica Bloom, David Elkin-Ginetti, Fred Lowenbaum z"l
Stacy Phillips z"l, Jacob Begemann, Seth Rosenthal, Steve Jacobs, Ari Kagan, Yoni Battat, Jacob Pollison
Anna Reisman, Cary Jacobs, Elise Miller, Elana Kagan, Meri Harary Fleischman
Jim Serling, Eli Zabin, Nancy Horowitz, Eran Avni-Singer, Olivia Gross, Will Bartlett
Dana Astmann, Christina Crowder, Fred Smith
David Chevan, Jonathan Zabin, Sheri Levson
Hedda Rubinstein, Jackie Sidle, Cynthia Astmann, Cantor Arthur Giglio, Lauri Lowell, Linda Soha, Yoni Battat, Jonathan Zabin, Michael Allen, Bert Belford, Cantor Shoshana Lash, Cantor Dorothy Goldberg, Laurel Shader, Anna Zonderman, Sascha von Crewald, Stacey Wyner, Cantor Martin Levson, Seth Zabin
Dani Battat, Dan Lovins, Bob Cooper, Richard Gans, Eli Zabin