Past Events

Mike Cohen quartet performs the music of Putti


December 15 Come hear the music of Putti performed by an all star band, theMike Cohen Quartet. Playing music from Putti’s first CD “When I Wake up – Music from Putti” as well as music from the soon to be released 2nd CD.

Saturday, December 15, 2012 – 7:30 PM
at Smokey Joe’s BBQ
494 Cedar Lane Teaneck, NJ 07666

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Dr. Lieberman Speaking in Plano Texas

Dr. Isador Lieberman will be speaking at Anshai Torah, Hazak Auxiliary Chapter, onSunday May 20th 2012 at 10 AM. Dr. Lieberman is a board member of PVAO and has been visiting Uganda as part of a medical mission for many years. He will be returning to Uganda this summer.

The event will be hosted at West Parker Road, Plano Texas, 75093


Presentation to Young Leadership at Albany NY Federation

David Epstein, founder of PVAO, will be speaking to the young leadership of the Albany NY (USA) Federation in May of 2012.

Limmud Winnipeg – Putti Village A Story of Perseverance, Music, and Love

limudDavid Epstein, founder and executive director for PVAO was invited to come speak at the Limmud learning conference in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada in February 2012. David spoke three times during the conference, and also presented at a synagogue in Winnipeg, as well as to some of the local secondary and university students on separate occasions. Several participants from the presentations have become activists in the ensuing months.

Benefit Concert in NYC featuring the Breslov Bar Band


On January 3rd 2012 the Breslov Bar Band hosted a benefit concert for PVAO in NYC that raised over $2,000. This money was used towards the recording and production of the upcoming second CD of Putti’s folk music.

From melancholy midnight meditations to funky/punky affirmations, the Breslov Bar Band explores musical expressions of the Breslov Chassidim from the traditional to the contemporary.

Blending Klezmer/Hassidic music with Middle-Eastern, Rock, Jazz, Reggae, Punk, and other musical styles in an organic manner, the band puts on a high-energy show that is both visually and musically compelling. Members are powerful improvisers and no two performances are alike. In addition to keyboards and vocals, BBB bandleader Binyomin Ginzberg plays the vibrandoneon — a mouth blown variation on the Argentinian bandoneon — which adds an intriguingly exotic component to the group’s sound.

WAMC Performing Arts Center Albany, NY: The Music of the Jews of Uganda

On October 14th 2010 the Linda WAMC Performing Arts Center hosted a lecture by Mike Cohen, co-founder of PVAO. Mike presented the music and story of the Abayudaya to a standing room only audience! Over $3,000 was raised at this wonderful event which was supported by State University of New York Albany’s Department of African Studies and Music.

Airing of Documentary – Pearls of Africa: The Abayudaya Jews of Africa with producer Guy Lieberman


The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue of West 70th St in NYC hosted a screening of Guy Lieberman’s documentary about Ugandan Jewry titled “Pearls of Africa” on June 5th @ 7 pm 2009. This documentary takes you through the journey of the Abayudaya and their incredible story. Guy was be at the viewing and available for Q&A following the movie.  Check out the SABC article about the film.