Thursday, June 17, 2021

Fare The Well, HaMaqom

Lehrhaus Judaica Closes Shop After 47 Years: It is with great sorrow that Abq Jew shares the news that HaMaqom | The Place, founded in 1974 as Lehrhaus Judaica by Abq Jew's dear friend and mentor Fred Rosenbaum, will be ending operations after its summer 2021 term. 

HaMaqom Lehrhaus

HaMaqom | The Place has deep roots in the San Francisco Bay Area. For 47 years, the institution has provided inclusive and accessible adult Jewish education to students from all backgrounds. Abq Jew finds it extraordinarily difficult to see this phenomenal venture come to an end.

Abq Jew will (Billy Nader) post more about Fred Rosenbaum, Lehrhaus Judaica, and what they have meant to him over the years. For now, Abq Jew pays tribute with Dink's Song: Fare Thee Well.

Here is one of the sweetest recordings Abq Jew has found. It's from Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Concert (The Clearwater Concert), held at Madison Square Garden on May 3, 2009.

Dink's Song (sometimes known as "Fare Thee Well") is an American folk song played by many folk revival musicians such as Pete Seeger, Fred Neil, Bob Dylan and Dave Van Ronk, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Cisco Houston as well as more recent musicians like Jeff Buckley ... 
The first historical record of the song was by ethnomusicologist John Lomax in 1909, who recorded it as sung by an African American woman called Dink, as she washed her man's clothes in a tent camp of migratory levee-builders on the bank of the Greater Calhoun Bayou River, a few miles from Houston, Texas ....
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