Community Klezmer Initiative

Once a main hub of Klezmer culture, Philadelphia is again playing its tune. The Community Klezmer Initiative, dedicated to creating new Klezmer culture, is a Philadelphia-based 501(C)(3) organization created in 2012 that supports cultural continuity and innovation. Klezmer culture is alive and thriving and we, Community Klezmer Initiative participants, represent a new generation of Klezmer culture lovers. There is a new energy, a new shtetl, a new vibrance given to existing histories, a paying homage to traditions and a creation of new histories. New music, dance, poetry and art are taking on lives of their own and Philadelphia is feeling it.