One Book, One Community Hosts Old World Folk Band Programs Throughout the Region!

 The Old World Folk Band, based in Harrisburg, PA will present special regional programs in seven counties in celebration of this year’s One Book, One Community book, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. The programs will be October and November.

The talented musicians and educators in the band will present a program that will make People of the Book come alive to all who attend. The presentation will include an explanation of the Haggadah and its interpretation in different cultural settings across time. Examples of illustrated Haggadahs from around the world will be available for examination.

Susan Leviton will also demonstrate the art of Hebrew hand-lettering with a special emphasis on the style of the Sarajevo Hagaddah, comparing it with Hebrew lettering arts from other geographic regions. Like art and writing, music reflects different cultures and times. The presenters will demonstrate how culture is preserved and passed down through time and how people in disparate cultures and faiths act both simply and heroically to preserve music and the arts. There will also be opportunities for participants to share their own experiences.

The band will perform music representing different periods evoked in People of the Book, including a Judeo-Spanish Passover song from Sarajevo and a Yiddish Passover song about a family of crypto-Jews who escaped the Spanish Inquisition.

The Old World Folk Band has performed Klezmer and Eastern European folk music educating audiences in the northeast U.S. for 28 years. The band’s singer, Susan Leviton, is known nationally for her skills and work as a calligrapher in the Jewish tradition. For more information about the Old World Folk Band, go to their website.


The Old World Folk Band regional performances were funded in part by the PA Council on the Arts. Calligrapher Susan Leviton is available for interview. Please contact her at or 717 236-0146.

Major sponsors of One Book, One Community are WGAL TV 8, the Robert H. & Beverly U. Fowler Family Foundation, Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli, GIANT Foods, the Lois Lehrman Grass Foundation, K&L Gates LLP, and ShowcasePA! Magazine, Glatfelter, a local paper company, is providing copies of this year’s book for outreach purposes throughout the seven counties.

One Book, One Community --- now in its seventh year---is led by libraries in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York. The regional reading campaign is intended to promote the value of reading by recommending a compelling book that links the community in a common conversation. Several communities across the country have initiated “One Book” efforts, but One Book, One Community, is the largest such effort in Pennsylvania.

Regional Presentations by the Old World Folk Band


Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 pm

Beth Israel Synagogue

Lebanon, PA – Lebanon County

717.273.7624 x.204


Wednesday, October 14 at 6:30 pm

Martin Library

York, PA – York County

717.846.5300 x.222


Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 pm

Grace United Methodist Church

Carlisle, PA – Cumberland County

717.243.4642 (Bosler Library)


Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 pm

Harbaugh-Thomas Library

Biglerville, PA – Adams County



Wednesday, November 4 from 7:00 pm

Lancaster Jewish Community Center

2120 Oregon Pike

Lancaster, PA – Lancaster County

717.207.0500 x.0 (Library System Offices)


Monday, November 9 at 11:30 am

HACC, Harrisburg Campus

Dauphin County



Monday, November 9 at 6:30 pm

Newport Public Library

Newport, PA – Perry County



Jewish Food & Cultural Festival

October 25, 2009

Temple Ohev Sholom

2345 N. Front Street

Harrisburg, PA 17110

Festival 11AM-3PM

Old World Folk Band Performance at 1PM