Have you seen East Side Story yet? That was the original concept for West Side Story. Did you know there is a Jewish Reindeer on Santa’s sled? Who wrote ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame?’


Jewish Influence on American Popular Music 1880 – 2000 is a series of multimedia presentations given by Allan Cheskes and the Beth Shalom Synagogue of Toronto, Canada. These presentations give a fascinating history of Jews in the United States, Music in the United States, the United States as well as the Jewish Influence on American Popular music.


The series started in 2020 as live presentations at Beth Shalom Synagogue and migrated over to Zoom for the pandemic. We will be showing recordings of the presentations on Tuesday afternoons at 3:00 central time starting October 19th.   The presentations last about an hour and a half.


We are happy to be able to offer these presentations at no charge.

Please press the 'RESISTER' buttom below to select the presentations that you would like to attend. If you have any questions, please contact CHESMA at shalomsanmiguel@gmail.com.  Please note, the original broadcasts of these presentations averaged well over 100 computer participants (I can only hope that we are as successful), but we can only allow 100 computers to access each presentation at one time. If we receive more than 100 requests, we will create a waiting list in the order that the requests were received. Please let CHESMA know if you cannot attend a presentation that you registered for so that your place can be given to somebody else if necessary.

Allan Cheskes is a retired partner from Deloitte and teaches part time at Seneca College. With his extra time, he has developed this course which reflects his passion for music, history and Jews. Since the presentation’s introduction on Zoom, word spread, and the presentations have garnered interest from around the world.


We would like to thank Allan Cheskes and the Beth Shalom Synagogue for giving us permission to present the recorded presentations.


PRESENTATION DATE /ORIGINAL PRESENTATION/                                    TITLE


October 19, 2021

July 9, 2020

Russian Jews Come Off the Boat and Change the American Cultural Landscape

October 26, 2021

August 13, 2020

Louis Armstrong to the Wizard of Oz

November 2, 2021

April 13, 2020


November 9, 2021

May 21, 2020

Benny Goodman

November16, 2021

July 13, 2021

Klezmer Meets Jazz and Artie Shaw

November 23. 2021

June 4, 2020

Strange Fruit to Rock Around the Clock

November 30, 2021

June 18, 2020

Music Institutions and Meet the Chess Brothers

December 7, 2021

October 14, 2020

Leiber and Stoller

December 14, 2021

November 12, 2020

Doc Pomus and Mort Shurman Part 1

December 21, 2021

November 19, 2020

Doc Pomus and Mort Shurman Part 2

December 28, 2021

December 21, 2020

Christmas Carols

January 4. 2022

December 3, 2020

Don Kirshner and hi family of writers and the Monkeys

January 11, 2022

December 17, 2020

Broadway Musicals Part 1

January 18, 2022

January 7, 2021

Broadway Musicals Part 2

January 25, 2022

February 4, 2021

Broadway Musicals Part 3

February 1, 2022

March 4, 2021

Broadway Musicals Part 4

February 8, 2022

April 1, 2021

Meet Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield

February 15, 2022

April 22, 2021

Meet Gerry Goffin and Carole King

February 22, 2022

May 13, 2021

Meet Gerry Goffin and Carole King

March 1, 2022

June 3 2021

Meet Cinthia Weil and Barry Manalo

March 8, 2022

June 10, 2021

Let’s meet Phil Spector  Pt 1

March 15,  2022

June 24, 2021

Let’s meet Phil Spector Pt 2

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