Humans of Hebrew College Ed Pearlman

By Wendy Linden

Ed Pearlman

“I’ve played music all my life, but got into the world of fiddling in the 1970s, particularly Scottish music, never tiring of its variety and challenge. I’ve performed and taught throughout the USA, Canada and Scotland, for listening and for many forms of Scottish dancing, including Highland, country, ceilidh, Cape Breton step, and new dances, since my wife is a Highland dancer and choreographer. My music column in Scottish Life magazine has since 1996 explored all aspects of Scottish music and its cultural context, and I especially appreciate the egalitarian and accepting nature of Scottish culture, as exemplified by Robert Burns, which supports some people’s judgment that Scotland is the only western country to have no history of antisemitism. While I have no Scottish heritage, I love the music and culture, my kids are half-Scottish and Jewish, and I’ve run across Pearlmans, unrelated to me, who have lived in Scotland for a century.” #HumansHC

(Ed Pearlman, fiddler, who performed at Hebrew College’s reception “Scots Jews: Identity, Belonging and the Future” in 2015.)

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