April 28, 2016

Mauro Braunstein Nusach Database

Mauro Braunstein, a mathematician and composer, has put together a database of nusach melodies with score that he has transcribed. The database contains thousands of variations of nusach covering the gamut of Jewish liturgical texts. It is divided by liturgy (weekdays, Sabbath, holidays), life cycles, and trope. Within these sections are myriad examples of the melodies and traditions of singing for the texts. There is score set for each of these, and some links to outside sound files as well. The purpose of the site is to offer a leader or researcher musical options to sing the services. Braunstein also offers his services for transcribing recordings into sheet music of those who contact him, which many will find extremely useful. This is an excellent site as a resource for finding nusach in musical notation, although some may find some of the options given within a score somewhat confusing, most will find this very helpful. http://offtonic.com/nusach/
Posted by jmwc at 06:34 PM

Shaar Hashamayim Synagogue in London

A full complement of material for learning congregational tunes and the hazzanut of the London Sephardi tradition is available in mp3 format online. The website contains a wealth of music materials. https://sites.google.com/site/shaarhashamayimlondon/
Posted by jmwc at 06:18 PM

November 29, 2015

Judith Berkson Presents Cantorial Music from the YIVO Archive

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 at 7:00pm
YIVO Institute at The Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York

Acclaimed singer musician Judith Berkson presents arrangements of music from the YIVO sound archives, including from unreleased and rare recordings from Eastern European cantorial singing from the "Golden Age" of Cantors. Berkson, Frank London, Lana Cencic, and Cleek Schrey, reinterpret the sounds of Chagy, Karniol and Sophie Kurtzer. Berkson has composed new music inspired by the YIVO sound collection.

The New York Times has written: Of Judith Berkson's CD Oylam: "Standards and Schubert and liturgical music, swing and chilly silences...I can't get enough of it."

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the YIVO website: yivo.org/berkson Performance includes: Farfisa and Viscount vintage analog organs, vocals, effects, trumpet and Hardanger d'amore fiddle.

Judith Berkson is a soprano, pianist, composer and cantor, and has composed and arranged music for the Kronos Quartet.
Posted by jmwc at 09:46 PM

June 12, 2015


The Leib Glantz Project Team announces that the website of the LEIB GLANTZ PROJECT is now up and running on the Florida Atlantic University website.

This following last year’s publication of the 500-page book THE LEIB GLANTZ PROJECT that included three audio compact disks.

You can gain access to this website by logging on to:
The website is defined as “Sound ‘n Scores” - a project of the Recorded Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University Libraries in Boca Raton. It is a unique online approach to music studies, which combines the experience of hearing recorded sound tracks while viewing corresponding sheet music.

The website contains 43 Leib Glantz compositions, organized into seven content areas in the order they are performed in Jewish prayer services.
Displayed pages of over 100 scores of new arrangements composed by several world famous musicians, many by Raymond Goldstein in collaboration with Cantor Naftali Herstik. The arrangements are presented in various keys for the convenience of performers with different vocal ranges.
The user may click on the sheet music image to select a specific composition.
The first page to appear is an introduction explaining the composition, followed by the musical score. Audio tracks are shown in the player on the upper right side of the page.
Track 1 is an original recording of the composition by Cantor Leib Glantz.
Track 2 is an audio of the new arrangement as produced by Finale software.
Translations and transliterations are available by clicking on the book icon beneath the player. The menu at the top of the page can be used to navigate, zoom and print. The user may print any of the new arrangement musical scores free of charge.

In addition, the site contains a biography of Cantor Leib Glantz, photos, and access to all Cantor Glantz’s historical recordings.

We would like to thank all the donors that made this project a monumental success and to the very dedicated staff at FAU: Dr. Maxine Schackman, Yom Chouloute, Alethea Perez and Ben Roth.

The Editorial Board of the Leib Glantz Project –
Raymond Goldstein, Cantor Naftali Herstik, Cantor Evan Cohen, Cantor Benjamin Maissner and Noam Brown.

The Leib Glantz Project is dedicated in honor of Cantor Yonia Glantz (1903-1962), Leib’s brother.
Posted by jmwc at 05:36 AM

April 20, 2015

Anshe Emet’s 13th Annual Kaplan Concert Presents Alberto Mizrahi and Friends: A Global Mélange of Music

Anshe Emet's annual Kaplan Concert will honor Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi and his 25 years of service to the synagogue. The concert will include performances from world famous Hazzanim who will be in Chicago for the annual Cantors Assembly.

Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi
One of my goals as incoming President of the Cantors Assembly is to find ways to meld the traditional modes and magnificent music of our past with more contemporary melodies and musical interpretations.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 13, 2015 Anshe Emet Synagogue announced that its 13th Annual Dr. Arnold Kaplan Concert will be a musical celebration that will include participation from Hazzanim (Cantors) from all over the U.S. in honor of Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi’s 25 years of service to the Congregation and his installation, that evening, as president of the Cantors Assembly, the largest body of Cantors in the world.

The celebration called, Alberto and Friends: A Global Mélange of Music, is set for May 6, 2015, Wednesday, beginning at 7:30 at Anshe Emet, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago, Il.

The Cantors Assembly will hold its annual convention in Chicago, May 3-7, drawing 250 Cantors from around the world. The meeting will culminate with the Kaplan concert that will feature a world class array of Hazzanim including, Roz Barak, San Francisco, CA; David Feuer, Palm Beach, FL, Herschel Fox, Encino, CA; Magda Fishman, Stamford, CT; Kim Komrad, Gaithersburg, MD; Jacob Benzion Mendelson, White Plains, NY; David Propis, Southfield, MI; Mike Stein, Woodland Hills, CA; Sol Zim, Hollis Hills, NY; with accompanist, Craig Terry (Lyric Opera), and special guests, Grammy Award winning Howard Levy and his ensemble.

“One of my goals as incoming President of the Cantors Assembly is to find ways to meld the traditional modes and magnificent music of our past with more contemporary melodies and musical interpretations, “ Hazzan Mizrahi said. “During the convention, we will spend a great deal of time exploring the history of Jewish music while we also seek out new musical experiences that the Cantors can bring to their synagogues to give their congregants additional paths to appreciate prayer and engage in spiritual life.

“We are calling the evening ‘Alberto Mizrahi and Friends’ because colleagues and close friends of mine from around the U. S. will participate. And the ‘Global Mélange of Music’ refers to the diverse music the concert goers will be able to enjoy, from Ladino music, Yiddish music, contemporary Israeli songs, Country style fiddling and an operatic duet,” Hazzan Mizrahi added.

Tickets are $20 and available at: ansheemet.org/Kaplan.

About Anshe Emet Synagogue
Anshe Emet Synagogue is one of the oldest and most prominent congregations of Conservative Judaism in America. It is well known for a variety of prayer services, a multi-generational membership and a broad range of programming.

Posted by jmwc at 10:05 PM

February 20, 2014

ECA Budapest Cantors Convention

Booking is now officially open for the ECA Budapest Cantors Convention
July 2014: Thursday 10 - Monday 14th.
Guest teachers: Asher Hainovitz and Yaakov Motzen
Subject the High Holydays

Convention includes Shabbat Services in the Hungarian tradition, a concert by world class cantors and an evening for young talent to perform. It also includes a Tour of Jewish Budapest and a personal tour of the Dohány Street Synagogue on Sunday afternoon.

Fees: full fee is £245 and for students it is £145. Some scholarships are available particularly for Eastern European delegates. There is a £15 discount on all bookings before 30 April.

This year the prices include (as well as breakfast and light lunches) Shabbat lunch and dinners on Thursday, Friday and Sunday for delegates. Accommodation is not included, but for early bookers there is a special discount price at the Convention Hotel: The Golden Park, which is near the synagogue. (See below for details)

Accompanying guests may to join us for evening meals and entertainment as well as Shabbes lunch and the Tours for reasonable prices. Please book these on the Registration Form.

To get a registration form email: convention@cantors.eu
Details and registration form will soon on the ECA website www.cantors.eu
Posted by jmwc at 01:26 PM

October 01, 2013

75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht Commemorated with the Glorious Music of Salomon Sulzer and Louis Lewandowski

Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s Senior Cantor, Rebecca Garfein, Associate Cantor, Shayna De Lowe and Cantorial Intern, Ben Ellerin will commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht-“the Night of Broken Glass”, with the rarely performed and glorious music of renowned Viennese Cantor, Salomon Sulzer and Berlin composer, Louis Lewandowski at 6p.m., Friday, November 8, 2013 during Shabbat services. Also featured will be the newly commissioned song-cycle, “Perhaps a Butterfly,” composed by Eliot Bailen in memory of Cantor Garfein’s great-grandmother, Settchen Feist who after being sent to Theresienstadt, subsequently perished in Auschwitz. The song-cycle utilizes four poems written by children of Theresienstadt.

Rodeph Sholom’s Organist, J. David Williams and an augmented professional choir, will accompany the cantors. Kristallnacht occurred exactly 75 years ago on the night of November 9, 1938 and marked the beginning of the Holocaust. On Kristallnacht, Jewish homes, synagogues and businesses were destroyed by the Nazis and because of this violence, the streets were covered with the smashed windows, hence the name, “the Night of Glass.” This event is free of charge and the entire community is invited to attend. Rodeph Sholom is located at 7 West 83rd Street (off Central Park West.)

Cantor Rebecca Garfein is the Senior Cantor of Congregation Rodeph Sholom and is the first female Cantor to hold this position in the history of the congregation.

Cantor Garfein has appeared in numerous recitals throughout the United States, Israel, and Europe and has two solo CD recordings, a live recording from the 1997 Jewish Festival in Berlin entitled, “Sacred Chants of the Contemporary Synagogue” and her first studio recording, “Golden Chants in America...Commemorating 350 years of Jewish Music, 1654-2004,” the first U.S. recording to feature Jewish music spanning 350 years of life in America.

Cantor Garfein graduated cum laude from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with a degree in vocal performance and opera. In 1993, she received her Master’s Degree in Sacred Music and Cantorial Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

Strings Magazine writes, "At Merkin Hall (NYC) ‘cellist Eliot Bailen displayed a warm focused tone, concentrated expressiveness and admirable technical command always at the service of the music” (July, ’99). Eliot Bailen is principal cello of the New York Chamber Ensemble, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Orchestra New England, New York Bach Artists, Teatro Grattacielo and the New Choral Society. Founder and Artistic Director of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble whose performances the New York Times has described as “the Platonic ideal of a chamber music concert.” (July, 2005), Mr. Bailen is founder of the Chamber Music series at Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York. Mr. Bailen received his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from Yale University and is on the cello and chamber music faculty at Columbia University and Teachers College. Mr. Bailen has also gained national attention as a writer and producer of children's music receiving over twenty-five commissions (including a Yale Alumni grant) for his "Song to Symphony" project, an extended school residency program that presents children's original musicals in an orchestral setting (subject of a NY Times feature article, Sept. 2006).

Cantor Shayna De Lowe is the Associate Cantor of Congregation Rodeph Sholom since 2007, having been ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion that same year. Cantor De Lowe grew up in Springfield, MO and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Music Education.

Cantor De Lowe wrote her master’s thesis about the music of the Ethiopian Jews as a result of her interest in world Jewry and her time spent in Israel during her Cantorial studies. While living in Jerusalem, she spent time researching the Ethiopian community and completed her thesis and subsequent recital, “I am Black and Beautiful, O Daughters of Jerusalem: The Development of the Music of the Ethiopian Jews here in New York.”

Ben Ellerin is a fourth-year cantorial student at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. He earned both his undergraduate and his master of music from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

While an undergraduate, Ben founded and served as music director of IU Hillel’s Hooshir, a 12-member auditioned Jewish a cappella group that performed at the 2006 White House Hanukkah Party under his preparation and leadership. Beyond his studies and work as a graduate instructor, Ben conducted the IU Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra and was active throughout the Midwest as a conductor, singer, and cantorial soloist.

The entire community is invited to join us. Congregation Rodeph Sholom is located at 7 W. 83rd Street off of Central Park West. For more information, please call 646-454-3030.
Posted by jmwc at 10:27 AM

July 24, 2013

European Cantors Convention Report

The report of the 8th European Cantors Convention is now on their website http://www.cantors.eu and written by Charles Heller.
Posted by jmwc at 01:31 PM

July 14, 2013

The Music of Un’taneh Tokef

RJ.org has a blog column by Lisa Levine, The Music of Un’taneh Tokef, from June http://blogs.rj.org/blog/2013/06/06/the-music-of-untaneh-tokef/. Lisa Levine is the Cantor of Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, MD. Her original compositions are published by Transcontinental Music. Her website is:http://www.cantorlisalevine.com/ with links to her audio and sheet music downloads through oysongs.com. Among other publications is her Soulful Shabbat Ruach Band Book which is "an entire original Shabbat evening service by Cantor Lisa Levine, written for the choirs, bands, and congregation..."

Posted by jmwc at 10:30 AM

February 24, 2013

2013 European Cantors Convention

The European Cantors Association is delighted to announce the next European Cantors Convention.

It will take place in London, at Central Synagogue, from Monday 17 to Thursday 20 June 2013, followed by a Shabbaton 21/22 June. The convention will open with a concert on Monday 17 June.

The Guest cantors will be the incredible composer, practitioner and educator Sol Zim from New York, and the outstanding teacher / practitioner who proved so excellent and popular last year Yehezkel Klang from Israel.

This convention is for practicing prayer leaders of all backgrounds, for choirmasters and choristers and for congregants – and for anyone interested in the music of the synagogue. The subject will be Shabbat Unwrapped: We will be working in small groups with our guest teachers to uncover everything you need to know about the music of Shabbat services.

The registration form is attached – more details are on the website http://www.cantors.eu/8thConvention.html

There is a £15 early booking discount. Please book early and spread the word so we have a good crowd attending to benefit from these wonderful teachers and practitioners.

The convention is supported by the Jewish Music Institute and Central Synagogue

More news about ECA the new organisation for the future of synagogue music and what it stands for on the website www.cantors.eu . Or contact convention@cantors.eu
Posted by jmwc at 12:05 PM

November 15, 2012

From Psalm to Lamentation: A Concert of Cantorial Masterpieces

Pro Musica Hebraica presents
From Psalm to Lamentation: A Concert of Cantorial Masterpieces
Cantor Netanel Hershtik,
The Hampton Synagogue Choir
& The Amernet String Quartet

A concert honoring a rich tradition of cantorial masterpieces capturing their fundamental duality: joy and despair, longing and redemption, the deeply haunting and the wildly celebratory.
Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm
Co-presented with the Eldridge Street Museum
Eldridge Street Synagogue
12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002

Purchase online http://psalmtolamentation-eorg.eventbrite.com/#
or call (212) 219-0888, ext. 205.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. A limited number of VIP premier seats are available for $100.
Additional event at:
Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 pm
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Terrace Theater
Washington, D.C.
Purchase online http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=RNPMB
or call (202) 467-4600.
Tickets are $38 each.
Posted by jmwc at 02:13 PM

June 04, 2012

Cantor Israel Rand on YouTube

Jewish music has been in the concert halls for a while. Many tapes are finding their way to YouTube. Example here is: Mi Sheberach, 12th Annual Cantorial Concert, West Palm Beach, FL 1997, for Cantor, Chorus and Orchestra. Yeah, that's not news.... everyone knows YouTube has multiple tons of stuff.... but Thanks to The Edit Centre, West Palm Beach FL to putting up so many cantorial videos on YouTube!
Posted by jmwc at 05:44 PM

November 29, 2011

JTS Cantorial School Concert

Sunday, December 4, 2011
Time 4:30
FREE concert featuring the JTS Cantorial School Chorus, directed by Hazzan David Tilman and accompanied by Elizabeth Rodgers, singing Cantorial classics, Israeli and modern Jewish art music, and Chanukah favorites (and a few surprises!)
Wine and cheese reception to follow the concert, hosted by Temple Gates of Prayer.
Please come out and support the next generation of Hazzanim and other lovers of Jewish music.
Complimentary valet parking is available in the synagogue parking lot.
Temple Gates of Prayer in Flushing NY is 20 minutes from Manhattan by car, about 4 miles from the Whitestone Bridge and 10-15 minutes from the Triboro.

Temple Gates of Prayer is accessible via the Flushing-Main St station of the #7 subway (3 blocks), or by a 17-minute ride on the LIRR Port Washington Branch to Flushing-Main St (5 blocks).
Posted by jmwc at 10:36 PM

September 15, 2011

Jerusalem Institute for Chazzanut

Event: Jerusalem Institute for Chazzanut sings Kabbalos Shabbas - Modjitz!
Start Time: September 16, 2011 at 6:30pm
Location: Emet V'Emunah, 1 Narkis Street, Nachlaot Jerusalem
Posted by jmwc at 09:49 AM

August 26, 2011

Sh'ma Yisrael

Sh'ma Yisrael by Leib Glanz-- As YouTube captures comparisons of performance
Kol Rina Choir
Arrangement by Raymond Goldstein
(Where we can hear another superb arrangement by Goldstein).

Kol Rina Choir - Youth at the Center Series Mishkenot Shaananim Jerusalem
Cantor - Netanel Baram
Conductor - Roi Azulai
Arrangement by Raymond Goldstein

and Lieb Glanz from older recording

or another modern cantorial rendition by Cantor Moshe Muller

and not least, David Apfel
Posted by jmwc at 02:45 PM

August 01, 2011

More Siddur Learning Aids

Here's another way, with liturgical texts from the Siddur, (Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Kulanu)... http://kakatuv.com/index.html that has Hebrew text, transliteration and translations overlays in pdf format. These are on printable sheets and have page numbers corresponding to popular siddurim. After you have the texts, you can also get the music at Siddur Audio: http://www.sidduraudio.com/links.html
Posted by jmwc at 11:57 AM

July 31, 2011

APAC France

The Cantorial Association in France has a website that tells about their organization, including listening clips from their various recordings, both CD and DVD, a photo gallery of activities and concerts, listings of concerts with posters, and biographical listings of various cantors.
Posted by jmwc at 11:05 AM

June 14, 2011

Ashbourne Music Publishing

Ashbourne Music Publishing is a liturgical and secular publishing house specializing in Jewish music --"contemporary music anchored in Jewish tradition" --as their slogan indicates. The publishing house features the music of several outstanding composers including Charles Davidson, Temple Painter and Max Wohlberg. The website offers access to information about the composers, and the music via CDs, DVDs, scores and books and articles. Featured are music for chorus, wedding music, solo voice and musical dramas. Also published are several important volumes of cantorial music, which have been endorsed by some of the most famous cantorial authorities in America.
Posted by jmwc at 11:09 PM

January 06, 2011

Jacob Mendelson at viewing of Cantor's Tale

Date: Friday, January 28, 2010
Time: 6PM - Erev Shabbat Services; 7:15PM - Film Viewing
Price: Free, open to the community
Contact: Cantor Rebecca Garfein,
RSVP: requested
Telephone Number: 646-454-3030
Website: www.rodephsholom.org
Artist/Speaker: Cantor Jacob Mendelson
Event Description: Cantor Jacob Mendelson will lend his magnificent voice and neshama (soul) to Erev Shabbat Services, followed by a viewing of his award winning film, A Cantor's Tale, and a question and answer session. On Saturday, following the 10AM Shabbat Service, Cantor Mendelson will demonstrate and discuss the styles of Cantors from the Golden Age, introduce his family zemirot (songs) to the congregation, and explain that the DNA for hazzanut is contained therein.
Posted by jmwc at 10:51 AM

October 25, 2010

100 Voices: A Journey Home Encore Screenings November 11

100 Voices: A Journey Home Encore Screenings November 11 Jewish and Polish cultures, once interwoven for centuries, reunite for an unprecedented and poignant event of remembrance, healing, resilience and rebirth in 100 Voices: A Journey Home. Check the website for a theater near you: http://www.100voicesmovie.com/

"FILM PICK OF THE WEEK. A reason to rejoice. . . A warmhearted documentary. . . The tour footage is emotional. . . "
— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"A remarkable visual tour of Jewish Life in prewar Poland. . . "
— Tom Turgend, Jewish Journal

"A profound expression of the healing power of music. . . deeply affecting. Glorious simply as a concert film, but immeasurably more."
— Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"Powerful, rewarding and inspiring. These voices will lift you."
— Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine
Posted by jmwc at 10:48 AM

October 09, 2009


A website, Chazzunes has gathered numerous YouTube videos of various cantors from historical images as well as the current day and listed them alphabetically by the name of the hazzan. It also has links and ads for events and recordings of cantors and you can follow entries on twitter or facebook. Chazzunes for the modern age.
Posted by jmwc at 10:47 AM

June 16, 2009

Katchko: Three Generations of Cantorial Art

Katchko Deborah Katchko-Gray announces the release of the compilaton Katchko: 3 Generations of Cantorial Art, featuring the music of Adolph Katchko, and including a CD of music sung by Cantor Katchko-Gray. The book is a combination of scholarly articles about the lives and work of Cantor Adolph Katchko (1866-1958) and CantorTheodore Katchko (1927-1997) and music. Essays on the nature of the cantorate, and transcripts of talks given by the cantors, as well as still photos from the film "The Voice of Israel", family memorabila, letters, programs, and testimonials, all lend to the interesting archival presentation in the work. In addition to this background material, the important musical works of Adoph Katchko are presented in score with guitar chords in "female friendly" vocal ranges. These vocal arrangements by Deborah allow this music to become available to everyone, including modern female cantors who wish to sing the music of the "Golden Age" of cantors. The collection is published by Tara Publications and is available at http://www.jewishmusic.com/
Posted by jmwc at 04:22 PM

February 01, 2009

Kultur Festival 2009: Keynote Tradition & Transformation

Jack Mendelson panel
Kultur Festival 2009: Keynote Tradition & Transformation, 1 Mar 2009
FAU Libraries & Klezmer Company Orchestra Present
Kultur Festival 2009
A Celebration of Jewish Music & Arts
February 25-March 1, 2009 @ Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL

Keynote Address
"Tradition and Transformation" Rabbi Irwin Kula
Sunday March 1, 2009 @ 1 p.m.
Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center (FAU)
Tickets $5
http://www.library.fau.edu/news/Kultur_Slide_Show/index.htm Rabbi Irwin Kula, noted radio and TV personality, author, international speaker and co-president of CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), shares his progressive philosophy on Jewish wisdom and its relationship to the past, present and future. One of the festival's highlights, Rabbi Kula's keynote address examines the role of Jewish arts and culture in the 21st century.

For tickets, call 800-564-9539 or visit www.fauevents.com/kulturfest.html. For more information on KCO, visit www.klezmercompany.com. A limited number of festival passes are available and must be purchased by phone or in person at the FAU Box Office

Kultur Festival 2009 is the first festival of its kind in South Florida. This five-day celebration of Jewish culture includes concerts, presentations and lectures that feature a diverse selection of music, song, dance, film and book arts. Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO), led by conductor and festival director Aaron Kula, presents the festival's grand finale concert Tantz, Samba & Soul together with the renowned Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches. Other guest artists and speakers include distinguished New York City Cantor Jacob Mendelson, filmmaker David Weintraub and authors Rabbi Irwin Kula and Heidi Smith Hyde.

Kultur Festival takes place on FAU's Boca Raton campus at four different venues: the Wimberly Library (fifth floor), the Barry and Florence Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center, the Live Oak Pavilion in the Student Union and the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium.

Kultur Festival 2009 has been made possible in part through a grant from American Express. Additional support provided by the Nathan and Marion Crosby Holocaust and Judaic Library Collections Endowment Fund, Jewish Cultural Society at FAU, South Florida Association of Jewish Libraries, FAU's Lifelong Learning Society and FAU's Student Union.

Posted by jmwc at 02:06 PM

October 06, 2008

'Prince of Kosher Gospel,' Joshua Nelson, To Kick Off Mitzvah Weekend

The 'Prince of Kosher Gospel,' Joshua Nelson, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Manhattan

The 'Prince of Kosher Gospel,' Joshua Nelson, will perform during the 6p.m. Shabbat Services, Friday, October 17, 2008 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Manhattan. Cantor Rebecca Garfein, Senior Cantor of Congregation Rodeph Sholom along with Assistant Cantor, Shayna Peavey and the Rodeph Sholom Children's Choir, will join Joshua Nelson in soulful song to kick off Rodeph Sholom's annual Mitzvah Marathon Weekend.

In the 17 years since Joshua Nelson first sang along with a Mahalia Jackson album he discovered in his grandparents' home when he was eight-years-old, he has spread the sheer joy of spiritual music to audiences from New Jersey to Jerusalem and throughout the world. Joshua, whose voice bears a remarkable resemblance to that of the late Ms. Jackson, has performed in concert halls, synagogues, churches, and at various outdoor venues, both solo and with such musical luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Billy Preston, Aretha Franklin, and Stephanie Mills; Gospel greats Albertina Walker, the Barret Sisters, Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, Dottie Peoples, Dorothy Norwood, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Reverend Timothy Wright, and Bobby Jones & New Life, the greatest Jewish Klezmer band in the world, The Klezmatics, and late jazz greats Cab Calloway and Dizzy Gillespie, among others. In 2004, Mr. Nelson appeared on the "The Oprah Winfrey Show", alongside Jamie Fox. Mr. Nelson was named by Oprah as "The Next Big Thing," performing "How I Got Over" and "Elijah Rock." Oprah remarked, "I have never heard a voice like his, he literally brought the house down."

Cantor Rebecca Garfein is the Senior Cantor of Congregation Rodeph Sholom and is the first female Cantor to hold this position in the history of the congregation.

Cantor Garfein has appeared in numerous recitals throughout the United States, Israel, and Europe and has two solo CD recordings, a live recording from the 1997 Jewish Festival in Berlin entitled, "Sacred Chants of the Contemporary Synagogue" and her first studio recording, "Golden Chants in America...Commemorating 350 years of Jewish Music, 1654-2004," the first U.S. recording to feature Jewish music spanning 350 years of life in America.

Cantor Garfein graduated cum laude from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music with a degree in vocal performance and opera. In 1993, she received her Master's Degree in Sacred Music and Cantorial Investiture from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

Cantor Shayna Peavey is the Assistant Cantor of Congregation Rodeph Sholom since 2007, having been invested by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion that same year. Cantor Peavey grew up in Springfield, MO and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Music Education.

Cantor Peavey wrote her master's thesis about the music of the Ethiopian Jews as a result of her interest in world Jewry and her time spent in Israel during her Cantorial studies. While living in Jerusalem, she spent time researching the Ethiopian community and completed her thesis and subsequent recital, "I am Black and Beautiful, O Daughters of Jerusalem: The Development of the Music of the Ethiopian Jews here in New York."

The entire community is invited to join us. Congregation Rodeph Sholom is located at 7 W. 83rd Street off of Central Park West. For more information, please call 646-454-3030. For more information about our Mitzvah Marathon Weekend, please see our website www.rodephsholom.org.

Posted by jmwc at 10:00 PM

July 20, 2008

YouTube Kol Nidre from Europe

Need an Early prep for HH? David Baltuch has made a demo Kol Nidre and more available on YouTube. Take a listen. http://fr.youtube.com/user/DavidBaltuch
Posted by jmwc at 07:55 PM

Faith Steinsnyder featured in Forward article

An article in the Forward about Faith Steinsnyder and her impact on the American cantorate on the July 9th worth viewing. http://www.forward.com/articles/13728/
Posted by jmwc at 07:43 PM

January 27, 2008

Ocala Cantorial Concert: Israel at 60 Melodies of Milk & Honey

The Fourth Annual Cantorial Concert is being held in Ocala, Florida. This year's exciting theme, "Israel at 60: Melodies of Milk & Honey," is part of a world-wide, year long celebration of Israel's 60th birthday. Presented by Temple Beth Shalom and starring Cantor/Rabbi Samuel Dov Berman, this community wide concert will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 9, 2008, at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 NE Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.
,br /> This unforgettable musical event to benefit the programs and activities of Temple Beth Shalom, will highlight 60 years of Israel's musical gems. Featured performers include guest cantors & cantorial vocalists, Cantor Harold Orbach of Detroit, Cantor Deborah Jacobson and Joy Katzen-Guthrie, both of Palm Harbor, Dale Berman of Ocala and Steve Berman of Los Vegas and more special guests.

Tickets donations are $25 general admission, $22 seniors and may be purchased by calling Gary Green 352.347-2481. Preferred seating options include: "soprano" benefactor $310, 4 tickets; "tenor" patron $160, 2 tickets; "baritone" supporter" $85, 1 ticket. Donor, Greetings & ads opportunites are available by calling Steve Lande at 352.854-2747. http://www.jewishocala.org/
Posted by jmwc at 10:43 AM

December 21, 2007

Hanukkah Happens XVIII

The Brotherhood of Temple Emanuel, Newton, is proud to present
Cantorial and Choral Masterpieces
Cantor Elias Rosemberg
with the Zamir Chorale of Boston and the Zamir Festival Orchestra
Dr. Joshua Jacobson, Conductor
Monday, December 24, 2007, 7:30 PM
Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton, MA.
Concert admission (open seating): Adults $25; Children under 13 $15
Proceeds to benefit American Friends of Magen David Adom.
For information and tickets visit templeemanuel.com
HHConcert2007@aol.com; or call: 617-965-2468

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December 16, 2007

A Cantor's Tale on CD

The CD release of the movie "A Cantor's Tale" that warm and funny documentary starring Cantor Jackie Jacobson of New York is now available. Sal Kluger can get you a copy for $39.00 . Sal Kluger 11 imbrook lane aberdeen, n.j. 07747
cell 908-461-3619
fax 732-566-6997
office 732-566-7538
Posted by jmwc at 04:13 PM

July 15, 2007

Siddur Audio

A new website called "Siddur Audio" comes from Atlanta with the work of Rabbi Mark Zimmerman. http://www.sidduraudio.com
You can use the site to learn the Tefillot, and it is completely free. Most of the Siddur has already been recorded in mp3 format. Rabbi Zimmerman has updated the site and increased the server capacity to accommodate the growing number of downloads that it has been generating lately. He has also recently added audio of the weekday davening and the Passover Seder as well.
Posted by jmwc at 11:05 PM

July 11, 2007

Eastern Tradition CD from The Jewish Music Heritage Project

The Jewish Music Heritage Project is the ambitious undertaking of Cantor Sholom Kalib and The Jewish Music Heritage Project Boys' and Men's Choir. The purpose of the Jewish Music Heritage Project is to "document, catalog, and disseminate one of the great sacred musical traditions of the world, namely that of the Eastern European Synagogue, which is now in real danger of being lost forever." So far, 2 vols of a 5 vol. set consisting of 20 books is being published by Syracuse University Press, and a 75 CD set of the music is envisioned. To find out more and order a CD:
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May 10, 2007

Second European Cantors Convention, London

JMI Choral and Cantorial Section and Central Synagogue present the Second European Cantors Convention, London
Tuesday June 19 -- Thursday June 21, 2007

An unrivalled opportunity for practising and aspiring cantors from the UK, Europe and further afield to share expertise and experience, learn new melodies and be inspired by some of the greatest cantors in the world who will be our honoured guests:

- Asher Hainowitz, Yeshurun Synagogue, Jerusalem
- Arie Subar, Congregation Beth Ora, Montreal
- Moshe Haschel, St John's Wood Synagogue, London
- Stephen Glass, Director of Music, Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Montreal
- Alexander Knapp, former Joe Loss lecturer in Jewish Music, London University

The Cantors Convention will begin with a Concert 'Chazanut ? Back to the Future' on Monday night 18 June and will be officially opened by the Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks The programme, as last year, will provide stimulating lectures, debates, masterclasses and discussion on matters relevant to both practicing chazanim and ba'alei t'fila.

This convention is a "must attend" for anybody leading services. It is also suitable for choirmasters and choristers as well as lay congregants and all who wish to further their understanding and appreciation of the best of synagogue music today. There will be opportunities to hear the faculty and delegates presenting some of their favourite music. .

Come and meet colleagues, compare notes, learn/ brush-up/ refine//develop/ broaden/ increase your skills and learn some new music that is guaranteed to enhance the services in your synagogue.

It takes place at Central Synagogue, 40 Hallam Street, London, W1N 6NN. Following last years programme focused on Shabbat, this year it will be centred on the nusach and melodies of the Shalosh R'galim.

L210 for the three days concessions L120 Included in the price is breakfast and lunch each day and a ticket for the concert on Monday night. Accommodation is extra. A list of hotels in the area will be provided on request

Download the Registration Form at Website www.jmi.org.uk

To enrol for the Convention please complete the Registration From and send with your remittance by email to y.glass@jmi.org.uk or print out and post to 2nd Cantors Convention, Jewish Music Institute,
PO Box 232, Harrow, HA1 2NN
or call +44 (0) 208 909 2445 for more details.

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May 04, 2007

Women Cantor's Network 25th Annual Conference

The Women Cantor's Network will hold its annual conference and 25th year celebration at Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, MA from Sunday, June 10 - Wednesday, June 13, 2007. All women cantors, cantorial soloists, service leaders, cantorial students, educators and women who have a strong interest in synagogue music are welcomed. This year's conference theme is "Even Higher: The Cantor as Spiritual Leader through Life's Rhythms and Rituals" and will include a performance of the acclaimed play, the "The Mikveh Monologues", which is open to the public on Monday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Beth El. Tickets may be purchased at 978-443-9622. The conference will feature many of Boston's most renowned Jewish scholars, rabbis and musicians. Conference registration is $190 before May 7th and $225 by June 3rd. One-day registration, student rates and reduced hotel rates are available. Visit www.womencantors.net for registration materials and information.
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February 26, 2007

Ocala Cantors in Concert

Ocala - The Third Annual Cantorial Concert, "On Wings of Song" presented by Temple Beth Shalom will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 11 at the Appleton Art Museum, 4333 NE Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala, FL

An unforgettable musical event to benefit the future programs and activities of the temple will highlight Jewish cultural songs and contemporary musical gems. Featured performers include Rabbi/Cantor Samuel Berman and his cantorial colleagues Cantor Harold Orbach, Cantor David Sislen, Cantor Riselle Bain, Joy Katzen-Guthrie, Chana Olmstead, Steve Berman and Dale Berman.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling Gary Green 352.347-2481.

Preferred seating options include: "soprano" benefactor $300, 4 tickets; "tenor" patron $150, 2 tickets; "baritone" sponsor" $75, 1 ticket. *30*

Rabbi Samuel Berman
Temple Beth Shalom of Ocala
1109 NE 8th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470
Phone: (352) 624-3499
Email: rabbisam@earthlink.net Website: www.jewishocala.org
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October 29, 2006

Helfgot Sings at the Met

Sunday, December 3, 2006 at 7:30pm. Acclaimed Cantor Yizchak Meir Helfgot will sing cantorial classics at the Metropolitcan Opera House in New York as part of a Cantors World presentation. Cantor Helfgot is cantor at the Park East Synagogue. He will be accompanied by members of the New York Philharmonic with Dr. M. Sobol conducting a choir. General seating is $50, VIP $100, Friend $180, Family $250 and Supporter $500. There are other seatings as well. For more information see www.cantorsworld.com or call 718-851-3226.
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October 16, 2006

Kristallnacht Commemorated with the Glorious Music of Salomon Sulzer and Louis Lewandowski

New York. Congregation Rodeph Sholom's Senior Cantor, Rebecca Garfein, and Cantorial Intern, Jennifer Strauss-Klein will commemorate Kristallnacht-the Night of Broken Glass, with the music of renowned Viennese Cantor, Salomon Sulzer and Berlin composer, Louis Lewandowski at 6p.m., Friday, November 3, 2006 during Shabbat services. Guest Cantor, Dr. Bruce Ruben, newly appointed Director of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Sacred Music will also participate in this special service. Rodeph Sholom's Organist, Dr. John Schuder and augmented professional choir, will accompany the cantors. This event is free of charge and the entire community is invited to attend. Rodeph Sholom is located at 7 West 83rd Street (off Central Park West.) For more information, please call (212) 362-8800, extension 1337.

Born in 1804, Sulzer is credited with being the first to modernize the cantorate and one of the earliest composers to westernize synagogue music. With Sulzer, the title of "Cantor" was born out of a desire to be accepted and understood by 19th century society. In fact, Sulzer was very much a part of modern musical circles. His closest friend and occasional collaborator was composer Franz Schubert. The influence of 19th century music is clearly heard in Sulzer's synagogue compositions. As a Cantor, Sulzer was very successful at creating a musical bridge between the "old world" and the newly enlightened world.

Throughout Europe, Louis Lewandowski assisted numerous Cantors in his day, the most famous being the celebrated Solomon Sulzer, who also composed for the Austrian and German synagogues. Lewandowski was the first composer to write for synagogues using organ and large choirs.

Cantor Rebecca Garfein, mezzo-soprano, is the Senior Cantor of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City and is the first female Cantor to hold this position in the history of the congregation.

Cantor Garfein has appeared in concerts throughout the United States, Israel and Europe and at Carnegie Hall with Mandy Patinkin and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Recently she debuted her new album at Carnegie Hall entitled, "Golden Chants in America...Commemorating 350 years of Jewish Music, 1654-2004." "Golden Chants in America" is the first U.S. recording to feature Jewish music spanning 350 years of life in America. Cantor Garfein's other solo CD is a live recording from the 1997 Jewish Festival in Berlin entitled, "Sacred Chants of the Contemporary Synagogue."

A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Cantor Garfein graduated cum laude from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music with a degree in vocal performance and opera. In 1993, she received her Master's Degree in Sacred Music and Cantorial Investiture from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

Cantor Bruce L. Ruben, Ph.D., baritone, is the Director of the School of Sacred Music (SSM) at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). He has taught Jewish history courses at HUC-JIR and the history of Jewish music at The Julliard School. For the past fifteen years, he has served as an adjunct professor of history at Hunter College, where he has taught courses on World History, Modern Jewish History, and the Holocaust. Since 1982, he has served as the Cantor of Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City, where he has organized special music programs with professional and volunteer choirs, written as well as commissioned and premiered new works by leading composers, taught adult education courses on the history of Jewish music, history, and liturgy, and developed innovative services for increased congregational participation. He has fostered interfaith relations as a leader in the Yorkville Christian-Jewish Council, and has been active for many years in community activities at a neighborhood senior citizen center.

Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, Jennifer Strauss-Klein, soprano, is a third-year cantorial student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, and her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD in 2001. Jennifer continued to study at Peabody in the Graduate Performance Diploma program and also attended Baltimore Hebrew University in the Master of Arts in Jewish Studies program, where she won the Sidney Breitbart Prize in Jewish Philosophy. She currently serves as the Cantorial Intern of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in Manhattan. She and her husband Nick Strauss-Klein welcomed a son, Henry, in March 2006.

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May 18, 2006

First European Cantors Convention, London

First London Cantors Convention
Sunday 25 - Wednesday 28 June 2006
Central Synagogue, 36 Hallam Street, W1W 6NW
An unrivalled opportunity for practising and aspiring cantors from the UK, Europe and further afield to share expertise and experience, learn new melodies and be inspired by some of the greatest cantors in the world who will be our honoured guests. Please read more!

Great Cantors present at the convention will include:
Joseph Malovany, Fifth Avenue Synagogue and Distinguished Professor of Liturgical Music, Yeshiva University New York, as well as Dean of the Academy of Jewish Music, Moscow; Alberto Mizrahi , Chief Cantor, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago and on the faculty of the HL Miller Cantorial School, New York, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago; Arie L Subar, Chief Cantor, Beth Ora Synagogue, Montreal and on the Board of the Cantorial Council of America; Shmuel Barzilai Chief Cantor, Jewish Community, Vienna

With leading British cantors they will present workshops, illustrated talks, round table discussions and masterclasses on selections from the Sabbath liturgy. They will share great congregational melodies and matters of concern to the practicing chazan. There will be informal singing and discussion sessions in the evenings.

The convention is presented by the Jewish Music Institute in collaboration with Central Synagogue, London a under the direction of Stephen Glass, Director of Music at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, Montreal

Attendance at the Cantors Convention includes a free ticket to the opening concert: Cantors in Concert
Sunday 25 June
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Fourteen cantors will exemplify the art of the cantor with the gentlemen of the Choir of London accompanied and introduced by Stephen Glass. (Public booking at www.rfh.org.uk or 08703 400 800)

Convention information and on-line registration www.jmi.org.uk
Or telephone the Jewish Music Institute on +44 (0)20 8909 2445

Sunday 3.00pm rehearsal 8.00pm (concert)
Monday and Tuesday 9.30 am - 10.00pm
Wed 9.30am - 6.00pm
full rate £165, student rate £120
daily rate £45, student daily rate £35
(includes light lunch - suppers will be provided at a small extra cost Accommodation not included - a list of hotels at all prices in the area on request)

"Words are the language of the mind, but song is the language of the soul.. The renewal of Jewish synagogue music in our time is one of the most exciting and moving developments in recent years. I welcome this first London Cantors Convention and the untiring work by Stephen Glass and JMI in collaboration with Central Synagogue. I feel sure it will give all our cantors renewed vigour and increase their ability to inspire. I send my blessing and hope that you will find the experience enriching and exhilarating".
--Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks

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February 22, 2006

International Celebration of Jewish Music at Alice Tully Hall

Chabad's Children of Chernobyl
In association with the American Society for the Advancement of Cantorial Arts. Inc.
Proudly Presents
An International Celebration of Jewish Music

The Celebrated Voices of... A New Cantorial Generation ...

David Weinbach - Tel Aviv, Israel
Yaakov Stark - Cong. Orach Chayim, NY
Netanel Hershtik- The Hampton Synagogue
Tzadok Greenwald - Jerusalem, Israel
Maestro Matthew Lazar
Music Director

The inspirational 70 voices from
The Moscow Male Jewish Hasidic Capella Choir Conducted by: Sasha Tsaliuk
The New York Synagogue Choir Conducted by: Itzchak Haimov
The Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute Conducted by: Naftali Hershtik
Accompanied by: The ASACA Chamber Orchestra
An exclusive concert at the Alice Tully Hall,
Lincoln Center
Thursday Evening, March 30, 2006
7:30 PM
Tickets: $500, $360, $100, $50
Separate Seating available
Tickets may be purchased through CenterCharge: 212-721-6500
For sponsorships and VIP seating call the CCOC Office: 212-681-7800
For tickets go to www.ccoc.net
Venue: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center - NYC
About the work of Chabad's Children of Chernobyl: http://ccoc.net/sub_pages/about.shtml

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February 20, 2006

Cantorial school concert at Jewish Theological Seminary

Date: Sunday night March 12, 2006
Time: 7:00pm
Where: JTS Feinberg Auditorium
Jewish Theological Seminary
Broadway at 122nd Street, NYC
Tickets are $7 for students; and $15 for anyone else.
There will be a wide variety of music performed by over half of the students of the HL Miller Cantorial School.
For ticket info, contact either Sara Horowitz or Rebecca Carl at sahorowitz@jtsa.edu, or recarl@jtsa.edu
This is a tsedakah concert.

Posted by jmwc at 11:00 AM

November 30, 2005

Journal of Synagogue Music Fall 2005 Issue on Congregational Singing

We've just received the library issue of The Journal of Synagogue Music, published by the Cantor's Assembly and it looks like a particularly special issue: Vol. 30, No. 1, for Fall, 2005. There are theoretical articles by Samuel Rosenbaum, Max Wohlberg (excerpt from a talk from 1980), Geoffrey Goldberg, Akiva Zimmermann, Benjie Ellen Schiller and Boaz Tarsi, ... and that's just the first section. Better get your copy.
Posted by jmwc at 02:08 PM

November 18, 2005

Samy Elmaghribi records liturgy of Sepharad

Samy Elmaghribi sings music of Andalus, Egypt, Morocco and Algeria as well as Sephardi liturgy. He has a series of liturgical CDs out includuing Shabbat, Psalms and Yamim Noraim. The website is in French. http://www.samyelmaghribi.com/
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Over 250 adults and children will celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, in concert, 3 P.M., Sunday, December 11, 2005, as Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Manhattan hosts its unique Festival of Choirs. The sixth annual concert will feature Cantors and their choirs from the New York City metropolitan area. This year, the first night of Chanukah is Sunday, December 25, 2005.

A Festival of Choirs is free of charge and open to the entire community.

Congregation Rodeph Sholom is located at 7 West 83rd Street off of Central Park West in Manhattan. For more information about this concert, please call (212) 362-8800, ext. 1337.

"It is truly magical to hear this many adults and children celebrate the Chanukah season through song," according to Congregation Rodeph Sholom's Senior Cantor, Rebecca Garfein. "We all look forward to continuing this tradition for many years to come."

Highlights of the concert will include "Raise up the Menorah" written in 2004 for the Midrash Hour V by Rodeph Sholom congregant, Eliot Bailen and students from the Rodeph Sholom Day School and Religious School. The Midrash Hour is a full length musical written by Mr. Bailen and students from the Rodeph Sholom schools each year. The song, "Raise up the Menorah" will be sung at the Festival of Choirs by the combined children's choirs, 100 voices strong. Another highpoint will be the concert's finale, "Bring on the Light," a piece by composer, singer and actor, Danny Maseng, that was commissioned by Congregation Rodeph Sholom for the Festival of Choirs in 2001.

Also featured at the concert will be area Adult Volunteer and Children's Choirs, along with Cantor Garfein and Cantor Jennifer Frost, Associate Cantor, and Cantorial Intern Jennifer Strauss-Klein of Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Also participating in the concert will be Cantors Bruce Ruben and Daniel Singer, Temple Shaaray Tefila, Manhattan; Cantor Ida-Rae Cahana, Central Synagogue; Cantor Kathy Barr, Village Temple, Manhattan; Cantor Steven Pearlston, Free Synagogue of Flushing, Queens, New York; Cantor Janet Leuchter and Music Director, Rose Moskowitz, Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn, NY; Cantor Claire Franco, Community Synagogue, Port Washington, NY; and Cantor Fredda Mendelson, Larchmont Temple.

Accompanying the choirs will be acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger, Jonathan Faiman. Joining Mr. Faiman will be the "Festival of Choirs" combo: John Hadfield, percussion, Mike Cohen, winds, and Dan Freeman, upright and electric bass.

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October 03, 2005

Cantor Rebecca Garfein at Carnegie Hall Nov. 10

"Golden Chants In America"
Cantor Rebecca Garfein, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Manhattan, will present the concert and historic CD debut of "Golden Chants in America...Commemorating 350 years of Jewish Music, 1654-2004," 7 p.m., Nov. 10, 2005 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York. Accompanying Cantor Garfein, at the concert and on the CD is "Golden Chants" musical director and pianist Jonathan Faiman and the "Golden Chants" combo and choir. Including music from the Spanish-Portuguese Jews, the synagogue and the Yiddish and Broadway theater, the CD is the first U.S. recording to feature Jewish music spanning 350 years of life in America. A portion of the concert proceeds will be donated to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and designated for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Tickets for the "Golden Chants" concert are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, Carnegie Charge 212-247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org; the Cantors new CD will be available at metropolitan area music outlets and www.amazon.com.

Cantor Garfein, a mezzo-soprano who made history in 1997 as the first female cantor to sing in Berlin, Germany, explains, "Golden Chants" represents a compilation of three and a half centuries of significant Jewish music brought to the U.S. by Jewish immigrants or written by Jewish composers on American soil." She adds the concert and CD release are timely since this fall marks the end of a year-long celebration of 350 years of Jewish life in America.

Cantor Garfein says her concert and album will "pay tribute to all immigrants arriving in America looking for that golden chance of opportunity and freedom." She points out the albums cover photo, taken from the southern edge of Ellis Island, represents the "new immigrant" looking south toward the Statue of Liberty "in anticipation of a new life." Symbolically, Cantor Garfein says, the album begins with "The Colossus," by Max Helfman, which sets to music the words of poet Emma Lazarus, a Sephardic Jew: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free." The text of the full poem, written by Lazarus in 1883, is enshrined in bronze at the pedestal of the Statue Liberty.

The concert and album will feature compositions sung in a virtual rainbow of languages, including Spanish, Ladino (Judeo-Spanish), German, Yiddish, Hebrew and Englishmuch of which was brought to America by the Spanish-Portuguese, Russian and German Jews over the last 350 years. Album selections include "Bendigamos," a Spanish-Portuguese Jewish grace after meals sung in 16th century Castilian Spanish; and "Halleluyah," and the "Deutsche Kedusha," the great music of Vienna and Berlin written for the synagogue by Solomon Sulzer and Louis Lewandowski, respectively. To this day, most American Reform and many Conservative and Orthodox congregations continue to utilize Sulzers "Shema" and Lewandowskis "Kiddush" in their services.

Other album and concert highlights feature Yiddish and Broadway music, including "Vos is gevorn fun mayn Shtetele?" (What has become of my Shtetl?), "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," and Jerome Kerns "Cant Help Lovin that Man," from the 1927 musical, "Show Boat."

The concert and CD will also pay tribute to several of the modern Jewish composers, including Cantor Robbie Solomon, who has written extensively for the American synagogue. His gospel-style "Peace by Piece," embodies a universal anthem that expresses commitment to social action and the ultimate goal of peace.

Also, Cantor Garfein will demonstrate how modern interpretations of ancient prayer melodies have been influenced by contemporary American harmonies with selections of "Yihyu Lratson" and "Oseh Shalom" (prayers for meditation and peace), by composer Cantor Marshall Portnoy.

First Female Cantor to Sing in Germany In 1997, Cantor Garfein became the first female cantor to give a solo concert at the Jewish Cultural Festival in Berlin Germany, from where her grandfather fled during the Holocaust. At the 1998 Berlin Jewish Cultural Festival, Cantor Garfein became the first female cantor to preside in a German synagogue and released a CD, "Sacred Chants of the Contemporary Synagogue," a live recording of her historic 1997 Berlin concert.

Cantor Garfein made her Carnegie Hall debut in June, 2005 in a benefit concert for the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater featuring Mandy Patinkin. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Cantor Garfein graduated cum laude from Rice Universitys Shepherd School of Music with a degree in vocal performance and opera. In 1993, she received her Masters Degree in Sacred Music and Cantorial Investiture from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). She has been a featured soloist with the Raanana Orchestra and the Zamir Chorale at the Jerusalem Theater in Israel and in 2001 was a soloist at the 350th anniversary concert of the Curacao Jewish Community.

While completing her studies at HUC-JIR, Cantor Garfein was the Director of Childrens Music at Riverdale Temple, Riverdale, the Bronx, New York. Upon graduation from HUC-JIR, she subsequently became the first Cantor of Riverdale Temple and served in that capacity until 1999, when she was the first woman appointed as Senior Cantor of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City.

Accompanying Cantor Garfein, at the concert and on the CD is "Golden Chants" musical director and pianist Jonathan Faiman and the "Golden Chants" combo and choir. Mr. Faiman, a multiple ASCAP award winner, has received critical acclaim for his solo CD, "Hie Up The Mountain." He is a member of the Locrian Chamber Players and The Actors Company Theatre, with whom Mr. Faiman has composed and performed for numerous concerts and productions. In New York City, Mr. Faiman has performed extensively in most major halls, including Avery Fisher, Merkin, Symphony Space and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He has taught at Concordia College and is on the faculty of Bloomingdale School of Music and the Preparatory Divison of Manhattan School of Music, from where he holds a Doctorate.

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September 18, 2005

Pre- High Holiday Concert: by Cantors World

September 21 at 7:30pm in Merkin Hall at 129 West 67th Street, New York City, a pre-high holiday special concert featuring Cantor Sol Zim, Cantor Jeffrey Nadel and Cantor Ari Klein. Also featuring Cantor Eliyahu Greenblatt, Azi Schwartz and his choir, Cantor Yechezkel Klang, and Cantor Daniel Gildar. The price is $40 general admission. For reservations call: 718-851-3226 or go to www.CantorsWorld.com for more information.
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June 22, 2005

In the Spirit of Yossele: A Cantorial Concert at Riverdale Jewish Center

Cantorial Council of America is having a concert commemorating the 72nd Yahrtzeit of the legendary Chazzan Yossele Rosenblatt, June 22, 2005 at 7:30pm at the Riverdale Jewish Center. 3700 Independence Avenue, Riverdale, NY 10463. Phone 718-548-1850 Tickets are $36. It will feature singing by Cantor Joseph Malovany, Cantor Shimon Craimer, Cantor Netanel Herstik, Cantor Benjamin Muller, Cantor Joseph Muller with Yitzchak Muller. Cantor Daniel Gildar, Accompanist. Call for more information.
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June 09, 2005

JMI presents two Cantorial Summer Schools and a Choral Festival 26 30 June 2005

JMI in LONDON presents two Cantorial Summer Schools and a choral Festival 26 30 June 2005
Director Stephen Glass
International Advisory Board
Cantor Naftali Herstik, Great Synagogue, Jerusalem
Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago
leading Yamim Noraim services in the Orthodox tradition, bringing fresh insights on interpreting the texts and new melodies all designed to help you prepare for the coming High Holy Days led by Stephen Glass (Montreal)
Cantor Arie L Subar (Montreal)
And internationally recognised cantors from the UK
Full rate: 130 students rate 90. Daily rate: 30

10.30am 5.30pm (Except Sunday afternoon) Central Synagogue, 36 Hallam Street W1

The High Holy Days in the Orthodox tradition Sunday 26 Thursday 30 June A five-day intensive programme for professional Cantors and all those 'Stephen Glass's contribution to Jewish liturgical music has been immense. I have no doubt that every individual who will be leading services in our synagogues over the Yamim Nora'im would benefit from this imaginative and stimulating course.'-- Peter Sheldon, President of the United Synagogue GB
Registration and more details Tel: 020 8909 2445
e-mail: jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk Website: www.jmi.org.uk

The High Holy Days in the Progressive Tradition
A four-day intensive for Synagogue Musicians: solo singers, choral directors, choir members and accompanists. With the charismatic cantor Josee Wolf Hebrew Union College, New York, ( the first woman from the European continent to be invested as cantor), teacher of synagogue music and worship throughout the progressive Jewish world, you will explore liturgy and music for the Days of Awe, topics will include: Liturgical texts, congregational melodies and choral repertoire as well as the basic unaccompanied chant (Nusach) for the High Holy Days Texts uses will be from the various progressive machzorim (RSGB, ULPS, Masorti, and others).

Monday 27 Thursday 30 June
10.30am 5.30pm

Leo Baeck College, The Sternberg Centre,
80 East End Road, London, N3

we welcome this initiative of the JMI, which will enrich and enhance the music of our Synagogues.-- Jonathan Magonet, Principal. Leo Baeck College Centre for Jewish Education.
Full rate: 130 students rate 90. Daily rate: 30
Registration and more details Tel: 020 8909 2445
e-mail: jewishmusic@jmi.org.uk Website: www.jmi.org.uk

Monday 27 June Sunday 3 July
JMI Barry Weinberg Jewish Choral Festival
Director, Stephen Glass
Coordinators, Vivienne Bellos, Dan Jacobs
British and International choirs will gather each evening for massed choir rehearsals and masterclasses conducted by Stephen Glass and hosted by Londons leading choirs in venues across London, culminating in Choirs in Concert, two concerts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 3 July 4.00pm and 8.00pm. This course is guaranteed to enrich and inspire participants. It is an excellent opportunity to learn new and interesting repertoire, enhance your vocal and choral technique, build your confidence, make new friends and network with choristers and musical directors The Choral Festival is free for choirs. Advance registration is essential.
To join call Viv Bellos on 07956 912 567 e-mail v.bellos@jmi.org.uk
or register online at the JMI Website www.jmi.org.uk

Sunday 3 July 4.00pm and 8.00pm
Choirs in Concert
Two concerts featuring, the leading Jewish Choirs from the UK and abroad individually and combined, introduced and directed by internationally acclaimed, composer, arranger and choirmaster, Stephen Glass of Montreal

4.00pm Great Choirs of Today. Hear the contrasting styles and repertoire of Londons choirs as well as visitors from Israel, Europe, the USA and South Africa.

8.00pm Voices in Harmony: Special traditional and modern repertoire will bring hundreds of singers together in Massed Male Voices and Massed Mixed Voices. This concert introduces for the first time to the Queen Elizabeth Hall stage, the London Massed Teenage Choir, all conducted by Stephen Glass.
The culmination of the 3rd JMI Barry Weinberg Jewish Choral Festival 2005. (see www.jmi.org.uk)
Royal Festival Hall Box office 08703 800 400 or www.rfh.org.uk
Each concert 19.50, 16.50, 12.50
Special price for both concerts 29,50 26.50, 19.50

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Rozhinke Retreat in upstate

Now in its THIRD year, I'm pleased to announce that the Rozhinke Retreat will be taking place August 21-24 at Kutshers Country Club, New York. Wonderful concerts, insightful discussions, wild late-nights, spiritual t'fillah, and oy, the FOOD! For registration materials and more information, head on over to:
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May 02, 2005

Cantorial World Concert in New York

"Mincha Maariv and Sefira" presented by Cantorial World with Yitchok Helfgott, Moshe Stern, Moshe Haschel and Matthew Lazar & Choir.. $36 general admission. $100 Patron (preferred seating and CD). May 15th 7:30pm, Bialystoker Synagogue, 7-11 Willet Street, New York, NY. *Lower East Side. For more information: http://www.cantorialworld.com
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April 18, 2005

A Cantorial Concert in Ocala, Florida

Temple Beth Shalom of Ocala presents A Cantorial Concert to be held Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 4:00 PM at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 NE Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala. The concert is a unique opportunity to hear wonderful Jewish melodies sung by a diverse and exciting group of Cantors and Soloists.

You will hear an afternoon of Jewish song, featuring Temple Beth Shalom's Rabbi/Cantor Samuel Dov Berman, his brother Steve Berman who sings in the Master Chorale of LA and some of Tampa Bay area's finest voices. You will be delighted to hear some familiar Broadway favorites as well as Jewish cultural and sacred selections.

General admission is $18.00 for adults, $15.00 for seniors and youth. Preferred seating for benefactors who become patrons, sponsors or donors is also available. Tickets may be obtained by calling: Toby: 352.245-3221, Judi 352.237-8277 or Temple Beth Shalom at 352.629-3587. All proceeds from the concert benefit the activities of Temple Beth Shalom.
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November 21, 2004

Cantor Moshe Koussevitzky Tribute

Lincoln Center. Sunday, December 12, 2004. 8:15pm For tickets and more info contact Cantor's World. www.cantorsworld.com
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Chazzones aan het Nederlands Israelitisch Seminarium

Stichting Eliezer Foundation in The Netherlands has just published:
W.G.S. Bornstein, Chazzones aan het Nederlands Israelitisch Seminarium, de historie van de Hollandse Cantoropleiding (Stichting Eliezer: Amsterdam 5765 / 2004), 38 pages.
Available through:
Stichting Eliezer
Loevestein 118
1082 XL Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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November 11, 2004

Hazzan Abraham Lopes Cardozo Celebrated 90th Birthday

(From Joods.nl, by Raya Lishansky, Translated by Irma Lopes Cardozo & Barry Mehler) http://www.joods.nl/archive/cultureel/muziek/JoodsNewsItem.2004-10-26.9494736971

With the Uilenburger Synagogue [in Amsterdam, Netherlands] bursting at the seams, Hazzan Abraham Lopes Cardozo celebrated his 90th Birthday in concert with Santo Servicio, the choir of the Esnoga. The 17 man strong Santo Servicio[1] opened the concert with Baruch Habba, under the driven leadership of their director-singer Barry Mehler resurrecting it like a Phoenix after 63 years of silence. ... Read about it....

Prior to the official opening of the concert, Hazzan Abraham Lopes Cardozo received congratulations and best wishes from many members of the audience. Under the melody of Baruch Habba, Hazzan Cardozo walked from the back of the Shul and joined the choir in full force. This was one of the many impressive moments of the evening. Lopes Cardozo sang in this choir from 1922 until 1939; first as a boy soprano and later on as a young adult until he received an appointment as cantor in Suriname in 1939.

Lopes Cardozo embodies the living memory of the musical culture of the pre-war Portuguese Jewish community. Throughout the evening he drew from his rich memory of fragments of synagogue music sometimes ushered with amusement from the audience, as he would say: I know it by heart! People in the hall softly hummed some of the well-known melodies.

In a conversation with Barry Mehler, Lopes Cardozo tells about Santo Servicio from before the war, a choir of volunteers, consisting of about 25 men and about 20 boys. Even famous singers like tenor Giacomo Aletrino were members of the choir. It was a touching moment when Hazzan Lopes Cardozo produced a small black leather-bound book. In this book you can find the complete Seder Hazzanut of the Esnoga. I copied the 140 pages from the original Seder Hazzanut when I went to the synagogue everyday with my father. This is a guide for the Hazzan for all services during the Jewish year; a kind of users-manual. You can find everything in it and I have added all the melodies of our tradition, so that I would not forget them. I knew that there was only a small chance that I would be able to get a job as Hazzan in Amsterdam. This little book traveled with me over the whole world, and now I am returning it home. Hazzan Lopes Cardozo presented this little book to Bram Palache, Parnas-member of the P.I.G. and one of the singers in the new Santo Servicio.

The evenings program was musically filled with Santo Servicio and a male quartet. The traditional settings of Halll for the 1st and 2nd day Passover were again and again sung with a clear and strong voice by the Hazzan. The vocal highpoint of the evening was when the four soloists sang, "Mizmor l'David" a composition by Victor Schlesinger. This music had not been heard in Amsterdam for more than 60 years and was now made possible thanks to the cooperation of composers granddaughter Anna Schlesinger, who personally attended the concert.

The concert came to a close with a composition of L.A. Benavente, Shir Hamagnalot l'David Samachti. Afterwards there was a reception where the large audience was given the opportunity to raise a (non-alcoholic) glass to the health of Abraham Lopes Cardozo.


[1] It was assumed for a long period of time that the sheet music of the vocal cultural heritage of the Amsterdam Portuguese liturgy as it was sung by Santo Servicio before the war and was lost. A few years ago, boxes with scores from the unique music from the Esnoga were discovered. A part of the scores has been inventoried, catalogued and ready to be (re-) used for services in the Esnoga. Santo Servicio was re-established in 2002 and has already sung multiple times during services in the Esnoga under the direction of Barry J. Mehler. The choir took part in the great "Three Cantors" concert that took place in 2003 in the Esnoga.

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July 25, 2004

Rozhinke Conference in August

Those that love cantorial music, check out the Rozhinke website. Here are a group of people busy preserving cantorial music, not only for today, but for the future when it will become popular again. These dedicated cantors meet, retreat, and sing! There are workshops and singing, and nightly concerts. It's a type of music camp, August 10-13, for cantors and for those that love the music... it very intriguing, exciting and looks like there's lots to do and hear. Anyone can attend.
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May 18, 2004

Vienna: The City of Jews & Music

The Leo Baeck Institute presents: The Cantors Concert
Sunday, June 13, 2004
3:00 PM
Cantor Erik L. F. Contzius (Temple Israel of New Rochelle, NY)
Cantor Rebecca Garfein (Temple Rodeph Sholom, NYC)
Dr. Bruce Ruben (Temple Shaaray Tefila, NYC)
at Leo Back Institute
Auditorium, Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY
A concert of the music of Vienna and Germany: Sulzer, Lewandowski, Kirschner, and Kellerman.
for Tickets: CJH Box Office: 917-606-8200
Admission: $10 LBI Members, $15 Non-Members
Cantor Erik L. F. Contzius
Temple Israel of New Rochelle

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May 01, 2004

Sefirah Concert

Cantor's World is sponsoring the Sefirah Concert, Sunday, May 2, 2004 on Manhattan's Lower East Side, 7:30pm at the Bialystoker Synagogue, 7-11 Willet Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan, NY. $25 general admission. Pinchas Cohen, Yaakov Motzen, Moshe Shulhoff, Moshe Stern, Matthew Lazar and Choir. For more information see http://www.cantorsworld.com

At the Sefirah Concert, it's all coming back together in one night of special performances-- a selection of traditional evening litrugy with an accent on the Sefirah, the 49-day period between Passover and shavuot, sung by today's foremost cantors.

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March 17, 2004

Cantors in Concert with Susan Kander World Premiere

And the Time of Singing has Come...
An Evening of Cantors in Concert
Honoring Cantor Israel Goldstein, Director
School of Sacred Music - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

Thursday April 1 2004 7:30 PM
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd St (off CPW)
New York City

Presenting the world premiere of a vocal work by composer Susan Kander, with Sandra Schipior, violin... more info...

Funds raised support the Student Scholarship Fund of the School of Sacred Music Features 17 Cantors who are alumni of HUC-JIR SSM (including my teacher) General Admission $25, Children and Students $18 Patrons, prefered seating, reception from $100 to $500 Contact Matthew Cosby at Rodeph Shalom for invitations or reservations.

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February 26, 2004


3:00 in the afternoon

Featuring the Milwaukee Jewish Community Chorale; Cantors: Jerr Berkowitz, Davie Barash, Karen Berman, Ruth Berman-Harris, Mitchell Martin, Cantorial Soloists: Arlene Spanier, David Blumberg. Combined Children's Choir of Beth El Ner Tamid Synagogue, Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Emanu-El(Milwaukee), Congregation Sinai, Congregation Shalom, and The Milwaukee Jewish Day School. Director Enid Bootzin. Accompanist Nancy Winston.
CONTACT: DONNA NEUBAUER 414-354-5961 RED1NEUBS@sbcglobal.net
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February 25, 2004

Autry National Center

Scenes of Worship: A Musical Celebration of Passover Sunday, March 21 6:30 p.m. Autry National Center 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Celebrate Passover and Womens History Month through music and song with performances by trained cantors and musicians. Cantors Alison Wissot, Judy Greenfeld, Beth Wasserman Rosenfeld, Mike Stein, and soloist Nancy Linder will present this once-in-a-lifetime event! Ari Perelmuter, a cantor from Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach, is the programs musical director, and David Kamenir will provide the music. General admission is $8 for museum members, $18 for nonmembers. Special VIP tickets are $27 for museum members, $30 for nonmembers. VIP tickets include preferred seating at the show; a post-show wine, cheese, and dessert reception; and a 20% discount on the purchase of a museum membership. Space is limited! Call TicketWeb for reservations at 866.468.3399, or visit www.ticketweb.com. For information visit www.autry-museum.org or call 323.667.2000, ext. 354.

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February 19, 2004

Kol Zimra: Chant Leader's Training

Held at ELAT CHAYYIM in 99 Mill Hook Road, Accord, New York, starting August 2-8, 2004... If you are one of the many people who have been moved and transformed by Rabbi Shefa Gold's chanting practice and if you are a healer, teacher, artist or spiritual leader in your community, here is your chance to cultivate the inner qualities and learn the practical techniques that will enable you to bring that joy and meaning to others...not to mention the abundant blessings it will bring to your own spiritual life. Please feel free to pass this information on to others who might benefit from it.

February 04, 2004

Professor Jehoash Hirshberg at JTS

Professor Jehoash Hirshberg of The Hebrew University presents a lecture: "The Musical Heritage of the Karaite Jews of Egyptian origin in Israel - Liturgical and Paraliturgical Traditions and Performance" Thursday, February 12, 10:30 AM, at Kripke 406 Jewish Theological Seminary 3080 Broadway, New York Free and Open to the Public. All are invited.
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January 05, 2004

A Musical Celebration of Passover

Los Angeles, CA. Autry Museum of Western Heritage. Passover already?, No, but ... Celebrate Womens History Month by featuring a cast of female Cantors. Sunday, March 21...

Cantors Allison Wissot (Temple Judea of Tarzana and West Hills), Judy Greenfeld (Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills), Cantor Beth Wasserman Rosenfeld, soloist Nancy Linder (Temple Beth David of Westminster, Orange County), and Hazzan Mike Stein (Temple Aliyah of Woodland Hills) will present event Cantor Ari Perelmuter (Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach) serves as the programs musical director. This program will take place at 7:30 p.m. outside in the museum Plaza. Special V.I.P tickets are $27.00 for museum member; non-members are $30.00 (These tickets include preferred seating at the show, apost-show wine, cheese and dessert reception, and a 20% discount on the purchase of a museum membership). General admission is $8.00 for museum members; non-members are $18.00. Call Ticket Web for reservations at (866) 468-3399, or visit www.ticketweb.com. For information visit www.autry- museum.org or call (323) 667-2000, extension 354. Autry Museum of Western Heritage 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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