Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
"What is the blessing for taking our lives," pianist Rachael Sage sings, "so that we won't become our enemies' wives?" Martyrdom isn't a novel topic for a pop song. Tori Amos, to whom Sage is often compared, broached the issue on her 1992 single "Crucify." Amos bravely expresses her guilt and repression in the language of her father, a Methodist...
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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
When done right, instrumental rock can be as majestic as any human-made sound. The right electric guitar can say things that a confessional singer-songwriter can''t. The right combination of sonic explorers will go places that a team of tunesmiths won''t. Tanakh''s not an instrumental band, per se. Jesse Poe''s voice is steady and tender, but what elevates him from decent...
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Sally Friedman, JE Feature
The idea was born, appropriately, in a sukkah. Dr. Cynthia Silber, a busy physician who currently serves as associate dean for Graduate Medical Education at Jefferson, was reflecting with a few like-minded friends back in 2002 on the fact that Philadelphia had no official Jewish chorale. "By that time, I was singing with the Adath Jeshurun choir, but participating with...
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Cantor David Tilman, JE Feature
In December 2005, more than 130 Philadelphians journeyed to Israel on a pilgrimage sponsored by the Bux-Mont Federation. During that time, after the conclusion of Shabbat, the participants, their rabbis and Roberta Matz, director of the Bux-Mont Region of Greater Philadelphia, attended a performance by Robbie Gringras, a 40-year-old native of Manchester, England, who made aliyah in 1996. Drawing on...
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In Record Time
By:
Cantor David F. Tilman, JE Feature
One of the most important concerts of this season featuring music of Jewish content will be presented by the 130-voice Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia at its annual spring concert on Sunday evening, May 7, at Irvine Auditorium of the University of Pennsylvania. The Mendelssohn Club and its superb music director, Alan Harler, have brought together internationally known bass-baritone Sanford Sylvan,...
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