The 2011-2012 Concert Series was a great success. Special thanks go to Cantor Gaston and the co-chairs of the Temple Aliyah Concert Committee - Karen Farbman and Joey Baron.
Read below to see the exciting performances that were a part of the Concert Series and click on the YouTube links to see why these concerts were such a great success.
Click here to read the words of Temple member Ronen Marcus on how the Temple Aliyah Concert Series lifted his spirits!
GUY MENDILOW BAND (Watch on Youtube)
Sephardi Songs of Imagined Migrations: The Ladino Project - Sunday, November 13
Get ready for a musical voyage starting in ancient Spain and winding through Sarajevo, Smyrna, Salonica and Jerusalem. This award-winning quintet breathes new life into centuries-old Sephardi romanzas and canticas and imagines what it would be like if our travels took us to such unlikely places as Appalachia or Brazil. Led by Israeli performer Guy Mendilow, and drawing on the dynamic world music expertise of each of its players, the charismatic quintet creates an exciting interpretation of Ladino music. It’s a thrilling blend of Sephardi tempered with Brazilian street beats and blues in vibrant musical storytelling, awash with warm vocal harmonies, intricate textures and spellbinding rhythms.
KUM ZING - Saturday, December 3
Kum Zing, a singing party for everyone, sponsored by Temple Aliyah. Mostly Jewish/Israeli content, but we'll sing everything---bring your requests, VOICES and acoustic instruments! Singing begins at 6:45 PM, and continuing into the late hours. Drop in whenever you like! Children welcome! (Flyer)
KLEZMER CONQUEST: A Battle of The Bands -
Sunday, December 11 (Watch on YouTube)
Join special guest MCs, our Natick neighbors, Cantor Ken Richmond and Rabbi Shira Shazeer, for an entertaining evening of Klezmer as we celebrate four local bands hitting the Aliyah bandstand. Having performed klezmer and Yiddish songs up and down the East Coast, in Israel, and in Eastern Europe, Ken and Shira will keep the program moving with their musical talents, Yiddishkeit, and humor. Our four Klezmer Kontenders were:
Klezjam, who have been playing together for nearly 3 years, bring their unique musical stylings to nursing homes, assisted living centers, and an occasional bar mitzvah and wedding. The band got its name from the fact that the players met at two regular musical jams -- the Workmen's Circle jam and the Watertown jam.
JCC Klezmer ensemble, led by Barry Shapiro, is a class that meets at the JCC in Newton. Barry has been a long-time member of the Boston music scene, and was a founding member of The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Shirim, and the B.S.O. (Barry Shapiro Orchestra).
Shir Madness plays a mix of Yiddish show tunes, folk tunes and hits from the Borscht Belt. The band features distinctive dances and styles -- from bulgars to Terkishes, freylakhs to horas -- all of them popular in Eastern Europe and U.S. in the early part of the twentieth century and original pieces written by their own clarinet player, Richard Yospin.
The Shpilkes Klezmer Band has become a mainstay of the Purim celebrations and congregational events at various synagogues in MetroWest. The name "Shpilkes" (שפּילקעס) is a Yiddish word for "nervous energy" and also relates to the Yiddish term "shpil", meaning “play”, or, more precisely, "playing instead of sitting still". No one can listen to Shpilkes without wanting to dance to its lively, living melodies!
FUN CONCERT & PAJAMA HAVDALAH With Felicia Sloin
Saturday, January 21 (in collaboration with Temple Tots)
Felicia Sloin is a Jewish “Entertain-ucator” who uses music, percussion, dance, puppets, sign language, shtick (and anything else she can think of) to entertain and inspire people of all ages to celebrate Jewish holidays, culture and values.
THE THREE JEWISH ARGEN-TENORS - Saturday, February 11 (Watch on YouTube)
Three of the best Argentinean Cantors in concert for the first time. Cantor Elías Rosemberg, Cantor César Beleniski and Cantor Gastón Bogomolni. A cocktail of Jewish world music mixed with Opera, Cantorial, Yiddish, Broadway, Tango and good humor. Not to be missed!
Sunday, March 18 - Educator In Residence (Religious School) - Family Concert &
Monday, March 19 - Educators’ Workshop In Service
Rabbi Noam Katz is one of the most exciting voices in Jewish music today. A longtime songleader at the URJ Eisner and Kutz Camps, Noam has brought his uplifting melodies, humor and high-flying spirit to audiences throughout North America, Africa and Israel. Noam has released three critically acclaimed albums of original Jewish music.
Noam currently serves as the Rabbi/Dean of Jewish Living for URJ Camp George and The Leo Baeck Day School in Toronto. In any setting, Noam is dedicated to creating strong Jewish and interfaith communities through the unifying power of music, education and activism.
An Evening of Jewish Art Songs - Sunday, April 15