To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the State of Israel, Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will host its gala concert in honor of Israel at 75. It will feature Jewish and Israeli music sung by the New Jersey Cantors Concert Ensemble, as well as the synagogue’s own choir. The free, family-friendly concert is on Sunday, April 30, at 7 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.
The concert will feature a selection of music representing the varied cultures and periods of Israel’s 75-year history, including pieces sung in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English.
The New Jersey Cantors Concert Ensemble is the performing group of the New Jersey region of the Cantors Assembly, the professional organization of cantors in the Conservative Jewish movement. The NJCCE donates all funds that it raises toward scholarships for cantorial students.
The Cantors Ensemble is directed and conducted by Hazzan Sheldon Levin. Cantor Matt Axelrod of CBI will conduct the synagogue’s choir as well as perform in the ensemble. Pianist Dave Schlossberg will be the accompanist.
“I’m looking forward to sharing the collective talent of my New Jersey colleagues with the members of my congregation and the greater community,” Cantor Axelrod said. “Music is often the easiest and most accessible way to bring understanding and connection to the world around us.”
Registration is encouraged at cbinj.org/event/cantorconcert23. For more information email Cantor Axelrod at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 889-1830.