SPRINGFIELD – Temple Beth El, Western Massachusetts’ largest Conservative Jewish congregation is celebrating its 100th year with a gala concert, “Soul to Soul: Yiddish and African-American Music Meet in a Celebration of Two Cultures,” on Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at Temple Beth El, 979 Dickinson St., The performance is open to the public.
“Soul to Soul” is a production of Folksbiene, the National Yiddish Theatre based in New York City. The concert, directed by Zalmen Mlotek, and featuring both African-American and Jewish performers, is headlined by Elmore James, a veteran of five Broadway productions, Tony Perry, a commanding young singer-actor, and celebrated singer, actress, and Jewish songwriter Lisa Fishman. The performance features American standards, spirituals, Hebrew, and Yiddish songs, and will offer subtitles for Yiddish pieces. Tickets are available for purchase on the synagogue website at www.tbespringfield.org. Admission is $12 for students and senior citizens, $18 for general admission, and $54 for “Producer’s Circle” (preferred seating and reception).
Also in celebration of its centennial, Temple Beth El is hosting a Past Presidents Dinner on Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m.
A special musical Kabbalat service featuring guitarist Sue Burkhart will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a special Shabbat dinner honoring the past presidents of Temple Beth El and Congregation B’nai Jacob at a special Shabbat dinner at 7 p.m For more information or to RSVP, call (413) 733-4149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Feb. 22.
The sponsors of this event are Stuart and Michelle Anfang, Jack (of blessed memory) and Edith Anfang and Harold Anfang.