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 is directed by Zalmen Mlotek, the internationally recognized authority on Yiddish folk and theatre music, and Folksbiene’s artistic director since 1998.
Soul to Soul will feature both African-American and Jewish performers, including headliner, 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).