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350 Years of Jews in America, Dobbs Ferry, NY, Dec 19


As part of the 350 year celebration of Jews in America, Greenburgh Hebrew Center in Dobbs Ferry, New York is presenting "GHC 350," a one day "Interactive Museum" exploring the roots of Jewish Life in the United States and Westchester County. The event will be held on December 19, 2004 from 12 noon to 4:00pm.

The event is open to the public. Admission is $5.00 per family. GHC is located at 515 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry. For more information or travel directions call (914) 693-4260 or visit their web site at www.g-h-c.org

GHC350 will show the diversity of Jewish American heritage in arts, culture, sciences and business while telling the story of how Jewish families made their way to the United States. "GHC 350" being organized by GHC members led by event coordinator, Betty Alvarez, who brings to the project her 30 years experience in the fine arts market.

The Greenburgh Hebrew Center is a traditional, Conservative egalitarian congregation with over 300 member families, serving the Rivertowns, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, White Plains, New Rochelle and Yonkers.

Friends - all are invited to a program at my shul this coming Sunday, December 19, from noon till 4. The whole thing is fascinating - as people were bringing in their artifacts for exhibit it was amazing to find out the old dude in the back row of morning minyan was a WWII fighter pilot, or the two women who discovered they had gone to camp together forty years ago when they showed up with the same yearbook.

But what's on-list about it is that we are presenting 3 musical acts from the Rivertown, reflecting a diversity of Jewish music by Jews, American music by Jews, Jewish-American music by Jewish-Americans etc.. The musical details are at the end of the press release, including the pieces to be performed, but here's the who's who:

Irene Steiner, soprano, with Linda Moot, piano. Irene sings concerts of Yiddish music in the metropolitan area, especially her own arrangements and compositions of the songs and poems of Mordechai Gebirtig. She was a member of the trio The Katsenshprung Singers, which performed an all Gebirtig concert at the Center for Jewish Culture in Krakow. Last month she performed Yiddish songs from the Lodz ghetto in a concert at St. John the Divine produced by the Interfaith Committee for Remembrance. Her most recent passion is for composing original Yiddish vocal music in classical art-song style, setting the poetry of Mordechai Gebirtig, Simcha Simchovitch, and Itsik Manger. Her musical settings of 12 Holocaust-era poems by Gebirtig recently won first prize in the Competition for Original Jewish Music.

Glatt Azoy is jewish-music-list lurker Alan Fendler, and jewish-music-list motormouth Roger Reid. With Alan on simple system flute and hurdy gurdy, and Roger on tsimbl, they will present a program of old time European tunes.

And the Gabelman, Lazar, Suchow, Neiditch Acappella Quartet are a talented set of high school and college age folks who have put together a broad program covering Israeli pop, American rock, and American swing.

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