February with TvS

Torah Study
Led by Victor Chong
Saturday, February 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
at the home of Debbie and Victor Chong

Please join us for songs of praise and a Torah study of parshat mishpatim followed by a light lunch. Please let Debbie and Victor know if you plan to come.
215-504-9268 or weederwiz@aol.com

TvS Field Trip
By Dawn’s Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War
Exhibit Opening and Panel Discussion

Sunday, February 14
at Princeton University Art Museum and McCosh Hall (PU)

Panel Discussion: 1:30–2:45 p.m., 10 McCosh Hall
Lecture: 4–5 p.m., 10 McCosh Hall
Reception to follow at the Art Museum

Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is requested to 609.258.9508 or dawn2016@princeton.edu. Please RSVP directly to Princeton with the info directly above, and let Naomi know if you want to carpool.

The panel discussion features:

  1. Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History and Chair of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Brandeis University;
  2. Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Congregation Shearith Israel, New York; and Esther Schor, professor of English, Princeton University, and
  3. Moderator Adam Mendelsohn, director of the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

A lecture by Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University, and a reception in the Art Museum will follow.

Singing Shabbat with Cantor Jack Kessler
Friday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m.
at the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library at George School
(Map of George School: http://www.georgeschool.org/campusmap/index.html
The Anderson Library is building #61.)

The service starts at 6:30 and will take about an hour. Except for a short d’var Torah, a few page numbers, and the appropriate silent prayers, it will be totally sung! Afterwards we will keep our Shabbat tradition and have a Potluck Dinner. Please bring a generously sized vegetarian/dairy dish and drink to share. Also, please bring serving utensils. We will provide the rest.

Jack Kessler has been called a one-man force of nature in Jewish music. (He has also been called the Jewish Sun Ra; and he claims to have been called late for dinner). He sang Jewish liturgical music as a Hazzan (Cantor) for twenty years before he decided that he prefers singing with a band. Jack is musical director, vocalist, and composer-arranger for Klingon Klez, which describes itself as “good old-fashioned, heartwarming, foot-stompin’ fun-for-the-whole family klez/funk fusion from another planet.” He also directs Atzilut, a ten-member ensemble that performs Concerts for Peace, featuring Arab and Jewish musicians in concert together. An excerpt from one review of Atzilut proclaims, “Cantor Jack Kessler’s deep, resonant voice, playing against Shaheen’s violin, and the entire ensemble, is amazing! The result is music that gets deeper the longer that you listen, but that is also a relaxing pleasure the first time through.”

To hear a range of Jack Kessler’s talents, listen to excerpts at http://atzilutmusic.com/ourmusic.htm.

Psalms and Kituvim Study
Led by Debbie Chong
at the home of Debbie and Victor Chong

Please join us as we read and discuss either psalms of a chapter of Ecclesiastes in translation and in Hebrew. Chocolate munching and tea optional (but encouraged).

For more information, contact Debbie at 215-504-9268 or weederwiz@aol.com.

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