Thursday, March 15, 2012

The music of Carlebach unites us all in song

When I think of two Jewish musicians whose melodies have permeated the synagogue services I've attended, Debbie Friedman and Shlomo Carlebach come to mind.

Lisa Alcalay Klug recently reported in JTA that Carlebach's tunes are being used in ever greater numbers of minyans and celebratory gatherings in shuls around the world. Since his passing in 1994 his eldest daughter, Neshama, has toured extensively spreading her father's unique style and sound, popularizing it for countless other bands, she reported. Bands like Moshav and Soulfarm have infused their lyrics with Carlebach's music for his international fan base.

If you happen to be a fan of Carlebach's have yet to experience a service in Toronto that showcases Carlebach, I urge you to 'come as you are' to The Annex Shul's weekly Shabbat service which begins every Friday at 6:30 p.m. in the spiritual room of the Wolfond Centre at 36 Harbord Street, in midtown just south of Bloor Street.

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