Top Israeli synagogue choir to sing at Towson University

June 12, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Great Synagogue Choir of Jerusalem, the premier synagogue choir in Israel, will present a concert of Jewish liturgical music Sunday at Towson University to commemorate Israel's 50th anniversary and the 125th anniversary of East Baltimore's B'nai Israel Congregation.

The concert also will feature Cantor Moshe Haschel of the St. John's Woods Synagogue in London, who is one of Europe's most celebrated cantors, said Elli Jaffe, music director of the Great Synagogue Choir.

The choir is traveling with 12 voices, but normally would perform with about 20, said Jaffe.

"Some of them are lawyers, some are computer engineers, high-tech engineers, doctors, professors in university," he said. "The choir consists of people from many professions with a great love of and ability in liturgical singing. Their aim is to bring the liturgical singing to the highest possible standard which would be appreciated even by non-Jewish audiences."

Proceeds from the concert will support activities at B'nai Israel Congregation in the first block of Lloyd St., near Lombard Street, and for Jewish student centers at Towson University, Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The concert will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in Stephens Hall.

Tickets range from $12 to $100 and can be purchased through the Towson University ticket office.

Information: 410-830-2244.

Pub Date: 6/12/98

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