[by Shiela Steinman Wallace]
On Sunday, November 7, Keneseth Israel presented its annual concert.
The Lost Tribe, a local Klezmer group opened the evening with many Yiddish favorites that often had the audience singing along. JCC orchestra conductor and master violinist Aaron Boaz has joined the ensemble, adding incredible energy as well as his top-flight skills. The rest of the group, Aviv Naamani on guitar and bouzouki, Carol Savkovich , vocalist Fran Weinstock and clarinetist Mark Perelmuter have been honing their skills as well making their portion of the concert a real treat.
Perelmuter seemed to be feeding off Boaz’s, matching his energy level and delivering a particularly memorable performance.
Adath Jeshurun Cantor David Lipp, and KI’s cantor and host Sharon Hordes also performed several pieces to the delight of the audience.
The featured performer of the evening, Scott Gerber, moved at a much slower pace. He mixed stories about his family – a group of secular, Jewish, far left wing chicken farmers who settled in Petaluma, CA, – with songs that reflected their lifestyle. He also brought a message of social responsibility connected with food.
All of the performers took the stage for the finale, “Tum Balalayka,” and invited the audience to join in.
Karen Moskowitz chaired the Concert Committee.