Jewish music and more: Shabbat Shira at Holy Blossom
Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 6:00 PM
Saturday, January 19, 2019 @ 10:30 AM
Friday Night Dinner reservation required.
Dinner @ $35 each
Hazzanim Jack and Fredda Mendelson sing your favourite hits this Shabbat Shira!
Shabbat Morning: Sermon in Song
“The sun was setting on something glorious.”
RSVP by Wednesday, January 16, 2019 to Mari Lynn Rusak: [email protected] or 416.789.3291x 224
Cantor Fredda Mendelson has served Larchmont Temple, Larchmont New York, for the past seventeen years full time and continues part time as Emerita. She was ordained from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1996 and served Temple Beth El of Spring Valley for three years. She has performed at venues such as American Conference of Cantors and Cantors Assembly Conventions, Zamir Choral Festivals, and Union of Reform Judaism Biennials. She made her Carnegie Hall debut at the 50th Anniversary Concert for the Cantors Assembly. Before entering the cantorate she was an internationally acclaimed opera and concert singer, singing leading roles in most of America’s important opera houses and bringing the Verdi repertoire to cities like Barcelona, Frankfurt, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo and Las Palmas, Canary Islands. She can be heard on “Jewish Music and More”, recorded live from Chicago with her husband Cantor Jack Mendelson, Charles Osborne’s “Souls on Fire”, based on the book by Elie Wiesel, and the recent “Yontef”, a compilation of Cantor Jack Mendelson’s 28 years at Temple Israel Center, White Plains, NY. Cantor Mendelson serves on the Exec board of Kol Hazzanim, the cantors of Westchester, and is co-chair of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Alumni Association.
Cantor Jacob Ben -Zion (Jack) Mendelson is the subject of the documentary film A Cantor’s Tale, directed by Erik Greenberg Anjou, currently playing in film festivals throughout the world. In reviewing the film, The New York Times called him, “a voice that heralds a culture…a documentary filmmaker’s dream.” Cantor Mendelson is also featured in the films: 100 Voices, Journey of Spirit, on the life of Debbie Friedman, Deli Man, directed by Erik Anjou, and Theodore Bikel in the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem.
Growing up in Brooklyn, he witnessed the dwindling days of the Golden Age of Hazzanut. Now, as both an international performer and one of the leading Cantorial masters of today, he is passing on his art to a new generation. For over 30 years he has taught at the Debby Friedman School of Sacred Music of Hebrew Union College, and the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary; both schools have awarded him honorary doctorates. Having retired from the full-time pulpit at Temple Israel Center of White Plains, NY in 2014, Jack teaches at both cantorial schools, concertizes, and often appears as scholar in residence. He is performing The Cantor’s Couch – a one-man show written by Mark Bieler, with original music by Jonathan Comisar, and directed by Tony award nominee Eleanor Reissa. The show has played successfully in cities across the USA, including Palo Alto, Los Angeles,Houston, Minneapolis, Louisville, Westport and Detroit. He returns with the show to Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon in early 2019. Also in the works is a sequel to the film A Cantor’s Tale, currently in pre-production, directed by Erik Anjou.