We are writing to give you an update on one of Holy Blossom’s weekly Zoom groups. Since the onset of the Covid Pandemic, Cantor Marty Steinhouse has been creating unique, enriching, and varied musical programs across a broad spectrum of Jewish Music, as well as honouring requests for special programs. As welcoming as the music itself is the camaraderie between participants, and the warm, sometimes humorous, and touching personal reflections shared throughout the hour.
A few of the many programs that Marty has presented include a look-and-listen to Al Jolson, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and newcomer Cantor Magda Fishman. Cantor Steinhouse has brought us the “great” cantors of the past, Yiddish theatre, musical comedians like Victor Borge and Myron Cohen, as well as musicals like Cabaret and Fiddler on the Roof. Topics include both Ashkenazi and Sephardic nusach, current Israeli music, as well as Israel’s participation in Eurovision, especially since Israel’s Noa Kirel just advanced to the Grand Final of 2023.
It is a beautiful and inspiring way to begin the week. We have enjoyed our weekly visit with Marty so much that we wanted to share the experience with you. We hope you will join in soon.
Harriet Wolman, Freda Ariella Muscovitch, Jennifer Malvin