|This Saturday Night's Program|
After a welcome and an educational message from Rabbi Norbert Weinberg, our Pre-Purim Contest Program is as follows:
If you haven't made your reservation yet,
|Tasty Persian Purim|
Come enjoy a festive meal together on Purim, Sunday March 16th, in the Elmer Lippin Social Hall.
In the interest of historical verisimilitude, it will be a Persian themed meal, provided by Ora Catering (Edna Ben Tsiyon).
The seudah begins at 5:00 PM. Reservations are required in advance. You can make your reservation online now.
The cost for Shul members is $20 per adult, $15 per child (ages 3-12); but with a family maximum of $85. Non-members are welcome too: $24 per adult, $15 per child, no maximum.
To reserve your place, use the reservation form below:
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|Drinking Contest and Melavah Malkah|
How expert are your taste buds? Find out on Saturday night, March 8th --- exactly one week before Purim --- at Greater Boston's First Annual Pre-Purim Drinking Contest! Bring your friends and meet new ones.
Come to the historic Adams Street Shul and sample a diverse array of the finest kosher exotic craft beers. Match the unlabeled samples to the bottles they came from to win bibulous prizes.
Since this event is also a melavah malkah with Rabbi Norbert Weinberg and Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe, there will be munchies and learning to go with the beer. The event begins at 8 PM.
Reservations are required. Click here to make a reservation (or to make a donation to support this event).
Admission is free for those who bring their own Adams Street Shul Centennial commemorative shot glasses! Or you may pay $10.95 to participate in the Drinking Contest & Melavah Malkah using a cheap plastic disposable cup. Poor nebbish.
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|Matanot L'evyonim Program|
Every year at Purim, The Adams Street Shul joins with fifty-five Boston-area congregations, day schools, and college Hillels to aid needy people through Yad Chessed, a unique charity that provides a safety net for individuals and families in severe economic distress.
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|The Father of Modern Israeli Music|
Our benefit concert on March 30th features the works of six different composers of Jewish music for violin and piano, including Paul Ben Chaim, who is represented by his Three Songs Without Words.
Paul Frankenburger in Germany
Paul Ben Haim was born Paul Frankenburger in Munich, Germany in 1897. He first studied violin, but when he was eleven he switched to piano because it could play many notes at once.
His earliest compositions date to around 1910—mostly art songs, very much influenced by the songs of Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Robert Schumann. By 1920, Frankenburger had begun composing larger works, still influenced by late Romantic-era composers.
From 1924 to 1931, as anti-semitism and intolerance of Jews was quickly rising, Paul Frankenburger worked as Choirmaster at the Augsburg Opera House. German-Jewish composers responded to the prejudice in diverse ways. During this period, Frankenburger began to write music that was explicitly Jewish.
When Hitler assumed power, Frankenburger decided to leave Germany. He spent spent six weeks in Palestine on a tourist visa, and then in late 1933 he moved to Tel-Aviv.
One condition for a tourist visa was that he would not seek any employment in Palestine, and would refuse any employment offered. During his initial visit, he changed his last name to Ben-Haim to avoid being discovered as a paid accompanist. This proved to be valuable, for upon his immigration he was immediately able to find work as a private piano teacher, a music theory instructor at the Shulamit Conservatory, and a performing pianist.
Paul Ben Haim in Palestine
The Palestine Broadcasting Service wanted to cultivate a national music style. It wanted all composers who settled in Palestine in the 1930s to create a specifically Jewish-Palestinian musical repertoire.
The Broadcasting Service promised a way for composers to present their works before an audience, but it was not satisfied with the first results. It was disappointed by what it said were foreign influences that stood in the way of pure Jewish flavor, especially German influences, which connoted the oppression that so many Central European Jews had faced prior to their immigration.
Besides coping with the expectations of the Palestine Broadcasting Service, the would-be national Jewish composer also had to cope with audience lack of enthusiasm for Hebrew music.
Paul Ben-Haim labored tirelessly to capture the essence of Jewish melody. He avoided melodies with any hint of German stylistic influences, and began writing modal melodies like those of Debussy and Ravel. Before long, his melodies turned even further from his German roots, as he began using folk tunes from Oriental Jewish communities.
For Ben-Haim, Sephardic and Yemenite melodies epitomized the essence of Jewish music --- especially the Yemenite tunes, which symbolized for Ben-Haim the most ancient Jewish traditions.
In addition to creating a more ethnic flavor via his melodic construction, he also simulated timbres on Western instruments to reflect local sounds. Although the melodies and the aural effects may be evocative of the Middle East, his expertise as a classically-trained European composer controlled the result.
Paul Ben-Haim succeeded in creating a new, hybrid musical style: Eastern melodies, which were altered slightly to sound more Western, were combined with Western harmonies, which were altered to sound more Eastern. He became the recognized leader of the Eastern Mediterranean school of composition.
Three Songs Without Words
Three Songs Without Words illustrates Ben-Haim's success in creating a repertoire of nationally recognized Jewish music. It comprises three movements: "Arioso," "Ballad" and "Sephardic Melody." In Three Songs Without Words, Ben-Haim is able to both create his own melodies in an oriental style (as with the "Arioso" and "Ballad") and to set a pre-existing Sephardic folk tune. Each movement evokes a different mood; and the melodies are the driving force of the composition.
Plan to be with us on Sunday evening, March 30th, at 4:00 PM. The concert will include Three Songs Without Words as well as showcasing other classical works with Jewish themes, written by six composers, including composers in Europe, Israel, and America. Admission at the door is $25. Pre-paid reservations are $20; and only $18 for members.
Make your reservations now for a delightful evening of Jewish classical music for violin and piano.
Be here in costume for the megillah-reading at 8:15 PM (Saturday night, March 15th) and then stay for a festive gathering to judge costumes, eat treats, enjoy music, and more.
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|Jewish Music From Three Continents|
The Adams Street Shul will present Daniel Broniatowski and Sergey Khanukaev in a special concert of chamber music for violin and piano, on Sunday March 30th to benefit the Adams Street Shul.
The concert will showcase classical works with Jewish themes, written by six composers, including composers in Europe, Israel, and America.
Use the online form below to make your reservations now for a delightful evening of Jewish classical music for violin and piano.
The program includes Swiss-born American Jewish composer Ernest Bloch's Baal Shem: Three Pictures of Hassidic Life; German composer Max Bruch's Kol Nidre, Israeli composer Paul Ben-Haim's Three Songs Without Words; Russian Jewish composer Leo Zeitlin's Eli Zion; English Jewish composer Joseph Horovitz's Dybbuk Melody; Russian Jewish composer Joseph Achron's Hebrew Melody; and more.
Tickets are $25 at the door; but may be purchased in advance for $20; or $18 for members of the Adams Street Shul if purchased in advance. Use the online order form to purchase your tickets now.
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