21 2019

Promises, Promises: How Kol Nidrei Got Its Groove

12:45PM - 2:00PM  

BEKI 85 Harrison St
New Haven, CT 06515

Contact Peggy Hackett

“Promises, Promises: How Kol Nidrei Got Its Groove,” at 12:45 pm, following Shabbat services and the weekly kiddush lunch. The opening phrase of “Kol Nidrei” is one of the most famous sounds in the Jewish musical repertoire, performed every year by cantors, choirs, cellists, and many more. How did a relatively dry legal declaration become a source of danger and contention for Jewish communities, a masterpiece of the cantor’s art, and the emotional climax of the first “talkie” film? Join ethnomusicologist Rachel Adelstein for a tour of this beautiful, nostalgic, and often misunderstood part of the High Holy Days liturgy. At Congregation Beth El - Keser Israel, 85 Harrison St., at the corner of Whalley Ave. Sabbath rules will be observed.

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