Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Freylekhe Simchas Toyreh!

Lomir Alle Tantzen!  Happy is the only way to describe Simchas Torah at Nahalat Shalom.  The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band played, members and not-yet members of the congregation danced . . . what a marvelous evening!

The Band first began in 1995 as accompaniment to a Hanukkah service. Some musicians are members of Nahalat Shalom and some are not, some are Jewish and some are not: there are no special requirements to play in the Band, but the love that its members have for klezmer music reverberates throughout every performance.
Band members are drawn to klezmer music for a variety of reasons: its beauty, its exotic sounding scales and modes, its technical challenges, its emotional and joyous nature, the connection it makes to Jewish roots and ancient traditions, and the opportunities it gives them to play for dancers, concerts and simchas.

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