Celebrating Women’s Voices

An amazing event will transpire on
Wed, March 10, 2010
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Central Synagogue
123 East 55th Street
New York, NY

In the Jewish legal tradition there are rules restricting the female voice (kol isha) in public religious rituals. In a unique pre-Pesach program we celebrate these voices. Inspired by artist Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party, an installation on permanent exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum celebrating famous women, we present a new take on a uniquely Jewish ‘dinner party’—the Passover seder. Join us to hear the glorious voices of Jewish women who will present familiar and not so familiar seder melodies reflecting the richness of Jewish music and the spiritual and aesthetic power of women’s voices. The evening will begin with a light supper and study of rabbinic texts taught by Rabbi Judith Hauptman, Talmud professor at Jewish Theological Seminary. The musical program will feature the voices of Sarah Aroeste, Ladino-rock musician; Melissa Berman, senior cantorial student at Jewish Theological Seminary; Cantor Angela Buchdahl of Central Synagogue; Adrienne Cooper, renowned interpreter of Yiddish song; Galeet Dardashti, Middle Eastern vocalist and composer; Sarah Mina Gordon, singer/lyricist of the band Yiddish Princess; Elizabeth Sacks, Associate Cantor at Central Synagogue and Basya Schechter, leader of the band Pharaoh’s Daughter. Joyce Rosenzweig, music director at Congregation Beth Simchat Torah and faculty member at Hebrew Union College will provide piano accompaniment and master teacher Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses will weave the seder selections together with a narrative thread. Co-sponsored with and held at Central Synagogue, Lexington Avenue and East 55th Street.

Co-sponsored with and held at Central Synagogue, Lexington Avenue and East 55th Street.

Wed, Mar 10, 5:30–8:30 pm, $18 JCC & Central Synagogue members/$25