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Concert to celebrate B’nai Israel Centennial

Fleischmanns — A special concert titled “The American Songbook 1918-2018: Featuring Jewish American composers from Irving Berlin to Billy Joel,” will be among the highlights of the 100th anniversary celebration of Congregation Bnai Israel. Andy Cahill and Loren Daniels will take the stage Sunday, July 29 for the program which will include the work of such wellknown songwriters as George & Ira Gershwin, Howard Arlen, Jules Styne, Paul Simon, Rodgers & Hart, Bacharach & Hal David as well as other popular music from that period.

The concert gets underway at 1:15 p.m. at the historic

Catskills synagogue located localat 347 Wagner Ave., in beFleischmanns. The theme is atboth poignant and timely as thisthe Congregation shares its photo.100th anniversary year with the anniversary of God Bless

America, among Irving Berlin’s most famous pieces of music. Berlin’s family fled religious persecution in Russian in 1893 and he wrote the classic song to celebrate the country he had come to love above all others.

According to Sheryl Kaskowitz in The New York Times, (7/2/18) “the song, which rings out with special fervor each Fourth of July as a kind of unofficial national anthem, is turning 100 this year, and at a fraught moment in America’s relaxtions with would-be immigrants, it is worth remembering its origins. Berlin said he first heard the title phrase from his mother, who frequently spoke the words with an emotion he later said “was almost exaltation,” despite their poverty. His daughter Mary Ellin Barrett later wrote that Berlin meant every word: “It was the land he loved. It was his home sweet home. He, the immigrant who had made good, was saying thank you.”

Vocalist Andy Cahill currently hosts a radio show featuring the Great American Songbook on WIOX and began her career performing in the cabarets and clubs of Chicago. When she moved to New York, she attracted a loyal following and sang in many of the top nightspots in Manhattan, including The Duplex, Reno Sweeney, and The Ballroom. Pianist/composer Loren Daniels currently performs with the Reggie Pittman/Loren Daniels Quartet, the Bradford Hayes Quartet, One More Once Big Band, the August Riska Trio and vocalists Macy Chen, Cynthia Soriano and Deborah Thurlow. He has performed with many notable jazz practitioners, including Milt Jackson, Rufus Reid, Makanda (Ken) McIntyre, Warren Smith, Eliot Zigmund, and Jon Faddis.

Founded by Jewish farmers in 1918, Congregation Bnai Israel (http://bnai-israelfleischmanns ny.org/) is today a welcoming and inclusive egalitarian Conservative synagogue. It serves the spiritual needs of the central Catskills region with a full program of worship, learning and celebration in its beautiful and historic synagogue building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, please contact Congregation B’nai Israel at 845.254.9945

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