Tonight marks the beginning of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights! First year lighting the menorah in the Windy City.
What a joy to see “The Sorcerer” with the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor, Michigan! Congrats to the cast and crew, and especially Artistic Director Lori Gould and Music Director Stefano Flavoni!
photos by Marilyn Gouin.
Enjoyed some corned beef and matzoh ball soup with my mom today!
Glad to be a part of High Holidays services this year at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation! I sang baritone in the choir and played piano for the Yom Kippur Memorial Service. A wonderful and memorable experience!
It was a great joy to join my 6th grade Sunday School class from The Birmingham Temple School today on a Detroit Jewish History bus tour. Here are some photos from the historic Temple Beth-El in Detroit (the congregation formerly led by Sherwin Wine, incidentally), now owned by Breakers Covenant Church. Many thanks to the Jewish Historical Society of Michigan for making this possible!
Photos from The Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism‘s Winter Mitzvah Project. Partnering with The NOAH Project Detroit, we made over 650 sandwiches for the homeless.
Very happy to have been asked to read again last week at The Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. Here is the video from the service–my piece begins at 17:27.
The video of last week’s Friday night service at The Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism on the subject of “freedom.” Rabbi Jeffrey L Falick complimented me on my reading. 🙂
Just cashed in two savings bonds to help defray the cost of my beautiful new Essex grand piano. Thank you, Papa (my grandfather, David Donner z”l) and Dr. Hubbard for making this investment in me 29 years ago. I couldn’t be happier with this purchase–here’s to a lifetime of Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Gershwin, and Schubert in my very own space, at last.
In our visit to Jerusalem we explored around in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. The day we were there, there was at least one bar mitzvah ceremony going on:
The trumpet player didn’t seem to appreciate being photographed: after I snapped a picture of him, he came right up to me and blasted loudly in my face.
The iconic Dome of the Rock:
The Kotel, or Western Wall:
From August 8-16, 2011, I attended the Klasik Keyifler Composers’ Cauldron in Kapadkoya, Turkey. Composers Kamran Ince, Marc Mellits, and Michael Ellison, were in residence, along with many fabulous musicians from Turkey, Europe, and the United States. My new string quartet, was workshopped and performed by Orhan Ahıskal and Beril Sun, violins; Meriç Esen, viola; and Heidi Hoffman, cello, for a full house in Şakir Paşa Medrese, an Ottoman School. It was an amazing time and I was so grateful to be a part of it!