Simchat Torah – The Joy of the Torah at Belsize Square Synagogue

Ending the yearly cycle of reading the five books of Moses and starting anew is celebrated the holiday of Shemini Atzeret the Eighth day of Assembly after Sukkot, a biblical festival which in modern days is combined with the Joy of the Torah, Simchat Torah and which certainly has the joy of finishing a month…

Open the Gates

Seu Shearim Our musical tradition at Belsize Square, a unique an independent Synagogue, that combines the best of compositions for organ, choir and Cantor by the famous western European composers, Salomon Sulzer, Louis Lewandowski and Samuel Naumbourg between others. All of them with influences of the romantic period they lived in and willing to enhance…

International Sacred Music Festival – Bogota 2019

The 18th of Sept. At the concert hall of the Tadeo Lozano University. A program accompanied by the excellent Cuban pianist Prof. Edelsa Santana. I sung in the first part works from L. Lewandowski, S. Sulzer, J.Rappaport, M. Janowski, M. Ravel, etc., of the Synagogue liturgy. The second part, I shared with Chief Rabbi Alfredo…

A musical summer

Not only a summer with preparations for recitals and weddings to sing at, also the High Holyday’s coming up the end of Sept. with the always challenging highest musical level Belsize Square Synagogue has, and to be prepared to be accompanied by organ and the Belsize choirs. A month filled with concerts, Edinburgh’s International Festival’s…

Remembering

Just to say, we should link two remembrance dates, today, the second of May, Holocaust Memorial day, Yom Hashoa ve Hagevura and next week the seventh of May, Yom Hazikaron, Day of remembrance for the fallen in Israel. One, that reminds us the importance of the second. Without a State we would only remember how…

Another Anniversary

Another Synagogue celebrating it’s 80 year anniversary, Asociación Israelita Montefiore, the “German shul”, and an ocassion to participate by invitation of Rabbi Yehuda Gitelman. My first Synagogue, where I was bar mitzvah an held my first pulpit for ten years between 1986-1996, until I moved as Spiritual Leader to Ecuador. Also a time to remember,…

Belsize Square Synagogue celebrations of 80 years of Jewish life in England

A month filled with celebrations starting our 80 anniversary coinciding with Shabbat UK, a dinner hosting our sister Synagogue from Berlin, the Pestallozzi strasse its Ministers, Choirmaster and Youth Choir and a waiting list for the dinner, since we cannot sit more than the 200, already booked. An evening with prayer and song shared with…

Maduro, the puppet

As millions protest against the anarchy of Venezuela. Sadly the bigger picture of those who support it, is forgotten. These two Russian war planes with nuclear warheads are a deterrent as to tell the west that Russia, China and Iran won’t have any touch the oil reserves of the rich South American country. And that…