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…

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,…

Cantors Convention between Palms with Psalms

This 71st Convention of the Cantors Assembly where I am sharing with more than 190 of my American colleagues of the organisation that groups the Conservative/ Masorti Cantors which between others is here to support all our efforts in the benefit of our profession. A strong and respected organisation that shows what we can and…

The Art of being Jewish

A very energetic member of Belsize Square Synagogue whom I sat with last Sunday during the shul’s annual Channukah Market, told me he came up with the trademark Belsize Square should promote itself and stands for “The Art of being Jewish”. A market with members making coffee, while not in court as Queen Counsellors, or…

Remembrance weekend

  While in the UK the fallen in the wars are remembered, we had a remembrance weekend starting with our usual Friday Kristallnacht service and on Sunday a Music at Belsize concert “Romantic Vienna and the Jews” featuring the Wallace ensemble under Ben Wolf and the Chair of the committee Phil Keller conducting Mahler and…