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…

L’Dor vaDor

Last weekend two Synagogues that are the guardians of their unique musical legacy, the Pestallotzistrasse from Berlin and Belsize Square from London, showed their very best. These synagogues are the embodiment of the great tradition of the Liberale German Jewry and its renowned liturgy, together with to my knowledge, two others, one in NY and…

Cantor’s meet in Prague

Jewish Prague, once the centre and light for all Europe with famous ruling chief rabbi’s as the Maharal an Tosfot Yom Tov Heller. Now lives from showing its Synagogues as museums. We gathered four days with the European Cantors Association and had master classes with Cantor Naftali Herstik with my son Yohel, lectures  with Cantor…

Selichot Choral service

Tonight in almost all Synagogues over the world we prepare for the coming days of awe. A service which reminds principally of the services of the High Holydays. In Belsize a very musical one. Rehearsing already with my Choirmaster and the Synagogue’s Musical Director Dr. Benjamin Wolf and organist Maestro Mike Cayton, both very instrumental…

Louis Lewandowski Part I.

Louis Lewandowski (1821 – 1894) transformed Jewish worship into a musical experience. That is what we experienced today Sunday 11th of  September, in the actual place the sanctuary stood, other big edifices have been destroyed this day, but nobody mentioned it on our commemoration, I later was reminded on a special report on One World…

Liverpool a city that shines

We were invited to perform at a wedding in Liverpool, doing the singing at the marvelous Synagogue in Princess Road, there I was chanting a duo with my son Yohel, standing next to Rabbi Emeritus Rodney Mariner and participating together with two orthodox Rabbis one from Manchester and one from Liverpool. The couple, from both…

From Vienna to Straßburg

Two wonderful musical offerings this week, beginning with  Matthias Bartolomey and Klemens Bitmann  on Monday at the Austrian Embassy in London, celebrating 150 years Austrian Embassy at Belgrave Square a concert with a personal invitation from the Ambassador together with many personalities from all the spectrum of  diplomacy in the UK and focused on their new…

A wedding in Alicante

A weekend in Spain. The daughter and son of very active members of our shul, getting married and Rabbi Altshuler and myself officiating between so many known faces of our extended family of Belsize Square Synagogue. The Hotel could not have been a better choice. The wonderful setting of the chupa and party, the hospitality…

Westminster Abbey Marks Auschwitz 70th Anniversary

A Service of Solemn Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz was held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 1st February 2015. The Service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who said in his Bidding: ‘We gather in this holy place of faith at the heart…