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Shabbat Service with Hankus Netsky and an Ensemble of Musicians
Followed by Shabbat Dinner Hosted by Jerry and Susan Slavet in Honor of their 50th Anniversary
November 11, 6:00 pm

In honor of their 50th wedding anniversary, Susan and Jerry Slavet have given a marvelous gift to our community. We will spice up our Shabbat service with the brilliant Hankus Netsky and an ensemble of musicians.  

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Hankus Netsky is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and ethnomusicologist. He chairs the Contemporary Improvisation Departments at the New England Conservatory. Netsky is founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, an internationally renowned Yiddish music ensemble, and serves as research director of the Klezmer Conservatory Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of traditional Eastern European Jewish music.

Netsky holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and bachelor's and master's degrees in composition from New England Conservatory. He has taught Yiddish Music at Hebrew College, the New England Conservatory, and Wesleyan University, and has lectured extensively on the subject in the US, Canada, and Europe. He has also designed numerous Yiddish culture exhibits for the Yiddish Book Center, where he served as Vice President for Education. His essays on klezmer music have been published by the University of California Press, the University of Pennsylvania Press, the University of Scranton Press, the University Press of America, and Hips Road.

He is currently an instructor in jazz and contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is musical director for Eternal Echoes, violinist Itzhak Perlman’s Sony recording and international touring project featuring cantor Yitzkhak Meir Helfgot, and In The Fiddler’s House, a klezmer music video, recording, and touring project. He served as musical director and arranger for Joel Grey’s Borshtcapades ’94, and was artistic director for A Taste of Passover and A Taste of Chanukah, PBS and PRI concert productions that featured Theodore Bikel, recorded live at New England Conservatory and broadcast nationally. He was a consultant, arranger, and featured performer on To Life! America Celebrates Israel’s 50th, broadcast internationally by CBS. In December 2002, he conducted the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a special holiday program also featuring the Klezmer Conservatory Band. He has produced numerous recordings, including ten by the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

He has been the recipient of the New England Conservatory’s outstanding alumni award and the Yosl Mlotek Award for the perpetuation of Yiddish culture, and was honored twice by New England Conservatory for excellence in teaching with the Louis Krasner and Lawrence Lesser awards.

His film scores include, Theo Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem (2013), The Fool and the Flying Ship(1991), a Rabbit Ears children’s video narrated by Robin Williams, The Forward: From Immigrants to Americans (1989), and The Double Burden: Three Generations of Working Women (1992). He adapted and composed the scores to the musicals Shlemiel the First (1994) (for the American Repertory Theatre) and King of the Schnorrers (2013), and composed the incidental music for the NPR radio series, Jewish Stories From Eastern Europe and Beyond.

His other significant compositions include The Trees Of The Dancing Goats, for Rabbit Airs Radio (PRI), and Chagall’s Mandolins, commissioned by the Niew Sinfonietta of Amsterdam.

Shabbat with Israeli Student Musicians from the Berklee School of Music
Friday, December 2 at 6:00 pm

We are proud to have forged a relationship with Israeli students at Berklee and hope to enjoy their musical gifts as we welcome them to our special community several times throughout the year.

Lunchtime Conversations
Tuesday, December 13

African-American composer Walter Robinson has composed a musical based on the story of Moses.  He has invited our community to sample highlights and offer feedback. We will invite TBE members to participate and will be joined by several singers and dancer Russell Ferguson. Learn more >

Shabbat pre-Chanukah Celebration with our Choirs and Tefillah Band
Friday, December 16

Because Chanukah and Christmas coincide this year, we’ll celebrate a little early with music and fried foods!

Jodi x 2 in Concert
Friday, January 13, 2017

Jodi Blankstein will join Jodi Sufrin for our Shabbat service and an 8:00 concert.

Shabbat Shirah/Tu Bish’vat
Friday, February 10

Our Children’s Choir will sweeten our Shabbat service as we celebrate the Sabbath known as the Sabbath of the Song, taken from the retelling of the dramatic moment of the Exodus from Egypt that we read on this Shabbat.

Beit Café and Purim combined!
Saturday evening, March 11

An opportunity to enjoy the great talent within our Temple community in a relaxed Coffee House setting.

Yom Hashoah Observance at Faneuil Hall
Sunday, April 23

Cantor Sufrin will join cantorial colleagues to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Friday, April 28
6:00 Service and 8:00 Concert 

We celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, with a group of exceptionally talented Israeli musicians who comprise the group, Banot.  All are graduates of Berklee, among them is recorder player Tali Rubinstein who has played for our community many times.

Noah Aronson
Friday, May 5

Our very own Noah Aronson, composer of many of our beloved liturgical melodies and now world-famous, will join us for Shabbat services and celebrate with us at our Evening to Remember celebration.

Please note: All events will be held at Temple Beth Elohim, unless otherwise indicated.