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Yom Ha’atzmaut: The Musical Origins of Hatikvah and Hava Nagila

an israeli flag with the words hatkiva (the hope) underneath with music notesThursday, April 19, 2018

Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm

With musicologist/composer: Charles Heller
Join us in celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday, and learn about the surprising origins and musical history of 3 familiar Jewish songs: Hatikvah,
Hava Nagila and Der Rebe Elimeylekh. Where did these tunes come from?

Admission: $5.00

A man with a beard smiles into the cameraCharles Heller graduated from the University of Cambridge and has taught music in the UK and in Toronto. He was the Choir Director at Beth Emeth Synagogue for 30 years, and is on the editorial board of the Cantors Assembly of New York. He has worked as arranger and conductor in concerts and recordings with many leading cantors including the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and Louis Danto. His compositions have been commissioned by Rivka Golani, Orchestra Toronto and the Toronto Children¹s Chorus. Charles is also the award-winning author of "What To Listen For in Jewish Music" (

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