Celebrating Shabbat in Song

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    Friday May 25, 2018

    Refreshments: 12:30 pm
    Concert and Shabbat Ceremony 1:00 - 2:30 pm

    We invite you to celebrate Shabbat with us at our new Friday afternoon program. Enjoy a Jewish-themed concert, a participatory Shabbat ceremony, as well as traditional treats. Musical guest performers will include Lenka Lichtenberg, Yitzhak Argaman, Cantor Aaron Bensoussan… and more. Shabbat Shalom and Gut Shabbes! To register, please call (416) 924-6211 x0.

    Admission: $5.00/program

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    Friday May 25 - Cantor David Edwards

    Cantor David Edwards was born and raised in the UK in a traditional Jewish home that regarded Judaism as an important aspect of life. After completing high school he spent a period of time in Israel where he studied at an Ulpan and then went on to work in Tel Aviv.

    Cantor David moved to Toronto in 1974 and embarked on a successful business career. Although he enjoyed a love for music, it wasn't until much later in life that he discovered his voice and began to take the art of cantorial music seriously. After the passing of his late mother in 1993, he began to study intensely and in 2000 he became the Cantor of the Lodzer Centre Congregation in Toronto where he served for 9 years.

    During 2009 to 2011, David was honoured to lead the Calgary Beth Tzedec Congregation where he engaged his congregants, encouraged them to participate and fostered a greater sense of community within the Synagogue, which led to a positive experience for many.

    In 2011, he returned to Toronto to accept the position of Senior Cantor at the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue, a thriving 1200 family congregation. David formed a theatre arts group that produced very successful plays around the theme of the Purim Holiday story. In addition, he initiated outreach programs to retirement
    homes performed pastoral duties for the elderly and bereaved and organized a musical choral group of talented singers who augmented many services on Shabbat and the High Holy Days.

    In 2017, he concluded his tenure at the Beth Emeth in order to take on more diverse roles in the Jewish community. This includes a High Holiday cantorial position at Beth Sholom Synagogue, mentoring and teaching students, performing life cycle events and concerts/special events as requested.

    Cantor David’s style is a combination of the treasured traditional musical themes and genres of the past together with new modern melodies. In performing the sacred craft of chazzanut, he holds the belief that without a "tzibur" (a congregation) there can be no "shaliach" (prayer leader).

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    750 Spadina Ave. (at Bloor), Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J2

    Phone: 416.924.6211
    Fax: 416.924.0422
    Email: info@mnjcc.org

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