October 27; November 24; February 23; March 23
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.
Friday October 27 – Cantor Charles Osbourne Accompanied by Susan Piltch on keyboard
A native of Suffern, New York, Cantor Charles David Osborne is a graduate of the Hartt College of Music and Jewish Theological Seminary, where he studied cantorial arts with Max Wohlberg and David Kusevitsky, among others, and composition with two of America's leading 20th century composers, Miriam Gideon and Hugo Weisgall. Cantor Osborne has taught at Jewish Theological Seminary, Northeastern University and Hebrew College of Boston. He has served on the Executive Board of the Cantors Assembly and on the Board of Directors of MAZON—The Jewish Response to Hunger. The founder and first musical director of Kol Rinah—the Jewish High School Chorus of Greater Boston, Cantor Osborne was heavily involved in the activities of the Zamir Choral Foundation, for whom he served two summers as 'rosh musica' for their Hazamir high school choral tours of Israel.
Cantor Osborne’s original compositions include four oratorios, a symphony, concerti for flute, guitar, viola and harp, art songs and more than 200 choral pieces. His piece “Samachti V’omrim Li” is one of the most popular pieces of synagogue music in the world. In May of 2015, Cantor Osborne received the Max Wohlberg Award in Musical composition from the Cantors Assembly. Cantor Osborne currently serves as the Senior Cantor of Temple Sinai Congregation in Toronto.
Susan Piltch studied at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto with pianist/composer Dr. Samuel Dolin. She later studied recorder with Hugh Orr, then flute with her father Bernard Piltch. She has recorded two CDs with guitarist Daniel LaBrash: “The Moon and Flowers” and “Nature’s Play”. In 2006, Susan and harpist Sharlene Wallace recorded “Anticipation”, selections from which are played often on CBC and Classical 96.3 FM. Two of Susan's compositions, Labyrinth and Little One, are published through Nourse Wind Publications and are listed on the Royal Conservatory of Music's flute exam syllabus. Most recently, Susan has released her own solo recording Out of the Shadows, on which she plays all of the flute and piano parts herself.
Friday November 24 – Lenka Lichtenberg
The November 24th Shabbat in Song is presented in partnership with the Bernard Betel Centre and Healthy at Home. "Passionate and prolific, Lenka Lichtenberg is a force of nature within Canada’s world music scene.... Lichtenberg is pushing Yiddish music beyond its klezmer stereotype into a truly inspired form of world music." - Nicholas Jennings, Penguin Eggs
A member of the award-winning Sisters of Sheynville, singer /composer Lenka Lichtenberg creates uniquely Canadian world music, channeling the rich Toronto soundscapes of Middle East, India and Brazil, and her own East European heritage. Lenka was born and raised in Prague, in the former Czechoslovakia. While probably best known today as a Yiddish singer, her background did not include Yiddish as her Czech family was assimilated; Lenka's Jewish-born mother identifies as Catholic. Lenka learned to sing in Yiddish as an adult, and took Yiddish lessons.
This award-winning artist melds innovative expressions of traditional song with her own contemporary compositions, combining folk, jazz and world into a unique celebration of her roots. She is a published composer, vocalist in Yiddish, English, Czech, French, Russian, Hebrew, and a bandleader with 6 solo CD releases, as well as many others to her credit, including: Pashtes (2006), Sheynville Express (2007), Fray (2010) and most recently, Live in America and Yiddish Journey, both released in 2016. Lenka is in the midst of a diverse international concert career, traveling across continents as a solo artist, with her group “Fray”, or with one of her collaborative projects.
For more information about Lenka, please visit https://www.lenkalichtenberg.com/.
Friday February 23 – Isaac Muzikansky
Perhaps it was inevitable that Isaac Muzikansky would be a musician. With such a name, what else could he be? Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, Isaac Muzikansky has been passionate about Jewish music and Yiddish songs since childhood. The Muzikansky family kept their Jewish traditions alive in spite of fear of persecution. “In spite of all the difficulties in their lives, my parents’ spirits were never broken, and they never gave up their dreams of keeping the Yiddishkeit alive in our family. A big part of this was the Yiddish music and the songs they sang together almost every evening after dinner”.
After immigrating to Canada in 1980, Isaac settled in Ottawa, and became actively involved in Jewish community life there. He performed as a part of a group as well as soloist at many Soloway JCC functions. Isaac sang with the Ottawa choirs “Shiru Lach” and “Musica Ebraica”, as well as with Agudath Israel Synagogue choir. He was also an active volunteer for Hillel Lodge, Chevra Kadisha, AJA 50+, Creative Connections, Jewish Family Services, Hadassa and Na’amat.
In 2015, Isaac relocated to Toronto, where he regularly performs at Jewish venues like the
Bernard Betel Centre, Baycrest, Circle of Care and Russian CHATS club. He also sings with the Beth Tikvah Synagogue choir. Isaac has performed in Montreal, Kingston and South Florida at synagogues, libraries and Jewish organizations. Isaac has also participated at the KlezKanada music festival.
Isaac’s repertoire includes songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, Russian and Italian. He accompanies himself on the guitar and also plays violin.
In August 2011, Isaac released a CD of Yiddish songs, which was the culmination of years of singing and playing guitar in various groups and settings. Titled “Isaac Muzikansky – My Parents’ Favourite Yiddish Songs”, this collection evolved from his childhood and includes traditional favourites including Lekhayim, Di Mameh Iz Gegangen, Vi Nemt Men A Bisele Mazl, Chiri Bim Chiri Bom and Di Mezinke Oysgegebn.
For more information about Isaac, please visit www.isaacmuzikansky.com.
Friday March 23 – Yitzhak Argaman
Yitzhak Argaman was born in Israel. It was during his service in the Israeli army that he picked up his first guitar, taught himself to play, and formed his first singing group. While in his early 20s, Yitzhak came to Canada to study, and he has since established a career as a music teacher and a musician. He is also a band leader and entertains at countless simchas and performances in Toronto and across Canada.
Yitzhak is mostly known for his Hebrew singing - his roots as a sabra enable him to retain the authentic Israeli flavour of the songs and capture spirit of Israel and its contemporary musical flavour. In addition, he has a wide repertoire of Yiddish, English and Spanish songs. Yitzhak performed as part of the Miles Nadal JCC’s 2015 Jewish Music Week program “Celebrating Israel in Song”, at our 2016 concert in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut “Eretz Zavat Chalav” and at our very first Shabbat in Song program this past June.