Celebrating Shabbat in Song

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    Friday October 26, 2018
    Refreshments: 12:30 pm
    Concert and Shabbat Ceremony 1:00 - 2:30 pm

    We invite you to celebrate Shabbat with us at our monthly Friday afternoon program. Enjoy a Jewish-themed concert featuring renowned cantors, rabbis and popular musicians, as well as a participatory Shabbat ceremony, challah and traditional treats. Presented in partnership with the Bernard Betel Centre and Healthy at Home.

    FREE - To register, please call (416) 924-6211 x0 or register here. 


    Friday October 26 – Cantor Charles Osborne and pianist Susan Piltch

    Cantor Charles David Osborne
    currently serves as the Senior Cantor of Temple Sinai Congregation. A native of Suffern, New York, Cantor 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 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.

    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.

    Upcoming Dates: November 23, February 22, March 29, May 24

    Friday November 23 – Charles Heller

    Charles Heller
    is a composer, arranger, conductor and author who has been making important contributions to the world of synagogue music for more than fifty years. He served as the Choir Director at Beth Emeth Synagogue for 30 years, he is on the editorial board of the Cantors Assembly of New York, and his work with Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue was recognized by the United Synagogue of America’s Solomon Schechter Award for Music.

    Charles has performed with such major figures as Marvin Hamlisch, Cantor David Kusevitsky and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. His arrangements and original compositions are used in synagogues and in concerts around the world, and his compositions have been commissioned by Orchestra Toronto and the Toronto Children’s Chorus. Charles was also the Vice-President of Jewish Music Toronto and has been an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre since 2011. In 2015 he was appointed Composer in Residence for Strings Attached Orchestra.

    His interest in the transmission and evolution of Jewish music is the basis of his award-winning book What To Listen For in Jewish Music. Last year, Charles gave the fascinating lecture at our Yom Ha’atzmaut program “The Musical Origins of Hatikvah and Hava Nagila”, and we are so pleased to welcome him back to the Miles Nadal JCC!

    Friday February 22 – Rabbi Miriam Margles

    Rabbi Miriam Margles
    has been the rabbi at the Danforth Jewish Circle since 2010.  As a prominent and soulful advocate for progressive Judaism, she engages our community and the world with wisdom, creativity, and warmth. As an artist, educator, and activist, Rabbi Miriam’s leadership extends beyond the DJC. A graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, an alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, and a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute, she teaches in a range of contexts in Canada and the United States.  Integrating dynamic Jewish learning, heart-opening spiritual practice, community building, and creative exploration in movement, voice, and writing, she facilitates workshops with various populations, including hospital patients, prison inmates, groups of Jews and Palestinians, and adults and young people of all ages.  Her original compositions of Jewish music for prayer are sung by communities throughout North American, Israel, and Europe.


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