Cantor Perry Fine, “The Voice” of Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston, will give a two-session presentation via Zoom, as part of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section’s Our Jewish World program, on Thursdays, Nov. 12 and 19, at 1 p.m.

Cantor Fine’s Nov. 12 session, titled “Hatikvah and the Zionist Spirit,” will explore the fascinating saga behind the creation of Israel’s National Anthem, “Hatikvah (The Hope),” analyzing the original poem by Naftali Imber, Hatikvah’s oft-disputed musical roots, and its role in the birth of the Zionist state. 

At the second session, on Nov. 19, called “Israel in Song: The Mizrachi Revolution,” Cantor Fine will examine the meteoric rise of music of the Mizrachi Jews—Jews whose families emigrated to Israel from Arab lands. As a reflection of their culture, this music is both passionate and captivating. Cantor Fine will share examples of this genre, featuring leading Mizrachi singers and composers, past and present, and also discuss the widespread influence of this music on Israeli popular culture today.  

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Cantor Fine has been singing Jewish music ever since his days as a boy soprano soloist with Hazzan Hillel Lipsicas’s High Holiday choir in his hometown of Baltimore. He’s a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and his recordings include settings of the Yom Kippur Service for the Milken Archive Series of Jewish Music and music for the Friday Night Live Service.

The link for Cantor Fine’s Zoom sessions will be provided by email. RSVP for the sessions by emailing iadpr@aol.com.