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"Living Archive": Cantor Nadel at Congregation Ohr Shalom-SJCC Feb. 28 - Mar. 1

Cantor Richard Nadel

SUMMIT, NJ - Cantor Richard Nadel, who grew up singing the great traditional works of Jewish liturgy, will be the Artist-in-Residence at Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center (SJCC), February 28 - March 1. 

On the Sabbath and together with the synagogue choir, congregants, and their children, Nadel will explore a range of synagogue music.  On February 28, he will demonstrate the folk influences of Craig Taubman and Shlomo Carlebach; classical hazanut and choir compositions at Saturday morning services; and, during the evening service, Israeli music of the 1950s.

Congregation Ohr Shalom-SJCC Cantor Janet Roth calls Nadel, “a living archive of the golden age of synagogue music.”  He grew up singing the great traditional works of Jewish liturgy — written by such composers as Lewis Lewandowski and Cantor Moshe Ganchoff — and he had the opportunity to sing with cantorial greats like Louis “Leibele” Waldman, Arele Diamond, and Abraham Veroba.

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The tradition of great cantorial compositions flourished when the synagogue was the only place where Jews could gather to hear music, Nadel said.  But today, when music is so readily available at the push of a button, he noted, few cantors are considered “stars.”  Nadel, for one, is working to keep the cantorial tradition alive.

Nadel, 58, is the former cantor at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield, and currently teaches at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  “We’re so looking forward to exploring the rich history of Jewish music,” said Cantor Roth, “with Cantor Nadel as our very able guide.”   The community is welcome to attend.

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