The Shabbatones, a nationally recognized a cappella ensemble from the University of Pennsylvania, will perform at Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains on Saturday, March 16, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the community. Refreshments will be served.
During the first hour of the event, the Shabbatones will conduct a musical workshop geared especially for children and teenagers who enjoy singing and want to learn basic a cappella techniques. Simultaneously, Matt Axelrod, Cantor of Congregation Beth Israel, will review Passover melodies with the adults in attendance. These workshops will be followed by a Shabbatones concert for all ages. The Shabbatones sing popular Israeli, Jewish and American songs that appeal to a diverse audience.
The Shabbatones hail from Philadelphia and recently toured San Francisco, Houston, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Miami. They have a special connection to Congregation Beth Israel, however. Ezra Margolin, 21, the Shabbatones’ Tour Manager and Past-President, is a member of Congregation Beth Israel. Ezra, who resides in Westfield, had been President of Congregation Beth Israel’s youth group, United Synagogue Youth, 2007-2008.
“This will be a wonderful way to spend a Shabbat afternoon, filled with Jewish music and learning,” said Cantor Matt Axelrod. “We’re thrilled to welcome Ezra back so he and his fellow performers can inspire a new generation of children,” Axelrod said.
For additional information, call the synagogue office at (908) 889-1830. Congregation Beth Israel is located at 18 Shalom Way, Scotch Plains (at the corner of Martine Avenue).