LILITH MAGAZINE SINGS OUT ABOUT THE AGES OF WOMAN - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Each One of Us Is Getting Older Every Day

Tuesday, November 18 at 7:00 PM 
Admission is FREE, Photo ID required for entrance 
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion 
One West 4th Street (Between Broadway and Mercer) 
New York City

Feminist notes on being Jewish, female, and still kicking, this intergenerational evening of Jewish women's music presents cabaret singer Leslie Hollis, composer Mira J. Spektor's mini-musical "Give Me Time," and original klezmer music with Shira Shazeer of Fish Street Klezmer.

At this special LILITH event, Leslie Hollis will showcase a segment of her upcoming show "A Tribute to Dorothy Fields." Fields was the first woman elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a Jewish woman with enormous talent, courage and drive who managed to break into the male world Broadway lyric writing. Hollis's just-release CD is "I Fall in Love Too Easily." She'll be performing with pianist Woody Regan.

"Give Me Time," with music by Mira J. Spektor and lyrics by June Siegel and Caroline Crippen, is about a "mature couple" who meet on a park bench in Florida and decide to call off middle age! The mini-musical is sung by Darcy Dunn and Mark Singer with musical direction and piano by Barbara Ames and stage direction by Lou Rodgers.

Shira Shazeer and Ken Richmond, young musicians of Klezmaniacs fame, come together to form the new klezmer and Yiddish song duo called Fish Street Klezmer, in the tradition of Mina Bern, Ben Bonus, Shifra Lerer and others. Richmond plays violin and guitar, Shazeer plays accordion and mandolin, and both musicians sing. As a part of the klezmer world of the new millennium, they work to preserve, revive, and create traditions of klezmer and Yiddish song--this evening all about women.

This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition The Art of Aging, on view from September 2, 2003 through June 25, 2004. The exhibit's curator Laura Kruger says that "Aging is a process that begins with birth. It's a lifelong journey affecting all the dynamics of human relationships, creativity, memory, continuity, and growth. Jewish texts are full of references to values intrinsic to the aging process-- respecting elders, honoring parents, recognizing 40 as the age of understanding, 50 as the age of counsel, 60 as wisdom, and 80 as strength." Through painting, sculpture, photography, installation, mixed media, and video, contemporary artists from Israel and North America reflect on the diverse aspects of aging, including creativity and vitality, anxiety, physical change, loss, intergenerational responsibilities, and optimism.

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This exhibition is co-sponsored by the American Jewish Joint Distribution 
Committee (JDC) and JDC-ESHEL (The Association for the Planning and 
Development of Services for the Aged in Israel), with additional support by 
UJA-Federation of New York. 

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.