HUC-JIR Presents The Annual Max and Florence Minsky Concert on 10/24 @ 3pm

Friday, October 1, 2004

"The Blessing of Life and Jerusalem: Songs of Gratitude and Joy"
The Annual Max and Florence Minsky Concert at HUC-JIR

Sunday, October 24, 2004 at 3:00 pm 
Admission free, photo ID required for entrance

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion 
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street) 
New York City

The annual Max and Florence Minsky Concert at HUC-JIR features the School of Sacred Music's faculty, including Cantors Israel Goldstein, Jack Mendelson, Bob Abelson, Martha Novick, Merri Arian, Benjie Ellen Schiller, Joseé Wolff, Faith Steinsnyder accompanied by Artist-in Residence Joyce Rosenzweig. This concert is an opportunity to enjoy an eclectic array of solo works and ensemble pieces by a variety of Jewish composers, including Yehezkel Braun, Ami Aloni and Eduard Birnbaum.

For 2000 years, the cantor has served the Jewish people as leader of prayer, as composer of liturgical poetry and song, and as educator and communal leader.  Today, the cantor is part of a professional synagogue team working to enhance Jewish life.  As a calling and career, the cantorate continues "to wed the worlds of spirit and art."

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion established the School of Sacred Music in 1948 as the Reform Movement's only institution for the training of cantors.  Created at a time when the Holocaust threatened the continuity of Jewish heritage, the SSM has flourished as a center dedicated to preserving, enhancing, and creating Jewish music.

This concert has been made possible through the generous support of The Max and Florence Minsky Music Fund.  Continuing a tradition of supporting the College-Institute, Florence Minsky Goldstein established the fund in 1994 in memory of her beloved husband, Max Minsky.  Additional support has been made by Central Synagogue (Cantor Jordan Franzel) Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (Cantor Judith Rowland) The Jewish Center of the Hamptons (Cantor Debra Stein) Congregation Emanu-El (Cantor Ros Barak) Temple beth Elohim (Cantor Jodi Sufrin) Temple Beth Am (Cantor Rachelle Nelson) Temple Emanu-El (Cantor Scott Colbert) Congregation Chaye Olam, Franklin Village, MI (Cantor Stephen Dubov)

For further information, please contact: Jocelyn Nixon, 212-824-2279.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to 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 American Jewish Archives, 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. www.huc.edu