Fourth Annual B'hadrat Kodesh: L'kol Zman Concert at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem

Monday, April 11, 2016


The Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) held B'hadrat Kodesh: L'kol Zman at its Murstein Synagogue on April 7, 2016. The fourth annual concert, sponsored by the Society for Classical Reform Judaism (SCRJ), celebrates the musical heritage of the Reform Movement. 

Sixteen first-year rabbinical and cantorial students joyously performed masterworks from historic and contemporary choral repertoire, led by Cantor Tamar Havilio, Head of Cantorial Studies at HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, with Cantor Evan Kent and pianist Anastasia Sobolev. Students learned about Classical Reform composers and musical traditions as they performed works from Louis Lewandowski to modern Israeli performers. Rabbi Howard A. Berman, SCRJ Executive Director, led readings from the Union Prayer Book.

"We have tremendous gratitude to the vision and generosity of Rabbi Howard Berman and the Society for Classical Reform Judaism," stated Cantor Havilio. "Each year, we are so thankful to sing and celebrate our great classical prayer tradition and composers. This year was triumphant!"

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 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 Jacob Rader Marcus Center of 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.