By Francesca Norsen Tate
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
America’s foremost Jewish choir debuts in Brooklyn’s celebrated sanctuary with two of the borough’s native sons.
Maestro Matthew Lazar and Cantor Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson perform in an evening of classical and contemporary music in honor of both Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Shabbat Shirah (Sabbath of Song) at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope.
Making special appearances will be Cantor Josh Breitzer and members of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir. This Shabbat Shirah concert takes place on Thursday (instead of Friday), January 24 at 7:30 p.m., in the sanctuary of Congregation Beth Elohim.
Ticket prices are: $36 for general admission; $25 for CBE members; free for all those under age 18 and under. Purchase tickets online through Congregation Beth Elohim’s website, http://congregationbethelohim.org, or at the door.
The next evening, Congregation Beth Elohim will formally install Rabbi Marc Katz as its Assistant Rabbi.
The investiture liturgy will take place at the Shabbat Evening services, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Rabbi David Ellenson, president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will offer remarks and blessings.
Also, Congregation Beth Elohim is joining the New York Methodist Hospital Blood program once again to help those in need. The blood drive will take place in the Temple’s Social Hall on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.