Livingston cantor to spotlight Israel’s music heritage
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Livingston cantor to spotlight Israel’s music heritage

Cantor Perry Fine
Cantor Perry Fine

Cantor Perry Fine, “the Voice” of Temple Beth Shalom in Livingston, will give a two-session presentation, on Zoom, for the West Morris section National Council of Jewish Women’s program. The program, called “Our Jewish World,” is set for Thursdays, November 12 and 19, at 1 p.m.

Cantor Fine’s November 12 session, “Hatikvah (the Hope) and the Zionist Spirit,” will explore the saga behind the creation of Israel’s national anthem. The class will analyze the original poem by Naftali Imber, the song’s oft-disputed musical roots, and its role in the birth of the Zionist state.

On November 19, in “Israel in Song: The Mizrachi Revolution,” Cantor Fine will examine the meteoric rise of music of the Mizrachi Jews—music from those Jews whose families had emigrated to Israel from Arab lands. He will share examples of this genre, featuring leading Mizrachi singers and composers past and present, and also discuss the widespread influence of this music on Israeli popular culture today.

Cantor Fine has been singing Jewish music ever since his days as a boy soprano soloist with Hazzan Hillel Lipsicas’s High Holiday choir in his hometown, Baltimore. He’s a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Jewish Theological Seminary, and his recordings include settings of the Yom Kippur service for the Milken Archive Series of Jewish Music and music for the Friday Night Live Service. Email iadpr@aol.com for the Zoom link.

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