This week’s Sidra focuses on the Mishkan (Sanctuary) which accompanied our people during their wanderings through the desert
Do you hear the people sing at the Central?!
Although it was a bitterly cold evening on Monday 11th March more than 120 people braved the night’s chill to attend a concert at the Central Synagogue given by the London Jewish Male Choir Concert featuring our very own Chazan Steven Leas and including other members of our congregation.
Conducted by a very exuberant Joseph Finlay, the LJMC presented a wide selection of Jewish, Israeli and musical theatre favourites. We listened to everything from classical Yiddish songs such as Bei mis bist du shein, Ich Zing and others to romantic ballads from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies” and a rousing medley of songs from topical favourite “Les Miserables”. Eddie Redmayne and Russell Crowe eat your heart out! They were certainly not a patch on Steven Leas and soloist Marc Joseph.
The atmosphere in the Wix Hall was great as well with the audience participating along to many of the songs by clapping their hands and stamping their feet. An impromptu and moving rendition of “Adon Olam” took place in the middle of the concert when Chazan Leas’ eight year old son Jonathan jumped up on stage from the audience to join in the fun.
During the interval when we were served delicious miniature bagels, Danish pastries, teas and coffees, young and old visitors remarked upon how good the event was and how we should have these concerts more often.
Look out for more Central Synagogue events and activities taking place on the new synagogue website.