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December 16, 2016  RSS feed
Culture

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Fans flock to concert, rock to sounds of the Maccabeats


The a cappella group Maccabeats performed to packed houses in two shows at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center. The a cappella group Maccabeats performed to packed houses in two shows at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center. More than 1,200 fans of the popular American Jewish all-male a cappella group, the Maccabeats, turned out earlier this month for two concerts by the singers at a community Hanukkah celebration at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center.

The performances were free to the local Jewish community and made possible by the Board of Rabbis of Pinellas County, the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties and the Louis Orloff Philanthropic Fund at TOP.

The Maccabeats, based at Yeshiva University, are noted for their 2010 Hanukkah song “Candlelight,” which they sang as their last song of the performance. Other songs on the playlist included, “The Latke Recipe,” and “One Day.”

The intergenerational audience clapped and waved to the beat of the music and the performers were interactive and enthusiastic.


The free Maccabeats concert was part of a community Hanukkah celebration. The free Maccabeats concert was part of a community Hanukkah celebration. “We had so much fun as a family (grandparents included). It was also an awesome feeling to be part of such a big community event.” said Miriam Pardoll, from St. Petersburg.

Tickets for the show became available in early October and by the end of the month, all 600 of the first show tickets has been given out. A second show was added and those tickets were snapped up in a matter of weeks.

Rabbi Danielle Upbin, president of the Board of Rabbis of Pinellas County, and Rabbi Daniel Treiser, immediate past president, welcomed the crowd on behalf of the board. Rabbi Upbin credited an innovation grant from the Federation for sparking the idea for the concert.

“The continued collaboration and inclusivity of the congregations, beneficiary agencies, and the Jewish Federation are paramount to the strength of our Jewish community at large” said, Steve Klein, president of of Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties.

Emilie Socash, executive director of the Jewish Federation also spoke, praising the community for coming together to put on this special event.

Before introducing the Maccabeats she had a surprise announcement for the audience – this coming summer the Federation will open a community summer day camp. It will be located mid-county and run from June 5 through Aug. 4. Early bird discounts are available. Contact the Federation for more information on the camp at (727) 530-5223.


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