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September 8, 2017  RSS feed

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Concert celebrates Jewish Valentine’s Day

(L-R) Cantor Beth Schlossberg of Congregation Kol Ami and Cantor Andres Kornworcel of Congregation Rodeph Sholom (L-R) Cantor Beth Schlossberg of Congregation Kol Ami and Cantor Andres Kornworcel of Congregation Rodeph Sholom The Jewish Valentine’s Day, Tu B’Av was celebrated in Tampa last month with a music concert at Congregation Rodeph Sholom.

Rodeph Sholom’s Cantor Andres Kornworcel, who organized the event, performed along with Cantor Beth Schlossberg of Congregation Kol Ami and Jacquelyn Tawil, 16, of Tampa.

A variety of music included opera, Broadway, English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and Spanish love songs. Following the program, food was served for the estimated crowd of 250.

Tu B’Av, the 15th Day of Av, is both an ancient and modern holiday. Originally a post-Biblical day of joy, it served as a matchmaking day for unmarried women in the Second Temple period, before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 CE. It has been rejuvenated in recent decades, especially in modern Israel and has become a Hebrew- Jewish Day of Love.

Rodeph Sholom President Dr. Abe Marcadis and Rabbi Joshua Hearshen, along with Kol Ami Rabbi Howard Siegel, spoke briefly to welcome the audience and describe the holiday, but the night belonged to a wide variety of love songs.

“It demonstrated some of the best parts of the way we practice Judaism; singing, laughter, education and love. We have already started to plan for next year and an even bigger concert,” Cantor Kornworcel said.

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