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Sam Glaser, a Top 10 American Jewish musician, scheduled at Clearwater Shabbaton Nov. 3-4

Sam Glazer in concert Sam Glazer in concert Popular Jewish musician Sam Glaser will perform and speak at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater as the artist/scholar in residence on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3-4.

“Glaser’s soulful music has become part of the fabric of Jewish life in communities worldwide. He performs in an average of 50 cities a year and his energetic style and passionate delivery never fails to ignite the spirit of audiences of all ages,” his biography states.

Named one of the top 10 Jewish artists in the United States by Moment magazine and dubbed “the hardest working man in Jewish music today,” Glaser is equally comfortable behind a keyboard in intimate solo concerts, leading his top-notch band or headlining with full orchestra.

While he typically performs in synagogues and Jewish Community Centers, he has appeared at such Los Angeles area venues: Greek Theater, Staples Center and Dodger Stadium as well as on Broadway and at the White House. He has traveled the world over in concert, from Sydney to London to Hong Kong to Tel Aviv.

For his visit to Beth Shalom, he will be performing solo. The two-day stop here is part of his 25th Anniversary tour.

He will sing during the synagogue’s Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, Nov. 3 from 6-7 p.m. This will be followed by a dinner and program featuring Glaser.

On Saturday, Nov. 4, Glazer will be at the Shabbat morning services at 9 a.m., as well as at a kiddush luncheon and an after-lunch learning session.

There will also be a late-afternoon and evening musical program on Saturday. Included will be Mincha, Havdalah and a light meal. The evening should appeal to people of all ages; everyone is invited.

It has not yet been determined what, if any, fees there will be for meals nor the time of the late afternoon/ evening program. Call the synagogue office at (727) 531-1418 prior to the events for those details.

Glaser performs for the widest array of audiences of any Jewish artist; his fans range from those in the Reform and Conservative movements to Modern Orthodox and Chassidic groups. He has performed at the top Jewish national conventions. He has released 24 albums including the 2012 The Promise, which featured his original songs, “Dancing in Jerusalem” and “Simple Song for Israel,” both YouTube hits. Glaser also has published four collections of lyrics and poetry, four musicals, five sheet music songbooks and a choral book.

In his recording studio, Glaser Musicworks, he produces albums for a wide variety of recording artists and music for such networks as the WB, ESPN and Sports Channel.

Glaser has served as director of the Yad b’Yad Youth Theater Troupe, music specialist at Camp Ramah, music director for the JCC Maccabee Games and as music director for the Brandeis Collegiate Institute in Simi Valley, CA. He frequents religious school retreats, NFTY, USY and NCSY events and collegiate Hillel Houses.

He has produced such events as the annual American Jewish Song Festival, American Jewish Idol and Taste of Kosher LA. For six years Glaser acted as music coordinator for the Department of Continuing Education at the American Jewish University where he supervised the music curriculum and directed the cultural arts program.

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