KLEZ 9: An evening of Jewish music to support Ottawa Kosher Food Bank

By Merle Haltrecht, Esther Shetzer and Paul Adler
Klez 9 Committee

A Touch of Klez: (standing, from left) Jacki Langsner, keyboard; Ruth Mendell and Peter Teitelbaum, clarinets; Eric Elkin, flute; Steve Shapransky, percussion; Fred Brown, bass; (seated) Don McVeigh, banjo; Shaina Lipsey, vocals; and Ernie Brodo, mandolin.

A Touch of Klez: (standing, from left) Jacki Langsner, keyboard; Ruth Mendell and Peter Teitelbaum, clarinets; Eric Elkin, flute; Steve Shapransky, percussion; Fred Brown, bass; (seated) Don McVeigh, banjo; Shaina Lipsey, vocals; and Ernie Brodo, mandolin.

With poverty in the Jewish community increasing as the cost of food continues to rise, the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank (OKFB) plays a key role in our community. Many of the OKFB’s more than 150 clients are immigrants and seniors.

For the ninth year, a special Klez event will support the OKFB and recognize the efforts of its organizers.

Klez 9 will take place Sunday, March 6, 7 pm, at Agudath Israel Congregation, 1400 Coldrey Avenue. Featured performers will be A Touch of Klez, Ottawa’s longstanding klezmer band, and Musica Ebraica, the famed Jewish choral group. Susan Barker of International Folk Dancers of Ottawa will lead folk dancing and bring a joie de vivre to the gathering.

Founded in 1998, A Touch of Klez has performed at the Canadian Tulip Festival and WestFest and entertains residents at Hillel Lodge, and the Duke of Devonshire and Lord Lansdowne residences. Their focus is on traditional klezmer music, encompassing dance tunes such as bulgars, shers, Yiddish horas and waltzes.

Musica Ebraica, with conductor Gloria Jean Nagy and accompanist Carol Gurofsky, will present selections of Yiddish and Hebrew songs. Their music will inspire you to sing along and tap your feet. Musica Ebraica has been in existence for 16 years, bringing together singers of diverse backgrounds, different religious persuasions and ages. Their Sunday evening rehearsals at Hillel Lodge entertain the residents there each week.

Klez 9 is co-sponsored by Adath Shalom Congregation, Agudath Israel Congregation, Congregation Beth Shalom, the Glebe Minyan, Congregation Machzikei Hadas, Or Haneshamah and Temple Israel. We are inviting members of the community and businesses to become sponsors. To become a private or corporate sponsor, call Paul Adler at 613-228-3237.

Klez 9 promises to be a lively, musical evening, inviting you to dance and sing while supporting a worthy cause. Bring friends and neighbours to spread happiness and support the OKFB. Admission is $20. The Ottawa Kosher Food Bank is the beneficiary of all proceeds. Cheques may be made out to Agudath Israel Congregation, specifying “Ottawa Kosher Food Bank” on the memo line.

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