Congregation Beth El to present annual Hanukkah klezmer concert | Local News

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The Beth El congregation will present their annual Hanukkah klezmer concert on Monday to celebrate the eight-day Jewish holiday and feature cultural music.

The concert, now in its 14th year, will take place at 7 p.m. Monday at True Vine Brewing Co., located at 2453 Earl Campbell Parkway in Tyler.

Rabbi Neal Katz said the concert will be both in person and online. Last year, the event took place online solely due to COVID-19.

“We did it last year online, but it’s also good because it creates a new group to celebrate with,” he said.

Guests can simply show up to the event in person for free. People can buy pizza and drinks and enjoy the show from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The show will also be broadcast live for $ 18 per household. Those interested in the virtual option can visit to register to watch the show live on YouTube.

Klezmer music is Eastern European Jewish music widely used in weddings and other festive events.

This year Chanukah begins this Sunday evening at sunset and ends on December 6th. Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish holiday honoring the recovery of Jerusalem and the dedication of the Second Temple at the end of the defeat of the Maccabees. the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BC.

The holiday also celebrates the miracle of a one-day supply of oil that allows the menorah of the rededicated temple in Jerusalem to remain lit for eight days.

Katz said the concert didn’t teach much about Chanukah, but was an opportunity for the community to celebrate this holiday season with members of the Jewish community.

“Ninety percent of the people who come to my show are not Jewish,” Katz said. “The vast majority of people are just people who are fascinated by this kind of music or who are fascinated by me because it’s Rabbi-Palozza’s thing or it’s just a cultural moment to have an experience of celebrating different vacation. “

He added that the concert is just a fun thing that he and other musicians have been doing for 14 years.

The 10 musicians, including local orchestra teachers and professional musicians, bring incredible talent to the stage. There will be two special artists – one is a mystery guest and the other is a professional singer and photographer from Houston, Katz said.

“It’s the 14th year, but I think one of the big pieces of the show is that we bring in guest performers every year,” Katz said. “Every year we’ve had different people. We had an opera singer, we had a poet, we had a hand bell choir, a bagpiper. We really love to do this. This is the only time of year we can do it and we have fun doing it.

He encouraged people to come early and bring a jacket.

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