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10/7/2019 General
The Power of Music


Boca Raton, FL (October 3, 2019) Temple Beth El of Boca Raton will present The Power of Music, a three-part series celebrating the positive emotional, physical, and cognitive effects of music.

The series kicks off on Saturday, November 9th with the screening of the film, Defiant Requiem followed by a discussion and dessert reception with maestro, Murry Sidlin. On Sunday, November 10th, the temple presents Michelle and Josh in Concert: The Power of Music featuring Cantorial Soloist, Michelle Auslander Cohen and guest Cantor Josh Breitzer. On Sunday, November 17th the series concludes with Music and Memory: Healing Practices to Help Those with Alzheimer’s with Cantor Riki Lippitz. All of these events will be held at the Temple Beth El Schaefer Family Campus located at 333 S.W. 4th Avenue, Boca Raton, FL 33432.

“My goal with the “Power of Music” series is to show all of the beautiful ways in which music can be a vehicle to express joy, to deal with pain, to find parts of ourselves we thought we lost and ultimately to elevate our spirits to levels we never knew were possible,” said Cantorial Soloist, Michelle Auslander Cohen.  


“Defiant Requiem” tells the story of a most dramatic example of intellectual and artistic courage in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The inmates fought back…with art and music. Despite hunger, disease and slave labor, the Jewish inmates of Terezin held onto their humanity by staging plays, composing opera and using paper and ink to record the horrors around them. Maestro Murry Sidlin, international conductor, president and creative director of The Defiant Requiem Foundation will speak about the arts and humanities as practiced by the prisoners in the Theresienstadt (Terezin) concentration camp.
Saturday, November 9 at 7:00 pm. S10 per person/$15 at the door.
RSVP at tbeboca.org/special-events


Cantorial Soloist Michelle Auslander Cohen and guest Cantor Josh Breitzer bring music dedicated to preserving the memory of the prisoners in Terezin during World War II, as told through the movie The Defiant Requiem.” The concert will be filled with beautiful melodies and powerful messages of how we find hope and inspiration through the power of music.
Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 pm. $18 General Admission/$36 Reserved Seating/$100 Benefactor Reserved Seating. RSVP at tbeboca.org/special-events.

Music can at times “awaken” someone with dementia when they hear a selection that is meaningful to them. Cantor Riki Lippitz will share the successful techniques from the “Music and Memory” program in Israel and explore specific ways for you to use music to uplift and inspire those you hold dear. Cantor Lippitz is certified by the Music and Memory Foundation, creating personalized music to vastly improve the lives of dementia and Alzheimer’s patients.  Light refreshments will be served.
Sunday, November 17 at 3:00 pm. No Fee, but please RSVP at tbeboca.org/adult-programming.

The Power of Music series has been generously underwritten by the Temple Beth El Music and Arts Circle and the Lucille Geller Choir and Music Fund, in memory of Lucille Geller z” l, and is in conjunction with Temple Beth El’s Project Nuremberg. For more information about the Temple Beth El Music and Arts Circle upcoming events, as well as the three-part series, please call 561-391-8900 or visit tbeboca.org.

About Temple Beth El of Boca Raton
Temple Beth El of Boca Raton was founded in 1967 and has grown to become one of the nation’s leading Reform congregations. With a mission to inspire a passionate commitment to Jewish life, learning, community and spiritual growth; the temple offers two newly expanded campuses which serve the needs of the surrounding Jewish community. The Schaefer Family Campus at 333 S.W. 4th Avenue in east Boca Raton houses the Merle E. Singer Sanctuary, social hall, a full-service catering kitchen, chapel, Beit Midrash (Adult Learning Center), gift shop, classrooms, clergy and administrative offices. Also on the property is the Beth El Mausoleum, the only mausoleum in the United States to be built on sacred temple grounds. The Beck Family Campus at 9800 Yamato Road in west Boca Raton houses the Early Learning Center for preschool, infant daycare and summer camp, as well as a new Kehillah Center (community hall) and catering kitchen. Welcoming families of all ages, the temple holds weekly Shabbat services and offers a bustling religious school program for grades K-12; along with a variety of social, cultural educational, social action and religious programs. For more information visit tbeboca.org or call  the  Schaefer Family Campus at 561-391-8900,  Beck Family Campus at 561-391-9091 or the Beth El Mausoleum at 561-391-8901.