Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel

85 Harrison Street, New Haven, CT 06515-1724 | P: 203.389.2108 |

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Promises, Promises: How Kol Nidrei Got Its Groove with Rachel Adelstein

September 21, 2019    
12:45 pm - 3:00 pm

The opening phrase of “Kol Nidrei” is one of the most famous sounds in the Jewish musical repertoire, performed every year by cantors, choirs, cellists, and many more.  How did a relatively dry legal declaration become a source of danger and contention for Jewish communities, a masterpiece of the cantor’s art, and the emotional climax of the first “talkie” film?  Join ethnomusicologist Rachel Adelstein for a tour of this beautiful, nostalgic, and often misunderstood part of the High Holy Days liturgy.

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