The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism is pleased to invite the public to hear nationally acclaimed classical and Klezmer flutist Adrianne Greenbaum talk and perform on Sunday, November 18th at 10:15 at the Bedford Middle School auditorium, in Westport. An encore presentation, geared for children and youth will follow from 11:15-11:45. The presentations are part of the Congregation’s Adult Education program and the Sunday School’s Shalom session. Both presentations are free and open to the public.
Klezmer music has its roots in Eastern European Jewish traditions, Now the powerful sounds go beyond “Fiddler on the Roof” and listeners are drawn from a multitude of backgrounds.
Greenbaum’s classical training and career rank her amongst the finest flutists of her time. As a classical musician she has performed as soloist and orchestral musician in all of New York’s major concert halls and in many major cities of the U.S. She has appeared with such orchestras as New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival (as soloist), the Berlin Ballet at the Met (as principal flutist), the Period Orchestra of the Fairfield Academy, and for many years performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Currently she is Solo Flutist with the New Haven Symphony, the Wall Street Chamber Players, and Emeritus Principal of Orchestra New England. She has held faculty positions at Wesleyan and Yale Universities, at Smith College, and is currently Professor of Flute at Mount Holyoke College.
A bake sale will coincide with the Klezmer talk and performances, held by CHJ’s Teen Tzedekeh Group. The teens participate in various events through the year to support those in need. Money raised from the bake sale will be used to purchase the ingredients for their next charitable sandwich-making event. The teens will deliver the sandwiches to a local soup kitchen or other charity.
For more information on Adrianne Greenbaum and Klezmer music please visit her website at:www.klezmerflute.com.
Humanistic Judaism emphasizes personal responsibility in fulfilling the Jewish ideals of loving, kindness, justice, and good deeds. These ethical ideals are shared by Jewish tradition and humanist philosophy. Humanistic Jews practice in personally meaningful ways, consistent with a modern understanding of the world. CHJ offers a Sunday School for children ages kindergarten through Bar/Bat Mitzvah, as well as a dynamic adult education program. A pre-school playgroup provides childcare during adult ed, freeing parents to participate fully in programming.
Humanistic Judaism is the most recent group recognized as a major branch of Judaism by the United Jewish Communities. Our local CHJ Congregation was founded in 1967. Humanistic Judaism is now active in many countries throughout the world. For more information about the Sunday School and CHJ call (203) 226-5451 or visit www.humanisticjews.org.