30th Anniversary Celebration - Shabbat Afternoon-Evening Dinner, Study & Song

“A Blessing Over the Whole Land” – Study, song, dinner, Havdalah, & more song with Eleanor Epstein, Choral Conductor and Master Teacher

For BAS Members Only

Registration requested.

The waning hours of Shabbat are a special time in Jewish tradition. The mood is bittersweet and is reflected in the songs we traditionally sing on late Shabbat afternoon into Havdalah. We are sorry to bid farewell to this time of peacefulness, rest and renewal and head back into our hectic, busy lives. On the other hand, a reluctance to let Shabbat go gives way to a determination to bring the peace of Shabbat into our weekday lives - both personally and communally.

Eleanor Epstein will lead us in a musical exploration of these songs of longing, hope and redemption, as our community comes together to share the final meal of this special Shabbat.

Eleanor Epstein, a lifelong student of Jewish music and text, grew up in a family steeped in Jewish learning and song – the heart of her work today. Known for inspiring singers to connect deeply to both music and text, Eleanor works internationally as a guest conductor and artist-in-residence. She has collaborated and consulted with congregations, cantors and choirs, including The North American Jewish Choral Festival, Hebrew Union College, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the Music Educators National Conference and the Soldiers’ Chorus of the United States Army.

As artistic director and conductor of Zemer Chai, Eleanor creates an atmosphere where singers are encouraged to integrate their individual experiences with an emotional and intellectual understanding of the text and the melody, providing a special dimension to the choir’s music-making. Her passion for preserving and transmitting Jewish music inspires both her singers and her audiences and she is committed to the belief that music is a powerful force for building understanding.

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