"A Broken Hallelujah"
Tribute to Leonard Cohen on the night of broken glass (Kristallnacht)
Sponsored by the Institute for Judaic Studies
and co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Havurah Shalom, Congregation Neveh Shalom, the Jewish Theater Collaborative, and the Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education.
Thursday November 9th, 7:00 PM at Congregation Beth Israel
1972 NW Flanders St
The concert and light reception is open to the public. Suggested donation of $10.
Poet and songwriter, mystic and philosopher, philanderer and fervent Jew: Leonard Cohen remains an enigma one year after his death and so many years after his musings and music shaped the world of folk and rock music. Leonard inspired Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan among many musical and literary luminaries. His compositions, especially "Hallelujah," have become ubiquitous in our culture. Synagogues throughout North America have adapted this song and overlaid Hebrew liturgy to the plaintive melody which had a new life as the theme song for the movie "Shrek." Leonard Cohen's last album deeply explored some of the Jewish themes he had embraced and rejected throughout his life, culminating in the refrain, "Hineini!-Here I am, Lord!"
This concert exploring Cohen's poetry and music will also, appropriately, mark not only his yahrzeit, but also the commemoration of Kristallnacht, the night of shattered glass and shattered Jewish lives. It will come at the end of a three part class taught by Alicia Jo Rabins, offered through the Institute for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by Mittleman Jewish Community Center. Join Ilene Safyan, Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, and special guests Sacha Reich, Wendy Westervelle, Courtney Von Drehle, Ralph Huntley, Andrew Ehrlich, Jamie M. Rae, Ji Tanzer and Ben Sandler for a community gathering of music, poetry, and reflection.