2016-08-17 / Voice at the Shore

Cantors Assembly concert features “Jewish Pavarotti” as well as local cantors

By ELLEN WEISMAN STRENGER
Voice shore editor


CANTOR ALBERTO MIZRAHI CANTOR ALBERTO MIZRAHI Cantor Alberto Mizrahi, nicknamed “the Jewish Pavarotti,” will be a featured performer at the Cantors Assembly concert at Congregation Beth Israel on Sunday, August 28, at 7 p.m. The concert—“ Kolot HaKayitz: Voices of Summer”— will also feature local and regional cantors, who will perform “liturgical and secular Jewish hits in Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino, from classics to our times,” said Beth Israel’s Cantor Larisa Averbakh, who will take part in the concert.

The opportunity to listen to a “choir of cantors” such as this one is rare, said Averbakh, who noted that the Cantors Assembly, which includes cantors from New Jersey and the Delaware Valley, performs every other year at the shore. The opportunity to hear Hazzan Mizrahi perform locally is also rare and special. Mizrahi, a Chicago cantor who is the current president of the Cantors Assembly, has been featured on numerous recordings and often performs on public television during Jewish holidays. “

He really is ‘that cantor,’” said Averbakh.

At Beth Israel, Mizrahi will sing two solos, both Sephardic: “Yom Ze L’Yisrael” and “La Comida La Manana.”

“There will be quite a few noteworthy cantors at the concert, and the list is still growing,” said

Averbakh.

Among those is Hazzan Alisa Pomerantz- Boro from Beth El in Voorhees, the next president of the Cantors Assembly, and Cantor Leon Sher, also of Beth El, who is also a composer whose work will be featured at the concert, said Averbakh.

Locally cantors Jeffrey Myers and Ralph Goren will also take part in the concert, which has typically rotated between Beth El, Beth Judah (now Shirat Hayam) and Beth Israel. Averbakh requested that the concert be held at Beth Israel this year as part of the synagogue’s 125th birthday celebration.

Admission to the concert costs $18 in advance and $25 at the door, with sponsorship and patron opportunities available for an additional cost. Children are free. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, contact Beth Israel at (609) 641- 3600. Congregation Beth Israel is located at 2501 Shore Road in Northfield. s

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