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Unique Japanese Choir to Perform Yiddish and Israeli Songs in Akron

Event Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Schultz Campus for Jewish Life

Published: October 14, 2016 11:01 AM

The Jewish Community Board of Akron is hosting Makhelat Hashachar, a Japanese choir from the Japan Christian Friends of Israel. They will be coming to the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life for a special performance of their unique music on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Also known as Beit Shalom Japan, the group prays daily for peace in Jerusalem, as they believe that peace will not come to the world without peace in Jerusalem. The members are deeply dedicated to Israel and they have been performing there since 1971. Makhelat Hashachar has been visitingJewish communities in the United States since 1987.

Their performance is a mix of Israeli songs, Yiddish songs, liturgy and Japanese folk songs. This unusual combination of songs results in a distinct experience.  Cantor Stephen Stein heard them at a Cantor’s Assembly convention many years ago. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience,” he recalls “Their renditions of familiar songs was incredibly moving.”

Tickets are only $5  in advance and are available online at www.jewishakron.org/japan or by calling (330)869-2424. Tickets will be $8 at the door.

The Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA) is a volunteer association of concerned and committed people that exists for the purpose of preserving, enhancing and perpetuating the Jewish way of life. It is affiliated with the Jewish Federations of North America.

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