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Scarsdale's Westchester Reform Temple Hosts Annual Yiddish Concert

Cantor Jack Mendelson will be performing with his family at the Westchester Reform Temple on April 26.
Cantor Jack Mendelson will be performing with his family at the Westchester Reform Temple on April 26. Photo Credit: Contributed

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- The annual "All in the Yiddish Family" Concert at Westchester Reform Temple will star cantor Jack Mendelson and his family of Hazzanim.

Join for an afternoon of memorable Yiddish songs. Mendelson is joined by his family, cantor Fredda Mendelson; cantorial Soloist Daniel Mendelson; and soon-to-be ordained cantor Amanda Kleinman. Growing up in Brooklyn, Mendelson witnessed the dwindling days of the Golden Age of Hazzanut. Now, as both an international performer and one of the leading cantorial masters of today, he is passing on his art to a new generation of cantors.

For more than 25 years he has taught at the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music, and the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Having recently retired from the full-time pulpit at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, Mendelson has been reaching a broader audience through concerts, scholar-in-residence programs and speaking engagements. Mendelson is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music and the American Opera Center at the Julliard School.

Westchester Reform Temple’s annual celebration of Yiddishkite and Yiddish music is supported in part by the Stephen H. Merkel Fund for Yiddish Music and Culture, honoring the memory of cantor Merkel z’l. The concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26. A suggested contribution of $15 supports continued programs for the community. A wine-and-cheese reception will follow the program. Westchester Reform Temple is at 255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale.

For directions or information, call (914) 723-7727, e-mail office@wrtemple.org or visit the website at www.wrtemple.org . If you would like more information about this program, please contact Joan Frankle at joantabackfrankle@gmail.com or (914) 713-1250.

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