Caulfield Shule is all set to embark on a three-month project titled “Season of Song @ Caulfield Shule – Celebrating Israel’s 75th Year”. This initiative will feature a series of key milestone events, celebrating the rich heritage and accomplishments of the State of Israel as well as the High Holy Days.
The first event of the campaign is the gala concert on Sunday, August 20, one month before Rosh Hashanah. The concert promises an evening with international singers and an 18-piece orchestra, all converging to commemorate Israel’s 75th anniversary.
The line-up includes New York-based Jewish singers Shulem Lemmer and Nissim Saal, along with local talent Shimon and Dov Farkas, accompanied by New York-based maestro Rafi Graydi conducting the orchestra.
Chazan at Caulfield Shule Dov Farkas told The AJN that they wanted to bring in “world-class leading Jewish entertainers and that’s what we have Shulem Lemmer and Nissim Saal, and in the conductor who’s coming from New York as well”.
“We can blend the international superstars together with some local talent here in Australia with my dad and myself.”
The gala concert will also be held in Sydney with the same line-up three days prior to the concert in Melbourne.
For the High Holy Days, Caulfield Shule will host Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services featuring Kolot Min Hashamayim, a choir all the way from Israel.
It marks the 12th year that the shule has invited the choir to be a part of its High Holy Day celebrations.
Beyond the High Holy Day services, the campaign aims to engage the wider Jewish community with a variety of events and collaborations. Some of the planned activities include a pre-Rosh Hashanah family Friday night communal Shabbat dinner, a choral musical selichot open to all, and a community event called “Shofar in the Park”.
The shule will also partner with UIA for a “Friday night fever” event – an Israeli-themed Friday night service and kiddush.
Catering to the youth, a music and social event for youth is scheduled for Succot, featuring a havdalah and kumzitz evening.
The grand finale of the “Season of Song” project will be a Koolulam style/communal sing-along event open to the wider Jewish community on Sunday, November 26.
Caulfield Shule’s Rabbi Daniel Rabin said, “I am immensely proud and truly elated that we’re hosting the ‘Season of Song @ Caulfield Shule – Celebrating Israel’s 75th Year.’”
“This carefully crafted joyous three-month celebration, filled with captivating music and heartwarming collaborations, aims to unite our beloved community in harmony and support for Israel during this significant milestone,” Rabbi Rabin said.
“I encourage you to join us as we come together, bridging gaps and creating cherished memories through the power of song, reinforcing our profound connection with Israel and each other. I cannot wait to share this extraordinary experience with the community.”