If our future is anything like our history, I am sure that the next 50 years will give us ample opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of Stephen S. Wise Temple.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 27, 2013
On December 4, Stephen S. Wise Temple launches its 50th anniversary celebration with a Jubilee Kickoff Concert. This concert celebrates the musical legacy of Stephen S. Wise Temple by featuring its very own Cantor Nathan Lam, who is a world-renowned voice teacher to celebrities and Jewish professionals alike, along with nationally-renowned cantors, musicians, and composers who began their musical careers at Stephen S. Wise Temple, singing Jewish and pop music.
Over its nearly 50-year history, Stephen S. Wise Temple has established itself as a pioneer in the world of Jewish music under the leadership of Cantor Nathan Lam. The synagogue has commissioned composers to write music for its own liturgy, as well as obtained many classics from 16th century Italy and throughout the Jewish world to this very day. Stephen S. Wise’s unique musical history also includes a significant number of cantors, rabbis, and rabbi/cantors who have been raised and/or trained by the Temple, including Rabbi/Cantor Alison Wissot (Temple Judea – Tarzana, CA), Cantor Linda Kates (Leo Baeck – Los Angeles, CA), Cantor Jennifer Frost (B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim – Deerfield, IL), Cantor Ilene Keys (Temple Sinai – Oakland, CA), Cantor Marcus Feldman (Sinai Temple – Los Angeles, CA), the first Persian-ordained Cantor in the U.S., Tannoz Bahremand, among many others. Additionally, countless others have been inspired by Stephen S. Wise Temple and Cantor Nathan Lam to pursue a career as a musician or composer with much success.
The Jubilee Kickoff Concert celebrates 50 years of the Stephen S. Wise Temple community and those that helped create its rich, musical legacy. Also, according to Cantor Lam, “the celebration of 50 years is really an invitation to shape the next 50 years and create a meaningful legacy for those who come after us.” Cantor Lam adds, “if our future is anything like our history, I am sure that the next 50 years will give us ample opportunity to celebrate the many accomplishments of Stephen S. Wise Temple and be ever grateful for this awesome place and for our musical legacy that will continue to grow.”
Stephen S. Wise Temple is anticipating a full house that evening, and invites all members of the community to attend.
Stephen S. Wise Temple was started in 1964 and throughout 2013-14 is celebrating its Jubilee year. Stephen S. Wise Temple’s vision is to create a vibrant spiritual community of learners who have a strong connection to Israel and Jews worldwide and a commitment to social justice.