Many styles of music will mix at benefit evening


Israeli music, pop rock, a cappella, Broadway show tunes and a cantoral rendition of Gershwin are not often mixed, but will be at To Israel With Love, an evening of eclectic music sponsored by the Conservative synagogues of St. Louis with proceeds going to the Jewish Federation Israel Emergency Fund.

“We just thought this was a great idea, and it was such a good cause,” said Suzanne Broddon, one of the organizers of the event. “We thought this would be a great opportunity for congregations to work together across lines, and do music across lines.”

Broddon said the organizers have gathered talent from all different areas and people from across the community “and we are hoping to gather an audience from across the community to come out and enjoy an evening of all different types of music.”

“We can be raising money for the Federation’s Israel Emergency Fund, we can be doing something with all of the congregations working together, and we can put together a great concert.”

Rick Kodner, who is also organizing the event, gave credit for the idea to Rabbi James Stone Goodman and said the hope is to make it into an ongoing program put on by Congregation B’nai Amoona, Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel, and Shaare Zedek Synagogue for different charities each year.

“What we hope to achieve is a very elegant evening where we are going to have a very nice dessert buffet reception after,” Kodner said. “Our goal is to fill the place so we can raise $8,000 to $10,000 for the Federation to give to the Israel Emergency Fund.

“When you put on an event like this all by volunteers, people just come out of the woodwork,” he said.

Kodner said one person even donated $1,000 for any expenses incurred so no money will come out of the funds going to the Emergency Fund.

The event, which will take place at BSKI at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, will feature Broddon, Goodman, Rabbi Mordecai Miller, Phyllis Hyken, Washington University’s a cappella choir STAAM, the St. Louis Circle of Jewish Music, the Solomon Schechter Day School Chorus Makeala, Rabbi Mark Fasman, Alice Fasman, and the JCC teen choir directed by Cantor Adina Frydman.

Tickets for “To Israel With Love” are $20 each and are available at B’nai Amoona, BSKI, and Shaare Zedek.

Keren Douek is an assistant editor and can be reached at [email protected]