Upcoming Events

MLK Shabbat

Friday, January 17, 2020

On Friday evening, January 17, 2020, Temple Israel will hold its annual Martin Luther King Shabbat service.  A special performance of a unique style of music from the Afro-Semitic Experience will preclude the service at 6:45 and the service will begin at 7:15. We encourage everyone to attend the pre-service concert.

Temple’s Shabbat service will be led by both of Temple Israel’s Rabbi Emeriti, Rabbi Jon Adland and Rabbi John Spitzer and music and prayers will be led by the Afro-Semitic Experience throughout. The Temple Israel Martin Luther King Shabbat service is part of the MLK Commission schedule and is the oldest ongoing commemoration of Reverend King in a white community.  Temple has been honoring Rev. King’s memory with a celebration of diversity and of our collective commitment to the values of human and civil rights for over three decades. We encourage the public to join us and to enjoy the special Shabbat Oneg immediately following the service.

The Afro-Semitic Experience

Co-founded by African-American jazz pianist Warren Byrd, and Jewish-American jazz bassist David Chevan in 1998, The Afro-Semitic Experience is a band that combines an eclectic array of styles, sophisticated musicianship, good songwriting, deep grooves, and years of friendship with a simple message: Unity in the Community. With their unique instrumentation, and their ability to get an audience on its feet, The Afro-Semitic Experience is redefining the jazz concert.   This is a band beyond category—their music is an intricate tapestry of spiritual, world-beat, funk, jazz, cantorial, gospel, salsa, swing . . . soul-driven music. Their concerts are celebrations where they play great music, tell stories, and offer a positive and meaningful message. Their CDs have garnered critical acclaim and made numerous best-of lists. Their newest work, Jazz Souls on Fire, pays tribute to some of the Afro-Semitic Experience’s favorite composers, ones whose own creativity inspired that of the members of the group.