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Arts Emanu-El

The Arts Emanu-El committee is dedicated to producing events of excellence in the arts. In the 8 years of its existence, the range of programming includes concerts, art exhibits with resident artists, films and Jewish dancing, all supplemented by thematically linked cuisine. This year, the first of the 2 concerts featured Russian Jewish Art Music in a salon setting, a musicologist's narration and the choir of Hebrew College. The second concert was a tribute to Israel @ 70 featuring an Iraqi-Sephardi band, audience singing, and dancing in the aisles. Movies have included "Hava," followed by Israeli dancing, and "The Return of the Violin," followed by a live performance of the 2nd and 3rd movements of the Brahms Violin Concerto, the concerto which is featured in the film.

Arts Emanu-El also sponsors "Singing the Dream," an annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lay choirs representing churches and synagogues assemble for a community sing-a-long in this cultural event celebrating the power of music and the triumph of the human spirit.

2018-2019 Events






















Body & Soul: An American Bridge
Sunday, October 21 – 3:00 PM    

The film was written in 1929 by Jewish composer, Johnny Green. The film is a cross-cultural bridge between American Jews and African Americans, who made it into a Torch Song. It focuses on the early performance history of this jazz standard that has been recorded more than 3,000 times. It represents a virtual who's who of American performance artists, such as Libby Holman, Sophie Tucker, Fanny Brice, Louis Armstrong, who wore a Jewish star, Benny Goodman along with the Black musician Teddy Wilson on the piano, Tony Bennett and so many others. After the film, Raphael Mayer, a talented jazz pianist, will perform for us. He will play the jazz standard, Body and Soul, as well as other jazz selections by Jewish performers. A not to be missed event by Arts Emanu-El. We hope to see you there!


Bernstein Centennial Birthday Bash Concert 
Sunday, December 16 – 3:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday with a concert featuring KOL AREV, the Chamber Choir of Hebrew College. Repertoire will include West Side Story, On The Town, and Candide.  We will commemorate this great American icon and his music. Refreshments to follow. 


Singing the Dream
Sunday, January 27 – 3:00 PM    


Come sing with the Singing the Dream chorus and Joshua Nelson, the Price of Kosher Gospel in Singing the Dream! Singing the Dream is a unique civic and cultural event that brings together Jewish and non-Jewish singers from all over Rhode Island, for an afternoon of song, community and fellowship, in order to sing out in the name of social justice in honor of Dr. King. All are welcome regardless of singing experience; people from all walks of life, Jew and non-Jew, White, Black, Asian and Latino, come together to celebrate diversity, encouraging inclusion and cultivating human connection. 


93 Queen
Saturday, February 9 – 7:30 PM

Hasidoc woman challenges male establishment and forms the first all-female EMT corps in NYC.
Click here to watch the official movie trailer. 


After Auschwitz   
Saturday, March 9 – 7:30 PM

"You're free. Go home." These are the words that survivors heard at liberation. Liberation from the camps was the beginning of a life long struggle. After Auschwitz is a "Post Holocaust" documentary that captures what it means to survive and try to live a normal life after unspeakable tragedy. A remarkable film. Not to be missed. Speaker and refreshments to follow.



The Ancient Law 
Saturday, April 13 – 7:45 PM

Celebrating its 95th anniversary, The Ancient Law is an important piece of German-Jewish cinematic history, contrasting the closed world of an Eastern European shtetl with the liberal mores of 1860s Vienna. Blending comic and tragic elements, influential filmmaker E. A. Dupont tells the story of the son of a rabbi in Galicia during the 1860s. After participating in his shtetl’s Purim spiel, Baruch catches the acting bug and leaves home against his father’s will to join a traveling theater troupe. Once in Vienna, an Austrian archduchess develops feelings for him and endeavors to turn him into a great classical actor. Three years after its release, The Ancient Law served as an inspiration for The Jazz Singer (1927), one of Hollywood’s first “talkies,” in which a cantor’s son leaves home to sing jazz in the theater.

Two world renowned musicians, Grammy winning klezmer violinist, Alicia Svigals, and pianist Donald Sosin, will play the film's sound track live. 

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Wed, June 19 2019 16 Sivan 5779