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Arts Emanu-El


Two EXciting Events:

1. Breakfast with Maude - May 3, 2015


Petit-déjeuner avecMaud!  French Breakfast with Maud!Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 10 am in the Meeting House, Temple Emanu-El, Providence.  


Join us for the 3rd event in Arts Emanu-El’s timely four-part series on A Tangled Legacy: The Jews of France. Arrive at 10 am for a delicious, catered French breakfast buffet, then hear to Dr. Maud S. Mandel, Dean of the College and Professor of History and Judaic Studies at Brown University, discuss Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict. Dean Mandel, an internationally recognized scholar on relations between Muslim and Jews in France, will take us to the docks of Marseilles in the 1940’s, the streets of Paris in the 1960’s, and to local suburbs and neighborhoods of Paris from the 1970’s, onwards, to help us understand, “The complex evolution of Muslims’ and Jews’ relationships to the French state and to each other.” 

  • Tickets for “Breakfast with Maud” on May 3, 2015 at 10 am:   Early registration: April 12 thru April 28: $10. Just-in-time & at the door: April 29 thru May 3: $15.


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Exciting Concert - Open to the Community:

A Tangled Legacy: 1000 Years of French Jewry in Words and Music

All musical genres—religious, classical, jazz, cabaret and North African


The music and history of the Jews of France from the time of Rashi to today will be featured in a major concert on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at 7 pm, Temple Emanu-El, Providence. The concert features stories, scenes and music from French historical eras, starting with examples from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, through the centuries to today, performed by outstanding instrumental soloists, guest vocal soloists and choir. Each era will be put in its historical and Jewish context through an original script. 


The program begins with a scene of young men huddled around a Talmud volume, chanting in the style of Rashi’s time. Next, a trio of young women from the teen choir Kol Kesem Hazamir, portray Rashi’s daughters—who were said to have studied Torah—singing a traditional version of Adon Olam. Then a harpsichord and recorder accompany scenes and songs of French Renaissance Jewry. When the concert reaches the French Revolution, instrumentalists play La Marseillaise but the choir sings the Hebrew words to Eil Adon and the audience is invited to sing, too. For the Classical, Romantic and modern eras, the music is varied but familiar:  Shabbat melodies by Samuel Naumberg we still sing to day, Jacques Offenbach’s Can Can, Kurt Weill’s cabaret song Je ne t’aime pas, and Darius Milhaud’s jazzy Caramel Mou. As the narrative reaches the decades of North African French Jew’s repatriation to France, the program features the toe tapping melodies of their Shabbat service. 

Tickets for A Tangled Legacy: 1000 Years of French Jewry in Words and Music on May 17, 2015 at 7 pm: TICKET PRICING: IN ADVANCE $50, $36, $15. AT THE DOOR: $55, $40, $20.

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