On Friday, September 16, 2016 Rabbi Steve Blane, Founder of Sim Shalom online synagogue, and Dean of JSLI, Jewish Spiritual Leader’s Institute, brought his love of jazz and Judaism together at the Rockleigh, NJ Jewish Home. Joined by New York bass player Kevin Hailey they performed Rabbi Blane’s original songs as well as Jazz Standards and traditional Jewish prayers for the residents.
As soon as Rockleigh Jewish Home Sunni Herman, Exec VP, encountered Rabbi Blane she decided to bring him to share his musicality at the Jewish Home. “Rabbi Blane has a style that is contagious and brings smiles to those he meets.” And smile they did when Blane sat at the piano and crooned “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon.” “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler on the Roof is a standard at Sim Shalom Kabbalat Shabbat services and his original song, “Youth is Wasted on the Young.” brought knowing looks from the seniors.
The jazz and Judaism combination is not new for Blane. On Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur 5777 he will lead services with a jazz quartet at the iconic Bitter End in New York City.
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