Beth Shalom of Whittier
Progressive Conservative Judaism
Hazzan Lance H Tapper
Notes From the Hazzan
This month we will be presenting our annual Kristallnacht remembrance service on Friday night, November 12. Because of our synagogue and my own personal relationship/partnership with the Rabbi/Hazzan/Gabais of the major synagogue in Berlin—Pestalozzistrasse [Pestalozzi Street] (in Europe they name their synagogues after the street or area they are on or in), we have had unprecedented access to their liturgy and music which we present in tribute to their traditions, liturgy, and music at this service of remembrance.
Ty Woodward and I will present this traditional service with German prayers included to give all who come in person and watch online a real feel for this great central European Jewish tradition. As always, I will be speaking about Kristallnacht and how Germany and the rest of Europe now deal with anti-Semitism and hatred as it rears its ugly head again in our time. I will also discuss the Jewish rebirth in European countries where Judaism almost was stamped out in the mid-20th century.
The service will begin with a Lewandowski prelude at 7:25 pm that night followed by the service at 7:30 pm. I know you will want attend in-person if you can or online on our Facebook page. This service is always a highlight in our year!
-Hazzan Lance H. Tapper