SLY AND THE FAMILY STEIN
Beth El–the Heights Synagogue is the cool shul in Cleveland. Beth El recently held a jazz jam night.
Bud Sullivan blew tenor sax in the shul basement. I almost didn’t unpack my clarinet when I heard Bud’s quality licks. I eventually played along to “I Got Rhythm” and read a blog piece.
The rules for the next jazz night at Beth El: no prose or poetry.
I don’t think it was me. A poet read a five-minute screed about Nazi death camps. I — and probably others — hit the scotch schnapps hard after that guy. A comedian followed with Jewish jokes — straight from the Internet — for another five minutes. Deadly.
I’m a member of Park Synagogue, a block from Beth El. Park Synagogue is to Beth El as U. of Michigan is to Oberlin. Beth El is crunchy, cool; Park is the “big tent” champion – filled with thousands of hot, cold and in-between Jews. (I like both shuls.)
At Park Synagogue, I once brought in an Orthodox-style rapper for Purim. The rapper was half Orthodox/half reggae-man. The congregants nearly plotzed: a rap-a-holic in peyes and all- black.
This Purim Yiddishe Cup collaborates with a soul singer. Her name is Tamar. Perfect.
Bring your schnapps. You might need it.
Sly and the Family Stein at Park Synagogue.
Yiddishe Cup plays Purim at Park Synagogue, Cleveland Heights, Sat. (Feb 23). The service is 7:15-7:45 p.m.; the Jewish music is 7:45-8:45 p.m.; the Sly and the Family Stein portion begins around 9 p.m. Free. Open to the public. Wear a 1960s costume if you want.
I wrote “Rust Belt Chic” for today’s CoolCleveland.com.
This video has some chazones (cantoral music) in it.
Is this what a hipster looks like? . . .