On Friday, Sept. 9, the Dallas Street Choir — composed of Dallas residents who are homeless, living in shelters and on city streets — is coming to Shearith Israel. The choir will join Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker, the Shearith Israel choirs and a band in leading the Kabbalat Shabbat service using Motown tunes. During Shabbat dinner after services, Dallas Street Choir Director and Founder Jonathan Palant, formerly artistic director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, and former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller will conduct a question-and-answer session between choir members and congregants.
“We are so thrilled that our member Laura Miller has helped us initiate a powerful new social action movement within Shearith Israel,” says Rabbi Adam Roffman. “Her dedication to tikkun olam is so genuine that she inspires everyone else to take action. As soon as Laura emailed our community about her plan for a Social Action Shabbat dinner with the Dallas Street Choir, sponsorships came pouring in.”
Shearith members are sponsoring the event, during which Dallas Street Choir members will be treated to Shabbat dinner, a night in a hotel and breakfast Shabbat morning. Proceeds from the dinner, which is open to the community, will be donated to help the choir cover its operational expenses, including the its most ambitious concert ever at Carnegie Hall in New York on June 14, 2017.
The entire Dallas community is invited to Shearith Israel for this important Shabbat to offer support to the homeless in our city. Kabbalat Shabbat services begin at 6 p.m. in the Aaron Family Main Sanctuary at Congregation Shearith Israel, 9401 Douglas Ave. There is no cost to attend the Motown Shabbat service, but reservations and advance payment are required for the Social Action Shabbat Dinner.
The cost for dinner is $13 per adult, $9 per child, and there is a $36 family maximum. For more information or to make Shabbat dinner reservations, please visit www.shearith.org or call 214-361-6606.
— Submitted by Judith Tashbook-Safern