BAJC to hold services, concert dedicated to tragedy in Pittsburgh

BRATTLEBORO — In the aftermath of the Oct. 27 murders at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community is blessed this week with the presence of a great Jewish teacher and fighter for social justice - Cantor Linda Hirschhorn.

Cantor Kate Judd announced that the BAJC is dedicating this week's Friday night Shabbat service and Saturday night concert with Hirschhorn to the memory of those who have died.

“It will be a time for us to gather in solidarity, cry together, sing together, pray together, and support each other,” Judd said in a news release.

Both the Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m., and the concert on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m., will take place at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in West Brattleboro. There is a suggested donation on Saturday of $18 (representing the word chai, meaning “life”).

Funds raised from the concert will go to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and to Tree of Life Synagogue.

Hirschhorn is a cantor, spiritual leader, singer, composer, teacher, and conductor whose music has been published in major Jewish and folk anthologies, is performed by professional and amateur groups around the world, and has been used in video, radio documentaries, and dance scores.

An intergenerational, interfaith community choir that has spent this week learning Hirschhorn's songs will sing at the Friday service and the concert on Saturday.

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