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Neshama Carlebach in concert with Reverend Roger Hambrick and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir
Neshama Carlebach speaks with WSKG's Gregory Keeler
Neshama Carlebach in concert with Reverend Roger Hambrick and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir
Neshama Carlebach
Online interview audio now available Temple Beth-El of Ithaca presents
a spirited concert to Build Bridges in the Ithaca Community

Neshama Carlebach with Reverend Roger Hambrick and Members of the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir

Wednesday, March 2, 7:00pm
State Theatre
107 West State Street
Ithaca, NY


On Wednesday, March 2nd, at 7 PM, Neshama Carlebach, Reverend Roger Hambrick and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir will present a spiritual journey of soulful music unifying Jewish tradition and African American song. The concert, produced by Temple Beth El, will take place at the State Theatre. Through a vibrant melding of musical traditions, this celebration aims to build bridges among disparate groups in our community.

Most of the music that Neshama, her band and the choir perform together is the work of her late father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, who was a world-renowned and very prolific singer-songwriter. His deep spirituality and love of all humanity filled every song he wrote and touched every person he encountered as he changed the face of Jewish music. He died suddenly in 1994 and left his daughter to carry on his musical tradition.

Several years ago, Neshama shared the stage with Reverend Hambrick and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir at a Martin Luther King Day celebration at her synagogue in the Bronx. There was an immediate musical attraction which led to their present collaboration and the recording of their CD, Higher and Higher. While touring together, these musicians have dedicated themselves to raising awareness of and support for those suffering the effects of Katrina, and more recently the earthquake in Haiti, and to spreading a message of unity and hope. Their common purpose is to help bridge divisions and inspire people of all backgrounds to work together for healing and transformation in their own communities and in the wider world. To hear their music, go to

Temple Beth-El has partnered with other religious and community organizations to
bring these artists to Ithaca. Tickets are on sale at the State Theatre box office for
$18, but are also available, for a donation of your choice, at several other locations
listed below:

Temple Beth-El Office, 402 N. Tioga Street
Cornell Hillel, Anabel Taylor Hall, G-27
Ithaca College Hillel, Mueller Chapel, 953 Danby Rd.
1st Congregational Church, 309 Highland Rd.
GIAC, 318 N. Albany St.
1st Presbyterian Church, 315 N. Cayuga St.
St. Catherine of Siena, 302 St. Catherine's Circle
St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 402 N. Aurora St.
Baptized Church of Jesus Christ of Apostolic Faith, 412 1st St.
Calvary Baptist Church, 507 N. Albany St.
Diaspora Gallery on The Commons, 215 E. State St.
1st Baptist Church, 309 N. Cayuga St.
St. John's Episcopal Church, 210 N. Cayuga St.
Congregation Tikkun V'Or, 2550 N. Triphammer Rd.
Village at Ithaca, 109 W. Clinton St.

Collaborating Organizations/Institutions:
Temple Beth-El, its Arts Committee, and Sisterhood are joined by the following community institutions and organizations in presenting Neshama Carlebach in Concert with Reverend Roger Hambrick and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir—the Unity Tour:

Area Congregations Together, Inc.
Community Foundation of Tompkins County
Congregation Tikkun V'Or (Ithaca Reform Temple)
Cornell Hillel
First Baptist Church of Ithaca
First Congregational Church of Ithaca, United Church of Christ
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca
Greater Ithaca Activities Center
Hillel at Ithaca College
Ithaca Area United Jewish Community
MLK Community Build
Multicultural Resource Center
Natural Leaders Initiative
Shared Journeys
St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church
St. John's Episcopal Church
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
The Ithaca High School Choir
The Village at Ithaca