Stars In The Dust
Kristallnacht the Night of Broken Glass. It was November, 1938 - seventy-five years ago. The trust and faith of the Jews of Germany that they were citizens like any others was finally and fully shattered along with the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings, homes, and synagogues. 91 Jews were killed in those attacks. 30,000 Jews were arrested and sent to concentration camps. 1,000 synagogues burned. The world was shocked at this first glimpse of the death and destruction to come. The Times wrote, "No foreign propagandist bent upon blackening Germany before the world could outdo the tale of burnings and beatings, of blackguardly assaults on defenseless and innocent people, which disgraced that country yesterday." But the shock of the world did nothing to stop what was coming. 6 million Jews perished during those years 78% of the Jewish population of Europe. 1.5 million children. It began that night the night of broken glass. The night of broken hearts.
How can we commemorate such a tragedy on this, its 75th anniversary? People have been trying to process these events through poetry, prayers, and song since it happened, but only music can truly express what the heart knows.
On November 17th at 3pm, Temple Beth Torah, in partnership with the Holocaust Museum and Study Center, will present Stars in the Dust, a chamber cantata composed by Samuel Adler. This glorious music will be performed by The SUNY New Paltz choir and a chamber orchestra. I will be joined by Cantor Dan Pincus and Cantor Guy Bonne as soloists, and the work will be narrated by Elliott Forrest of WQXR. Samuel Adler, the award-winning composer, will join us for the performance. Come join with us as we remember and memorialize all those who perished on that terrible day.
Tickets are available in advance and at the door. Call the Temple office for more information on ticketing or visit the event website http://www.templebethtorah.org/starsinthedust.
Temple Beth Torah (View)
330 North Highland Ave (9W)
Upper Nyack, NY 10960
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