In 2020 we will be continuing our explorations of the outstanding Jewish contribution to the world of popular music.
In recent years, Rabbi James Baaden has led courses at Sha’arei Tsedek which have focused on musicals, singer-songwriters, crooners and divas – and in February attention will shift to Jewish musical partnerships.
A new timetable comes into effect as well: sessions will be monthly – every “Third Thursday” at 3.00 pm. The slightly later start-time means that you can attend our popular Tai Chi class beforehand, ensuring a whole afternoon of serenity and enjoyment.
As before, the sessions will continue to feature a lively interactive combination of learning, listening, watching, and discussing.
Thursday 20 February, 3.00 pm
Lerner & Loewe
Legendary pairing of lyricist and composer who created several the of the greatest musicals – e.g. My Fair Lady.
Thursday 19 March, 3.00 pm
Simon & Garfunkel
Two Jewish boys from New York who hit the big time in the late 1960s with a series of songs that continue to be heard everywhere.
Thursday 16 April, 3.00 pm
Weil & Mann
Our one married couple in this series, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann had a string of hits in the 1960s covered by a variety of well-known singers.
Thursday 21 May, 3.00 pm
Rodgers & Hart
The same Rodgers as in Rodgers & Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers earlier in his career collaborated with Lorenz Hart in writing a number a classic songs associated above all with the city of New York and the voice of Ella Fitzgerald.
Thursday 18 June, 3.00 pm
Bacharach & David
Burt Bacharach and Hal David, another great composer/lyricist duo, wrote a number of the greatest songs of the 60s, covered by a variety of singers to this day.
Thursday 9 July, 3.00 pm
Comden & Green
A partnership which lasted six decades and spanned a continent, Betty Comden and Arthur Green were the creative geniuses behind a remarkable series of successful Hollywood films and Broadway shows.