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Event of the Week: Cantors Spring Concert

By Lance Trebesch June 4, 2013

Temple Concert Celebrates Spring with Jewish Songs and Latin Jazz

Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy live music, and Temple Sinai of Las Vegas knows how to put on a show.

Temple Sinai’s Cantor, Mariana Gindlin, performed with guest cantor Jack Mendelson. The two sang Jewish favorites and Latin Jazz with accompaniment from the temple’s adult and youth choirs.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cantor Gindlin has been working full time in the United States for nine years. She trained at the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary and the National Conservatory of Music, both in her home country. Gindlin also completed the two-year cantorial program at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in New York.

Gindlin served as Cantor, Music Teacher and Choir Director for several prominent Jewish institutions in Buenos Aires, and has taught workshops for the American Conference of Cantors convention in New Orleans, the Coalition for the Advancement in Jewish Education convention, and the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation convention. She currently teaches workshops on Latin American Jewish Music at American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

Along with officiating a Kabbalat Shabbat (a ritual designed to welcome the Jewish day of rest) honoring  Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in 2007, Gindlin has performed throughout the world, including at the Philharmonic Hall of Krakow and in Ariel, Israel. Gindlin also produced her three critically acclaimed CDs of inspirational Jewish music.

Cantor Mendelson hails from Brooklyn and has taught for over 25 years at the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music and the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and has received honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College.

Mendelson performs all over the world and is considered one of the cantorial greats of today. He’s a graduate of the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music and the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School, and has twice served as the president of the Cantors Assembly.

He has made several recordings, including “Jewish Music and More,” “Cantorial Recitatives by Legendary Masters” and “Hazonos,” which was Wired magazine’s 2005 jazz album of the year.

Temple organizers promoted the event with flyers, e-mail blasts and through the temple Facebook page.

Congregation member Ricki Shest Greenspon says the evening was quite memorable. “[My family and I] enjoyed the whole evening. [We] really liked Cantor Mendelson when he did Baboker, [and] loved Cantor Gindlin as she sang My Yiddesha Mama. And the duets were terrific, especially Anything You Can Do. All in all, [it was] a delightful evening.”

Ronen Rahaman, 2nd Vice President of the temple’s executive board, says that the planning of any event will go smoothly if you “start with the end in mind.”