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Cantor's Concert

Sunday, May 16, 2021 5 Sivan 5781

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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Watch the concert via Zoom:

A Singing and Swinging Celebration of Summer 
by Hazzan Michael Krausman

A Singing and Swinging Celebration of Summer is the title of Beth El Synagogues annual Cantor’s Concert to support the Seth Rich Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund. The show is scheduled to be live-streamed at 4:00 pm, Sunday, May 16. This year, our concert will dovetail into the festival of Shavuot –  a culmination of the process that begins with rejoicing in physical freedom characterized by Pesach and concludes with a celebration of spiritual freedom associated with our reception of the Torah on Shavuot. For us in 2021, this has extraordinary significance as we begin to celebrate the prospect of freedom from the restrictions and devastation of the pandemic, and look toward the pending return to normal life.

Our featured guest star is Hazzan Joanna Dulkin, one of the leading voices on the American Jewish music scene. In addition to being a highly accomplished and beloved cantor, Dulkin is also an accomplished guitarist, a published writer and an award-winning composer.

Hazzan Dulkin’s magnificent, sweet, melodic voice has delighted audiences around the globe. Her versatile repertoire includes community singing, Broadway, pop and folk as well as Israeli music and traditional Hazzanut. Dulkin has a warm, engaging personality towards which people of all ages gravitate. She has served as a Rosh (head) Music for Camp Ramah and is extremely involved in the Ramah Movement. Hazzan Dulkin has also been on the faculty of the song leader boot camp. She is currently the international vice president of the Cantors Assembly and serves as the Hazzan of Adath Jeshurun in Minnesota.

Our annual Cantor’s Concerts have a two-part goal: to provide an unforgettable, meaningful, and delightful Jewish musical experience to the Omaha community and to raise monies for the Seth Rich Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund. Seth Rich was part of our Beth El family. He attended Camp Ramah in Wisconsin for six years, participated in the Ramah Seminar in Israel and served as a staff member in Wisconsin for two years. Seth also attended Camp Sabra for one year. He was an outstanding example of how attending Jewish summer can benefit the individual and our communities – both Jewish and secular.

It is therefore is our mission to provide a substantial summer program subsidy to each and every young member of the Beth El community regardless of need or background. Not only are summer experiences vital for the development of a strong Jewish identity, but they are fertile ground for the growth and nurturing of tomorrow’s leaders. It is not an exaggeration to say that a contribution to this fund is an investment in the future of the Jewish community. Another outstanding feature of our summer experience scholarships is that we ask recipients to pay their grants forward by volunteering at Beth El. The majority of these outstanding young people accomplish this by teaching the youngest of our students in our BESTT religious school or by leading youth synagogue services; in essence, they share the joy of Judaism that they gain at camp or in Israel with their younger peers and siblings.

For the past several years our indefatigable concert chairs have been Bruce and Pam Friedlander and Joel and Mary Rich. When asked why these selfless people dedicate so much time and effort to this cause Joel Rich replied:

“Mary and I have been able to see how Jewish Summer Camps can be a difference in how young adults become involved in the Jewish community. It is essential for the future of Judaism that our young people have the opportunity to attend Jewish summer camps and experience living in an environment where they can see the values that will be important for their lives. Helping to make sure Beth El's kids can take part in Jewish Summer camps and Israel trips allows us to help the future of Judaism will be maintained. “

Bruce Friedlander said, “Knowing how camp affects people’s lives has taught me how important it is for our kids to be in a special place that enables them to celebrate life and to live in a nurturing community in a Jewish setting. This is foundational to Jewish life. Those of us who can support kids going to camp, to be in that environment, will have a great privilege of seeing these youngsters develop into people we can all be proud of.”

The need for Jewish summer experience scholarships is ever increasing as more and more of our families seek to take advantage of this invaluable opportunity to provide an extremely positive, nurturing Jewish environment for their children. This year more than ever, many have been financially impacted by the pandemic and need help making this dream of a summer of freedom a reality. Your support would be a wonderful investment in the future growth and leadership of our community!

Rabbi Steven Abraham, Spiritual Leader of Beth El Synagogue observed, "I’m incredibly thankful to Hazzan Krausman and the concert committee for all the work they do to put on our annual cantors concert. Jewish summer camp benefits our students, their families, Beth El and the entire Omaha Jewish community. We are extremely lucky to be able to provide these funds to further our students Jewish identity."

Although there will be no charge to view the concert online, a variety of giving levels have been established on our website: Those who support this most worthy cause will be listed in the virtual program accompanying the show as well as in print in a future edition of the KOL – our synagogue newsletter.

Make sure to attend A Singing and Swinging Celebration of Summer.  You will be treated to an enchanting afternoon of uplifting, festive Jewish music that will give pleasure to your ears, joy to your heart and delight to your soul.

Click here to check out Hazzan Dulkin's music.


This concert benefits the Seth Rich Memorial Camp Scholarship Fund.

Names of supporters at the Counselor level and above will be acknowledged in the program for donations received by Wednesday, April 28. Donors at the Counselor level will also be listed in an upcoming issue of the Kol.

Sponsorships & Registration
  • Camp Director - $10,000
  • Assistant Camp Director - $7,500
  • Camp Chef - $5,000
  • Program Director - $2,500
  • Ruach Leader - $1,800
  • Arts Director - $1,000
  • Waterfront Director - $500
  • Song Leader - $360
  • Sports Director - $180
  • Counselor - $100 
  • Counselor-in-Training - $50 
  • Camper - $18 
All donations are tax deductible.

For donation amounts not listed above
i.e. Mr. & Mrs. John Smith, or John and Susie Smith

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