Tikvat Israel Congregation Rockville MD

A Friendly, Participatory and Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, Maryland

High-Energy Pey Dalid Dazzels Shul Audience

Jim Perlmutter, who chaired the concert planning, counters dance moves by Pey Dalid’s Mordechai Walker. (Photo by Larry M. Levine)

The Walker brothers trio, performing as a rockin’ band known as Pey Dalid, delivered a high-energy, 12-song set at the synagogue’s annual social hall concert on Sunday, April 7.

Arranged by Cantor Rochelle Helzner with concert planning facilitated by chair James Perlmutter, the band from New York City mixed a number of its original creations with the band’s own take on some familiar pop tunes during the 90-minute show, performed without intermission.

One of their most spirited and longest-running numbers, “I Believe in Miracles,” included snippets of the refrain from the Beatles’s “Hey Jude” and the reggae beat of Bob Marley’s composition “Stir It Up.” The band also performed “Let It Be” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Backed by a single keyboardist, Pey Dalid easily transferred its positive vibes to the audience, coaxing the cantor and her sister Robin Helzner to form a dance line with dozens of concert goers that weaved in and around the aisles of the hall. 

A reception for sponsors was held immediately after the concert.

(Photos by Larry M. Levine)