Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Friendly, Participatory, Egalitarian Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Musical Act Kol B’Seder to Stage May Concert at Tikvat Israel

The concert artist Kol B’Seder consists of Cantor Jeff Klepper (left) and Rabbi Dan Freelander.

Tikvat Israel will host a concert in the social hall with long-running musical recording artists Kol B’Seder at 7:30  p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The concert, which also will be available via livestreaming, will honor the contributions of synagogue past president Jim Perlmutter.

Kol B’Seder, featuring the singing/songwriting duo of Cantor Jeff Klepper and Rabbi Dan Freelander,has been a mainstay on the American Jewish musical scene for nearly a half century. The group’s concerts draw on their greatest hits, Israeli and traditional music and the beloved songs of Debbie Friedman with whom they performed for about four decades.

Klepper, a cantor, has composed hundreds of Jewish songs, such as “Lo Alecha,” “Modeh Ani” and “Shalom Rav” (co-written with his musical partner). He was ordained at Hebew Union College in 1980. He co-edited the song section in the Reform prayerbook, Mishkan T’filah, and co-founded the annual Hava Nashira song-leader workshop. Klepper is cantor emeritus of Temple Sinai of Sharon, Mass., and he teaches at the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College in Newton, Mass.

Rabbi Freelander recently retired as president of the World Union for Progressive Judaism. He served for 40 years as a senior officer of the Union for Reform Judaism. His career has focused on the evolution of Progressive synagogues with a special emphasis on the central role of Jewish music. He was the founding director of the Commission on Synagogue Music and the annual North American Jewish Choral Festival.

Check out this brief reel on YouTube of their concert past over 50 years

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