Beth El, Fairfield, Connecticut – Residency

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in News, Susan at work, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Beth El, Fairfield, Connecticut – Residency

I’ll be welcomed to Fairfield, Connecticut’s Congregation Beth El from April 24 – 26, 2015 for an arts residency designed to engage all ages and interests within the community!  There will be lots of singing, of course!  The weekend will include a lecture, several song presentations and a congregational sing-along, work with the Hebrew School, a talk after morning minyan on Sunday, and a full concert with the fabulous Lauren Brody on accordion, piano, and vocals.  (I’m especially looking forward to some traditional singing around the dinner tables as we welcome shabbes in style!)  I plan to set up a full art exhibit of over 30 framed pieces to hang for the entire residency, and following Saturday night’s concert, there will be a reception and meet-and-greet around the...

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3rd Annual Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Concert

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in News, Susan at work, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

3rd Annual Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Concert

The Judson Church off Washington Square was packed with 400 people on December 30, 2014, to honor the memory and brilliance of Adrienne Cooper, and to award Michael Wex with this year’s Dreaming in Yiddish prize.  Above is an image of the finale of the musical performance of the Kanonen song from Brecht and Weill’s Threepenny Opera, translated from the German into Yiddish by Wex himself.  An all-star band backed us as we belted out the Army Song and others, accompanied by the brilliant puppetry and staging of Great Small Works and Power Point translations which made the text a little less inscrutable!  What a night!  Singers above include Sarah Gordon, Eleanor Reissa, Tine Kindermann, Dan Kahn, myself, and...

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Susan in Solo Concert at Penn State

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in News, Susan at work, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

Susan in Solo Concert at Penn State

Performing is a joy.  Simply that.  Here I am in a hall full of people at Penn State University Library in the middle of a vibrant give-and-take lecture/recital.  I would love to slip into your community at any time and bring the wonders of Yiddish Alive with me!

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Susan’s Sea of Art Glass

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in News, Susan at work | 0 comments

Susan’s Sea of Art Glass

4oo pieces of art glass hand cut, ground, washed, and then laid out in a pattern for two walls backing a Torah ark!  Here’s a glimpse of the scale of the work! And a peek at the absolute beauty of the glass just before its...

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Poring over Shop Drawings!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in News, Susan at work, Visual Art | 0 comments

Poring over Shop Drawings!

  A few months before this photo was taken, I never would have imagined myself at home in a woodworker’s shop studying architect’s drawings!  But here I am, poring over Steve Spector’s plans for the ark wall about to rise in a new synagogue as I calculate the amount of art glass I’d be cutting and grinding.  Back in junior high school, when my friend Eve Sandberg petitioned all the way to the superintendent of schools to be permitted to take wood shop (and failed!) neither of us could have imagined this.  What a life! (photo by Michael Green)    ...

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At work on a Torah Mantle

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in News, Susan at work | 0 comments

At work on a Torah Mantle

Mmmm… luscious colors and textures!  Silks, Czech beads, and fabulous ideas gleaned from the questionnaire I sent to Hillel members at Goucher College and the two full time staff members all come together here as I piece together a Torah mantle for the organization’s first Torah of its very own.  What an honor – and what a delight!...

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