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Rabbi David Baron, of Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre, will welcome Jonathan Morales, a hero of the Poway Chabad Synagogue shooting and violinist Vijay Gutpa as special guests during Yom Kippur Eve (Kol Nidre) services on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Gutpa, formerly of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will play one of the “Violins of Hope” (instruments taken from Jewish musicians by the Nazis during World War II) in observance of the upcoming 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkeanu and other Holocaust concentration camps. Additional guests include Holocaust survivor Suzanne M. Reyto, chair of the Violins of Hope Los Angeles; cellist Michael Fitzpatrick, whose grandfather Bronislaw Huberman was a legendary violin virtuoso and founder of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; and Lana Melman, CEO of Liberate Art Inc., an organization combating boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns against Israel.
On Yom Kippur, Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m., Baron will welcome Dr. Judea Pearl, father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who will speak about the death of his son and a global music day in his son’s memory. The services continue on Oct. 9 with a Yizkor Memorial Service for the departed at 12:30 p.m., followed by a screening of the film “The War Against Free Speech” from 2 to 5 p.m.
“All of my guests have incredible personal stories of transforming tragedy in their lives into meaning,” Baron said. “Each of their stories exemplify the fragility of life and the strength of the human spirit which has been carried out in their respective lives through their acts of courageous deeds and humane kindness, all while bringing awareness and shedding light on subjects which need to be discussed globally. These are all inspirational and motivational messages we can learn from.”
The Yom Kippur services on Oct. 8-9 will feature Broadway performers Ilysia J. Pierce and Jordan Bennett as cantors, along with the temple’s choir comprised of singers from the Los Angeles Opera and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The temple’s Music Director Sharon Farber will lead the musical presentation.
The Saban Theatre is located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd., in Beverly Hills. High Holy Day Tickets start at $400. For information, call (323)658-9100, or visit bhtota.org.
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