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Celebrated Klezmer performers join local musicians for an evening of Jewish-themed music

The public is invited to “Klezmer and More,” a live concert featuring a variety of Jewish-themed musical selections, on Saturday, June 20, at 8 PM, at Temple B’nai Israel in Kalamazoo.  

Featured artists are Larry and Linda Maxey—Linda on piano and Larry on clarinet—who are returning to Kalamazoo with their novel interpretation of klezmer, an energetic traditional Jewish folk music.

Joining the Maxeys for this evening of Jewish-themed music will be Barry Ross, retired assistant conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony and retired professor of music at Kalamazoo College; Carl Ratner, professor of voice at WMU’s School of Music and director of operatic productions throughout the country; Phyllis Rappeport, concert pianist and professor emeritus of music at WMU; and cellist Warren Fletcher Oja, a graduate student at WMU’s School of Music.  The musical lineup also includes John Griffin (piano), Jacqueline Hanson (viola), Cullen O'Neil (cello), Minwoo Park (piano), Katelin Spencer (soprano), Joanna Steinhauser (violin), and Jesse Williams (clarinet).

The program includes works by Prokofiev, Laitman, Ravel, Bernstein, Copland, Bock/Harnick, as well as various klezmer selections.  This concert is part of Temple B’nai Israel’s 2014-15 Arts & Lecture Series.

Ticket prices: $18 for members of TBI, $25 for non-members, $5 for students.  Families and seniors may pay as they are able.  Advance tickets may be purchased with a credit card online or by phone through Brown Paper Tickets:


You may also call Brown Paper Tickets’ 24/7 Ticket Hotline at 1.800-838-3006.  Brown Paper Tickets charges a small percentage of the ticket price as a service fee.

Tickets may be available at the door if space allows.  Seating is general admission; doors open at 7:30 PM.

With questions, contact Temple B’nai Israel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (269) 342-9170, ext. 105.

Temple B’nai Israel, Greater Kalamazoo’s spiritual home for Reform Judaism, is an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming community.  We are an engaging place for worship, lifelong learning, celebration, and gathering.



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Temple B'nai Israel will be a home for the practice of Reform Judaism in Kalamazoo, foster the connection with the Divine for members of the community, introduce our children to Judaism and provide a forum for lifelong study of Torah.

Our website tells you a little about us. But only by worshiping with us, learning with us and sharing Shabbat with us, will you get to know the real Temple B'nai Israel. We are known for the warmth of our members and our clergy. People feel a part of our family as soon as they meet us.

We’re glad you’ve stopped by, and we invite you to visit us in person soon. You’ll find us to be a diverse, caring, active Jewish community. Temple B'nai Israel welcomes people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, national origins, religious or ethnic backgrounds. Jews by birth, Jews by choice, and non-Jews wishing to explore Judaism are welcome at all services and programs

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Shabbat Services


On the first, third, fourth, and fifth Fridays of each month, Shabbat services will begin at 7:00 p.m.  All services are led by our religious leader, Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh.


On the second Friday of each month, Shabbat services begin at 6:00 p.m.  These services are led by Rabbi Matthew Zerwekh and are followed by a community potluck meal open to all (October through May).  During the summer months (June through September), services are followed by a shared meal at a local restaurant.


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