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for services and suggested that the
four work together.
Since taking the rabbi's suggestion,
Schmaltz has moved on to many addi-
tional venues, from the Jewish senior
apartments in West Bloomfield to a
church in Detroit, where the band
performed with the Metropolitan
Detroit Area Fellowship Gospel
Choir. They also get private bookings
at weddings and b'nai mitzvah,

chmaltz will have a little dif-
ferent flavor when it's served
up before Selichot services 9
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at
Congregation Shaarey Zedek West
Bloomfield, B'nai Israel Center.
That's because the four-member
klezmer band will have a substitute
player just for that
evening. Rick May
on trumpet and
vocals, Shel
Belenson on clar-
inet and sax and
Kevin Resnick on
drums will be
joined by Marty
Liebman, who'll
fill in for the
group's regular
keyboardist, Gary
Rimar.
"We'll be doing
a free, one-hour
concert, mixing
klezmer with
Yiddish and
Sephardic songs,"
says May, 59, a
Madison Heights
special education
teacher who also
has performed at
private parties
with other groups.
"We researched
Schmaltz's Sol Belenson on clarinet and Rick May on
the way klezmer
trumpet: "We've become very close friends since our early
sounded when it
planning,"
says May.
was first played,
and we try to
adding standards, jazz and rock 'n' roll
bring that to our performances. Our
to their party programs.
music has a rough edge to make it
"A group of rabbis and ministers
very authentic, and we like to get peo-
had
gone to Africa and wanted to get
ple up and dancing."
their congregations working together,"
Schmaltz, in concert to get listeners
May explains about the church
in the mood for the High Holidays,
engagement. "Our regular perform-
took its name to capture the rich feel
ances for the diverse membership at
of its ethnic sounds. It was formed
Shir Tikvah come at musical Shabbats
two years ago at Congregation Shir
once a month."
Tikvah in Troy by Rabbi Arnie
May, a former member of Temple
Sleutelberg, who wanted more music

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