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December 26, 2003 - Image 54

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-12-26

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Downtown Serenade

A bit of Broadway on Chanukah.



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Clockwise from upper left: Dr. Martin Herman, first vice president
of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, greets member Bernie
Labowitch of Detroit. Neil Barris of Walled Lake, cantorial soloist
at the Detroit synagogue, hits a high note. Eight-year-old Josh Kahn
and his dad, Barry, of Farmington Hills, make Chanukah art
projects. Dothntown Synagogue President Dr. Ellen Kahn ofWest
Bloomfield takes a turn entertaining.

hen cantorial soloist Neil
Barris of Walled Lake sings
at the Isaac Agree
Downtown Synagogue, it's usually on
the bimah.
But the evening of Dec. 13, Barris,
who studies cantorial singing with
Downtown Synagogue Cantor Usher
Adler, set aside his liturgical style for
the songs of Gilbert and Sullivan,
Rodgers and Hammerstein and
Johnny Mathis.
The occasion was the Detroit syna-
gogue's annual Chanukah party, held
this year the week before the holiday.
After a short board meeting, conduct-
ed by synagogue president Dr. Ellen
Kahn of West Bloomfield, about 70
members enjoyed food, crafts, song
and dance.
Trader Joe's of Farmington Hills
donated latkes for the event.
"They must have been having a
good time," said Dr. Martin Herman
of Detroit, the synagogue's first vice
president. "We left at 11 p.m., and
they were still dancing. ❑
— Diana Lieberman, staff writer


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