Actors' Temple Sets First 'Broadway Shabbat' for 10/11
The Actors' Temple (Congregation Ezrath Israel) has announced its first "Broadway Shabbat"-a special short service prepared for performing artists that will conclude in time for performers to make their half-hour calls that evening.
The event is billed as, "...a celebration of song, spirit, and Sabbath joy." This new monthly tradition will welcome old and new friends of the temple to experience its rich artistic and Jewish heritage.
The service will begin at 6:00PM on Friday, October 11th, and conclude by 6:45pm. Members of the Broadway community, including Jersey Boys' Russell Fischer, have helped prepare the service and invited their fellow performers. The Actors' Temple has regularly supported performing arts groups like Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS and looks forward to hosting the Broadway community in its house of worship.
Temple has regularly supported performing arts groups like Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS and looks forward to hosting the Broadway community in its house of worship.
"This is a blessed occasion for The Actors' Temple to welcome home the artists who have kept the theatre district such so vibrant a community for us all of these years," says Rabbi Jill Hausman. "The Actor's Temple has always believed 'It's not just for actors, it's for everyone.' I look forward to seeing young performers and their friends discover the warmth and openness of our temple together in this special setting."
Since its foundation in 1917, The Actors' Temple has shared a special relationship with show business. Talent from vaudeville, musical theater, nightclubs, live television and the dramatic stage have made the synagogue a true haven for artists seeking spiritual refuge.
The building contains memorials to superstars of yesteryear including Sophie Tucker, who used to headline an annual benefit for Actors Temple at a Broadway theater, Shelley Winters, two of The Three Stooges, Milton Berle ,Al Jolson, Jack Benny, Joe E. Lewis, and Edward G. Robinson.
Congregants for the special service are also invited to explore the building and invitecolleagues to use the facilities that support the Actors' Temple Theatre. The building has three air-conditioned studios with excellent acoustics available for auditions, rehearsals, performances, classes, seminars, music video & movie production, social events, or readings.
More information is available at: www.TheActorsTemple.org.