Singing for Happy Holidays, Bringing Park Slope Together
Initially created as a way to bring healing after 9/11, founder and producer Ethan Schlesser continues to organize the annual Jingle Bell Jamboree with the support of the Park Slope Community and beyond. The musical extravaganza will feature performances from a variety of performing ensembles including: The MS 51 Show Choir, The Mark Morris Dance Group’s Student Company, Purelements: An Evolution in Dance – Jr. Company, & The Brooklyn Community Chorus. In addition, Schlesser and Rev. Daniel Meeter (of Old First Reformed Church) host a festive sing-a-long throughout the show. And who’d want to miss the traditional Grande Finale: The 12 Days of Christmas being performed by the entire audience!
For the past few years, Old First Church offered the use of their sanctuary for Beth Elohim’s High Holy Day services due to construction in their facility. Beth Elohim was equally welcoming when approached about moving the annual celebration to their space due to similar construction issues at Old First. Rev. Meeter remarks, “Two congregations of different religions sharing a common love of God and a single spirit of hospitality, enveloping each other and extending it to the community as a whole. Your ‘house’ is my ‘house’. Almost makes you want to believe in organized religion.” Added Rabbi Andy Bachman of Beth Elohim, “The Children of Abraham believe in the commandment of hospitality, friendship and love. These moments strengthen our community and we are delighted and honored to be there for Old First just as they were there for us.”
The event is co-sponsored by the Park Slope Civic Council, Park Slope Parents, Old First Reformed Church, and of course Congregation Beth Elohim. For the performance, there is a $10 suggested donation. 100% of the proceeds go towards expenses and to the non-profit arts organizations participating in the concert that provide services to our community. Schlesser, who donates all his time and energy adds, “The Jamboree lives on! Take a break from the holiday stress and come to the big show at Beth Elohim. It’s a great way to be a part of the festive spirit!”
The 13th annual Jingle Bell Jamboree will take place on Saturday, Dec 14th, 7pm
Congregation Beth Elohim is located at 8th Ave and Garfield Pl. in Park Slope.
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For more information please contact: Ethan Schlesser: firstname.lastname@example.org