Times of Israel: At a New York Synagogue, a Remarkable Israeli Civil Rights Tribute

Gospel music typically has more to do with Israelites than Israelis, but that changed Friday during Shabbat services at one of New York City’s oldest synagogues.

With the start of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend, Congregation Rodeph Sholom paid tribute to the civil rights leader by hosting the US premiere of the Israeli Gospel Choir, an unlikely ensemble devoted to the traditionally Christian genre.

The Shabbat service marked a gratifying milestone for choir founders Iris and Ofer Portugaly, a married couple who met while studying jazz — another largely African-American art form — at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

See video below.  Continue reading at the Times of Israel.

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