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June 19. 2013 9:23PM

Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation’s 93rd season has something for everyone

BETHLEHEM — Bethlehem Hebrew Congregation’s 93rd season is filled with religious services, films of Jewish interest, education for all ages and guest presenters.

The Cultural Series @ The Colonial Thursday series include “Cabaret-Berlin” at 7:30 p.m., July 11, and “My Sweet Canary” at 7:30 p.m., Aug. 29. The final film in the series, “Mahjong and Chicken Feet,” is at 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27.

A live performance by the Orchid Ensemble is on 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Colonial.

The ensemble presents Lan Tung on the erhu/Chinese violin, Yu-Chen on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard on percussion.

As the musicians blend ancient musical instrument sounds and traditions from China and beyond, they create beautiful new sounds in a variety of musical styles. Their repertoire includes traditional and contemporary music of China, world music, new music, jazz, and creative improvisation.

The Colonial Theatre is located at 2050 Main St.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or at www.bethlehemcolonial.org/.

Ellen Fisch, longtime Bethlehem summer resident, returns Aug. 3 to present a new photography exhibit featuring architectural details of both the BHC Synagogue and Bethlehem’s Durrell Methodist Church.

Fisch said that she has developed a new art form for this exhibit by subtly enhancing the photographs with traditional fine art media: pencil, pastel, and 24K gold leaf. Time and place details will be announced on the BHC website: www.bethlehemsynagogue.org.

In July and August, Shabbat services are held Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings, usually 9:30. The first Shabbat service, July 6, is a family Shabbat service and begins at 10 a.m.

On July 13, Hazzan Marlena Fuerstman will lead a coffee cake discussion following a shortened service. Fuerstman will also offer classes in Hebrew and on the prophets. Days and times will be set when participants sign up.

Geoffrey Brahmer returns to BHC on Friday, Aug. 9 to present findings of his latest Holocaust research: “Hartheim Castle: A Holocaust Journey.” Brahmer’s presentation includes images, history, and narratives of events in Austria’s Hartheim Castle, one of the Nazi euthanasia centers for the mentally and physically disabled.

This presentation is open to the community and admission is free.

The Beit Sefer for students 5 to teenager reconvenes in August to welcome students for another six-week learning series. Bar/bat mitzvah training is offered upon request.

BHC also plans a complete schedule of High Holy Day services from Selichot (Saturday, Aug. 31) through Simchat Torah (Friday, Sept. 27).

Visitors to North Country are always welcome to participate in any or all BHC’s religious services, programs, and events at our historic synagogue, 39 Strawberry Hill.


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