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Artist in Residence brings stories and music to Schaarai Zedek

Rabbi Noam Katz music reflects experiences in Uganda. Rabbi Noam Katz music reflects experiences in Uganda. Rabbi Noam Katz, considered one of the most exciting and influential voices in contemporary Jewish music, will bring his high-energy and soulful melodies to Congregation Schaarai Zedek April 6-8.

As the temple’s artist-in-residence, he will sing at Shabbat services, hold a Torah study, coffeehouse style concert and be featured at a Yom HaShoah commemoration.

A longtime song leader and educator, Rabbi Katz has performed for Jewish and interfaith audiences across North America, Africa and Israel including at Union of Reform Judaism conventions, countless summer camps and congregations. He currently serves as the Rabbi/ Dean of Jewish Living at the Leo Baeck Day School in Toronto, Ontario.

The rabbi traveled to Uganda in late 2003 to meet and teach the African Jews, or Abayudaya, he met there. Influenced by his experiences and their culture, his journey is reflected in the sound and spirit of his music. As an Educator in Residence, he was there to welcome two members of the Abayudaya community to Camp Coleman years later.

Rabbi Katz’s debut album includes

12 original melodies ideal for Shabbat and Havdalah services. His second album, Mirembe, Salaam V’Shalom, features musicians from Africa and the Middle East, and includes his Ugandan-inspired “Am Yisrael Chai.” His third release, A Drum in Hand, blends Jewish prayers with the energy of a drum circle. His newest album, After the Flood, includes 14 new songs that focus on resilience and remembrance.

On Friday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m., the rabbi will be joined by the Scharaai Zedek’s Koleinu Choir to sing a unique Shabbat service. Saturday morning at 9 a.m., Rabbi Katz will hold a Torah study class.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, the Sisterhood and Brotherhood will sponsor an informal “coffee house concert.” Specialty coffees plus wine, beer, cheese and dessert will be available. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is required.

On Sunday, April 8 at 2 p.m., Rabbi Katz will sing songs of resilience and renewal during this year’s Holocaust Remembrance program.

Congregation Schaarai Zedek is located at 3303 W. Swann Ave., Tampa. For more information, call the temple office at (813) 876- 2377.

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