The Temple–Tifereth Israel’s Chai Lifers and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage are joining forces to create an afternoon of music and history celebrating the life of Jewish composer, conductor, musician and humanitarian Leonard Bernstein Nov. 7.

The event kicks off with a docent-led tour of the “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music” exhibit at the Maltz Museum starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by a catered lunch at The Temple atrium at noon and ending with a “Bravo Bernstein” musical concert, featuring Bernstein-composed “West Side Story” performances by Cantor Kathryn Wolfe Sebo, Marshall Griffith, Virginia Crabtree and Kellen Bierly.

“Leonard Bernstein was a genius, but he had a crisis of faith and a lot of it was searching for his Jewish identity and for a belief in God,” said Candy Anker-Roehl, event creator and Chai Life participant. “This event’s purpose is to take pride in the fact that he was Jewish and that his religion was important to him.”

The event also supports the goals of the Chai Lifers, such as the opportunity to create community.

“We like to jump on activities that we enjoy doing together,” Anker-Roehl said. “Having lunch and enjoying the musical program at the same time at The Temple is just a wonderful chance for us to share an activity that everybody will enjoy. You get to be friends with the people that you’re either in a tour group with or you’re sitting with at the table.”

The original registration deadline has passed, but late registration – space permitting – can be made no later than Nov. 3 by calling Anker-Roehl at 216-291-5032.

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