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Temple B’nai Israel to host organ concert

The Organ Historical Society and the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life proudly present a concert of organ music at Temple B’nai Israel on Saturday, March 21, at 4 p.m.

We’re “pulling out all the stops” (to use an organ-based expression) for this one-day-only performance featuring organists from Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville and First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge. The concert will feature the synagogue’s historic organ and celebrate the congregation’s ecumenical and interfaith legacy.

Members of the Organ Historical Society, who have served as the organ’s caretakers for many years, will be in Natchez to perform regular maintenance on the instrument and perform the first organ concert in the space in several years.

The 119 year-old organ is original to the building, and its prominence in the synagogue’s historic sanctuary represents the importance of music in the Reform Jewish tradition.

The 1901 organ is in good shape, though it is unrestored, and we look forward to inviting music lovers from across Natchez to Temple B’nai Israel to hear it ring out in the historic sanctuary. Expect both classical and contemporary tunes, celebrating the organ’s storied past as well as its bright future.

This concert is a part of the temple’s ongoing programming series, which supports the restoration of the building and its rehabilitation into a community gathering space, event venue, and museum.

Tickets are just $10 (available online and at the door), and all proceeds benefit the Temple B’nai Israel Restoration and Preservation Fund. Learn more and purchase tickets in advance at www.natcheztemple.org/organ. For more information, contact Nora Katz at nkatz@isjl.org or 601.362.6357.

Nora Katz is the director of heritage and interpretation at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life and co-chair of the Temple B’nai Israel Board of Overseers.