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Maoz Tzur Sung in Perth Heard in Keidan

Maoz Tzur Sung in Perth Heard in Keidan

Just think of this – when was the last time Maoz Tzur was heard in Keidan, Lithuania, sung by a Jewish kid? Maybe 75 years ago! When Laima Ardaviciene, the English teacher at Atzalyno Gymnazi…

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Maoz Tzur Sung in Perth Heard in Keidan

Just think of this – when was the last time Maoz Tzur was heard in Keidan, Lithuania, sung by a Jewish kid? Maybe 75 years ago!

When Laima Ardaviciene, the English teacher at Atzalyno Gymnazija in Kedainiai Lithunia, asked whether I could give a talk on Chanukah via Skype to her students,  I would normally have sourced one of the many brilliant articles by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks and shared this with them, speaking from my home.

As I only live a minute’s drive from our CHABAD Shul in Noranda, I came up with the idea of enlisting the assistance of Rabbi Shalom White and doing it at the Shul. I also asked a young and talented friend,  Dylan Kotkis, to join us. Dylan has a friendly and outgoing personality together with a beautiful singing voice. He is a 15 year old student at Carmel School, Perth’s Jewish Day School.

Due to the 7 hour time difference between Perth and Kedainiai, 1pm (7pm here) was the best time for Laima and her students, so we held the meeting in the Shul’s library.  A minyan was taking place in the sanctuary at the same time.

Here are some photos and video clips taken  both from the Kedainiai and from the Perth ends.  I synchronised and edited the videos and combined the footage taken by Laima and myself.

Rabbi White, Dylan and I  spoke about the festival and Dylan took the Lithuanian students on a tour of the shul. Dylan sang Maoz Tzur for them.

Photos taken at Atzalyno Gimnazija

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Photos taken on the Perth side

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Screenshots and photos of  the signs the Lithuanian students presented.

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My bond with Atzalyno Gimnazija, a school in Kedainiai

The Internet by Dylan Kotkis

The Internet by Dylan Kotkis

The Internet by Dylan Kotkis

An original song written about the mental nature of the internet.
Special thanks to: Chris Foster (music teacher), Kieran Kenderessy (sound) and Eli Rabinowitz (video).
We filmed this in Perth yesterday.

 

Watch, listen and enjoy. Brilliant!

Last Week in Perth – a Mixed Bag

A Night at the WA Symphony

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The last movement from Brahms Symphony No 3 – Chicago Symphony

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From the West Australian

Fisch 2

 

Sunday afternoon at the WA Art Gallery

 

The Program

 

From the MOMA Exhibition

 

Aboriginal Art

 

Some Australian Art

 

Farewell to Shmuli Rutman – our chazzan over the Yomtavim, on his way back to Golder’s Green. London.

Listen to Shmuli and Dylan’s duet from the Kedushah