Federation’s Jewish Heritage Night at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, Aug. 20, is an ideal opportunity to celebrate Jewish music, kosher food and great Phillies baseball with family and friends. From pre-game through the final inning, this third annual community celebration will be an all-star event.
As fans enter the park, they will be treated to performances by Klez with Class, a five-piece group of professional klezmer and jazz musicians. Cantor David Green of Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen will be the lead vocalist for the group, which performs in concert and at numerous Jewish lifecycle events throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.
The group’s musical director is Mark Sobol, who trained at top conservatories in his native Odessa, Ukraine. He immigrated to the United States in 1989 and began performing as a jazz musician. He has appeared at numerous music festivals and at such venues as the Kimmel Center and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His recording of “Over the Rainbow” on YouTube has been listened to by tens of thousands of people around the world.
Thirty members of Nashirah, the only auditioned, community-based chorale in the Greater Philadelphia area that performs Jewish and Jewish-themed music, will thrill the crowd with a stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The group is entering its 10th year under the direction of artistic director Jonathan Coopersmith. Coopersmith is the chair of Musical Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and has been the associate conductor for The Philadelphia Singers since 2002 and a guest chorus director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet.
Federation President Sherrie Savett will throw out the first pitch before the start of the 7:05 p.m. matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Colorado Rockies. Kosher food will be available for purchase throughout the game at a special kiosk located by the third-base gate. There will be special surprises between innings. Who knows when and where the famed Phillie Phanatic may make his appearance?
Federation has reserved a block of tickets in the terrace level at a special price of just $26 per person. A portion of every ticket sold through this special offer will benefit Federation-funded programs and services here in Greater Philadelphia, in Israel and in the former Soviet Union.
Individuals or groups who order now through July 31 will receive a voucher for a bright red MLB-sanctioned Phillies yarmulke specially created for Jewish Heritage Night. Supplies are limited so don’t delay. Order online at: www.jewishphilly.org .
Individuals, synagogue groups or other organizations may also order tickets by calling Matt Kessler, manager of Premium Sales and Services for the Phillies, at 215-463-5000, Ext. 5663. Groups of 25 or more will see their name in lights on the auxiliary message boards during the game.
See you Tuesday, Aug. 20, for a great night at the ballpark!