World-renowned cantor and storyteller Jack Mendelson has a lot of anecdotes about his childhood and teenage years that will delight, touch, teach and inspire. He will share these stories in his one-man show, The Cantor’s Couch, 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25 at Adath Jeshurun Congregation, 10500 Hillside Ln. W., Minnetonka.
The show will be presented by Adath’s TAMID committee.
Mendelson will also be the TAMID artist in residence at Adath. He will lead services with Adath’s Cantor Scott Buckner 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23 and again during Shabbat morning services on Oct. 24.
Mendelson’s show is a journey through his real life growing up in the 1950s in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The son of a loving deli owner and an overbearing mother, Cantor Mendelson paints a picture of a bygone day in Jewish America when Jews would flock to synagogue to hear the golden voices of cantors as if it were a concert hall.
Cantor Mendelson is also the subject of the documentary film A Cantor’s Tale, and is featured in the documentary films 100 Voices, Journey of Spirit, the film on the life of Debbie Friedman, and Deli Man.
Cantor Mendelson is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music and the American Opera Center at the Juilliard School. In January 2006, he sang the memorial prayer at the United Nations General Assembly, on the occasion of the first International Day to Commemorate Victims of the Holocaust.
Tickets for the Sunday night show are $18, or $10 for students. Reserved and premier tickets are also available. For tickets and information, visit: www.adathjeshurun.org/cantor.
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