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Jews, Pews, and Blues

Learn how Synagogue influences helped create the American Songbook. Why is it that the Cantor in Synagogue can bring out the emotion of prayer for us? Learn the exciting and very musical stories of how the earliest songwriters used the education they had growing up singing with their Cantorial fathers to move this same emotion to American popular songs. We will sing together as we travel the path from the Russian Shtetl to the Broadway stage. The similarity of sound is obvious and you will never sing in Shul again without new pride that “Shul is Cool.”

Date: Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 pm
Location: Legacy Midtown Park, 8240 Manderville Ln, Dallas, TX 75231
Cost: $18
Instructor: Mark Kreditor


Mark Kreditor:

Mark Kreditor is the grandson of a cantorial student from Ukraine and sang in Synagogue, leading services since he was 8 years old. As a student in Boston, he played piano 5 nights a week in sing-along bars and pubs, where he began to correlate the biographical connections of the Jewish songwriters, their religious upbringing, and the melodic flavors of their songs. While building a residential property management company in Dallas, he also taught music history and lectured around the country about the Jewish songwriters that built the American Songbook. He has spoken annually at The Highland Park Methodist Church in the Rejebian lecture series and at many other churches and Synagogues in the Metroplex. As a songwriter, his original compositions have been featured at area religious day schools and nationally at real estate conferences. He lives in Preston Hollow with his wife Carol, a former executive at Trammell Crow Company. Mark is a past VP of the J Board and is a much-beloved faculty member in The Gesher Program at the Aaron Family JCC in Dallas, dynamic, engaging, and life-changing Jewish learning opportunities at the J! Gesher courses are developed by the Dallas area Rabbis and Educators for JCC Dallas.

He is a past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas.