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Hazak: Hokhmah/Wisdom, Ziknah/Maturity and Kadimah/Looking Ahead.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Lunch and a Musical Program

Bringing Musical Light into the Darkest Nights of the Year

Cantor Alane S. Katzew
Claire Lee, piano

Cantor Alane S. Katzew

Cantor Alane S. Katzew will be the featured performer at Northern Hills Synagogue's monthly HaZaK luncheon on Wednesday, December 18. Her program, "Bringing Musical Light into the Darkest Nights of the Year," will include popular, Hanukkah, and other Jewish-themed songs – mostly in English. Since the Winter Solstice is December 21, the title is especially befitting.

Participants are in for a treat. Cantor Katzew's voice is beautiful and her performances engage the audience and make for a lively program. Using music to uplift and bring light into people's lives has certainly been part of her mission. She will be accompanied on the piano by Claire Lee.

The program begins with lunch at noon and is followed by the performance. Bobbi Handwerger, co-chair of Northern Hills Synagogue HaZaK, said, "The lunch and program are free and open to the public. However, donations are appreciated and reservations are required." Please call the Northern Hills Synagogue office to make your reservation.

Cantor Alane S. Katzew is the Director of Pastoral at Cedar Village Care and Community. She said, "My objective is to serve as a vessel for holding and supporting the life journeys of other human beings through chaplaincy and spiritual guidance."

In this capacity, she serves as the spiritual leader of the Abrahamson-Goldman Temple, as well as a Board Certified Chaplain to all residents of Cedar Village. Alane is a mentor to Hebrew Union College Rabbinic students who serve Cedar Village, learning about pastoral care, through its Jewish Foundation Fellowship program.

The Music and Memory program which she introduced at Cedar Village in 2015 serves as a nexus of music and elder care for Cantor Katzew. By creating personalized mini-iPods for residents with memory loss, this spiritual/emotional health tool makes it possible to reach the emotional center of patients who suffer from dementia and restore memories that are otherwise lost.

Ordained at the Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute for Religion, New York in 1981, Cantor Katzew has been a pioneer among women cantors. The first female to serve as cantor in the State of Israel and on the faculty at the Jerusalem campus of HUC, she has witnessed first-hand the historic transformation of modern Judaism during her nearly four decades as a cantor. During her career, Cantor Katzew has proudly introduced seniors, adults and young people to Jewish sacred music, as part of her lifelong commitment to Judaism, community service and social justice.

Claire Lee is a graduate of University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music with a Master of Music degree in Piano Accompanying. She is a free-lance accompanist and entertainer and accompanies the Broadway series of student concerts at Hebrew Union College, where for many years she was the organist. Claire plays flute in the UC Community Summer Band and the New Horizons Band, and keyboards for the New Horizons Dixieland Band and the Queen City Klezmorim. At Northern Hills Synagogue she directs the High Holiday choir and is a member of the Kabbalat Shabbat instrumental ensemble.

HaZaK which stands for Hokma (wisdom), Zikna (maturity), and Kadima (forward) provides monthly programs for people 55+ from September through June at Northern Hills Synagogue. It is an accessible facility.

For more information or to make reservations, call the office at (513) 938-6038 or email


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