Shir Magic Event Pays Tribute to Rabbi Brieger

On Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m., Temple Emanuel will host the second annual musical celebration ‘Shir Magic,’ to honor the memory of their late Rabbi Emeritus, Jerry Brieger. The celebration features Jewish musician Alan Goodis and will conclude with a reception presented by Temple Emanuel’s famous bakers.

Goodis will also be Temple Emanuel’s musician-in-residence for the weekend. He will lead Friday night and Shabbat morning services with Rabbi Michael Farbman, and on Sunday morning, he will teach Sunday school students music, songs and inspiration, and together, they will perform a short concert for the school and parents.

‘Shir Magic’ pays tribute to Rabbi Brieger’s Hebrew name, “Shir,” which means song and ‘Magic’ for the magic tricks he loved to do for children. Known for playing his guitar from the pulpit, Rabbi Brieger served Temple Emanuel from 1977 until 2008, when he had to step down for medical reasons. He was also a faculty member at Makom Hebrew High School. Rabbi Brieger served as both the chairperson and a member of the Greater New Haven Board of Rabbis, and as the president and a board member of Jewish Family Service of New Haven.

When Rabbi Brieger died last August at the age of 71, the congregation could think of no better way to honor his memory than through music, said Rabbi Michael Farbman, Temple Emanuel’s current rabbi. Farbman said the synagogue plans to make the concert an annual event. Legendary group Kol B’Seder performed at the inaugural program last year.

Goodis, this year’s featured entertainer, has performed at temples, youth conventions and Jewish summer camps throughout the United States. Goodis served as musical director for the North American Federation of Temple Youth International Convention and on faculty for Hava Nashira. In 2011, he developed Nashir: an NFTY Teen Songleading Institute in partnership with the URJ.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online or at the door. They are $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under, and $40 for families (maximum of two adults and unlimited children).

For more information, go to, or call (203) 397-3000. Temple Emanuel is located at 150 Derby Ave. in Orange.


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