Documentary on the Healing Power of Music

Voices: A Journey Home Plays December 2 at the Arlington

Congregation B’nai B’rith will present a showing of 100 Voices: A Journey Home, a moving documentary about the healing power of music, celebrating song, faith and tradition of Jewish history and culture in Poland. The movie will be shown for one night only at the Arlington Theatre — Thursday, December 2, 2010 — which has been generously donated for this screening by Bruce and David Corwin and the Metropolitan Theatres.

The film begins at 7:30pm. Preferred seating is $18 and general seating is $10 for all adults, children, students & seniors. All tickets are available at the Arlington Box Office and online at Congregation B’nai B’rith or movie Following the film there will be a question and answer period with some of the people involved in creating the film.

An optional fundraiser celebration of Chanukah, including its rituals, foods, art by world-renowned artist, Mordechai Rosenstein, and a mini-concert by Cantor Mark Childs of CBB, Cantor Nate Lam (Stephen S. Wise Temple in L.A.) and featured in the film) and Cantor Yona Kleiger (Temple Emanuel, L.A.), begins this beautiful evening at 6pm for a donation of $75, including preferred seating.

CBB is please to sponsor this event in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, Young Israel, Hillel, Community Shul of Montecito & Santa Barbara, and Westmont College, Music Department

The film documents the 2009 visit to Poland of the largest group of cantors to visit there since World War II. 100 Voices: A Journey Home follows the group of cantors during their emotional journey to the birthplace of cantorial music.

LA Times reviewer, Kevin Thomas: “100 Voices would be glorious simply as a concert film but is immeasurably more. The cantors were on a mission to help the revival of Jewish culture in their ancestral land, in which Jews were all but eradicated in the Holocaust. Most all the cantors the filmmakers focus on are sons of Holocaust survivors, and the film follows them to their families’ towns and cities in which the Jewish presence has been almost if not wholly eradicated.”

The film, directed by Danny Gold and Matthew Asner (Ed Asner’s son), features the personal reflections and musical performances of some of the world’s finest Jewish cantors performing in Warsaw at the National Opera House and at the site of the Warsaw Ghetto during the ceremony to mark the commencement of construction of the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

It is our hope that everyone in Santa Barbara with an interest in music, culture, history, and education will enjoy this unique one night event. It will open your heart and your eyes to beauty and humanity.

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