LA’s LGBT Synagogue Celebrates

Los Angeles’ LGBT synagogue Beth Chayim Chadashim marks 45 years of existence this weekend with a special concert honoring six local Jewish musicians and celebrating contemporary Jewish music.

“Musical Culture Award” honorees in concert (from left): Tamara Kline, Phranc, Jeanelle LaMance, Cantor Juval Porat, Cantorial Emerita Fran Chalin and Cantor Don Croll

Celebrate BCC’s 45 years with a special musical concert. Featuring singer/actor/dancer Cantor Don Kroll, folksinger Phranc, screen composer Tamara Kline, director of the “Singing for Peace Yiddish Chorus” Cantorial Soloist Fran Chalin, the first ordained cantor from Germany (post WWII) Cantor Juval Porat, and pianist for “The Gay Gezunt Band” & “The Zingen far Sholem Choir” Jeanelle LaMance. + Many Musicians! MC is actor and screenwriter Adam Kulbersh.

During the week, the congregation’s website interviewed some of the honorees, asking them about coming out and their LGBT American hero.

“One comes out almost on a daily basis, I find,” said Israel-born Cantor Juval Porat. “I first came out to my close friends in 8th grade, if I remember correctly. Every coming out experience drew me closer to the level of integrity I aspire to.” read the full interview with Juval

Cantor Don Croll talked about meeting his husband at BCC. “The first time I met Jan was at a BCC board meeting,” Don recalls. “He was on the board at the time and I was invited to the August board meeting and…there he was!” read the full interview

Pianist Jeanelle LaMance picked Ellen DeGeneres as her American hero, “because she is proudly living her life as a lesbian.” Read the full interview

BCC@45 – Sunday, March 26, 12:30pm at Saban Theater, Beverly Hills. $65 General / $100 VIP at the door.