Music of the Ghetto

For this year's enhanced musical Shabbat Shira service, Cantor Eyal Bitton will be highlighting the music that emerged from the ghettos as this week also marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau (January 27, 1945).…

B'nai Brith Sports Celebrity Dinner

Reprising last year's role, I'll be delivering the benediction at this year's B'nai Brith Hamilton Sports Celebrity Dinner on Monday, January 26, 2015. What an honour to be seated at the same table as such legends as Devon White, MLB All-Star…

Raoul Wallenberg Day

Cantor Eyal Bitton sings Macht Tzu Di Eygelech with Michele Tredger on Raoul Wallenberg Day – International Holocaust Memorial Day. Sunday, January 18 @ 7:30pm Beth Jacob Synagogue Hamilton Spectator    

Big Deal!

Big deal! Last Sunday, November 16, I sang the American and Canadian anthems at the FirstOntario Centre for the Hamilton Bulldogs vs Rochester Americans game. Big deal, right? After all, I've sung in public many times. Singing in front of…

A Moral Lesson from World Cup Diving

This has been an electrifying World Cup. We've seen teams that weren't supposed to win rise above all expectations. We've seen teams that were supposed to do well collapse (Spain and Brazil come to mind). We've seen individuals shine like the…

Shabbat Shira Rehearsal

This coming Sunday, January 12, I'll be joining three of my colleagues for a delightful concert at Beth Emeth in Toronto. If the rehearsals are any indication, it's going to be amazing. The rehearsal last night featured the four of us along…

The Same Music in Every Synagogue?

There are plenty of people who think that every synagogue should have the same music. That way, they would feel at home wherever they find themselves. I get it. While part of me wants that as well, ultimately, I disagree with that point of…