“Jewish Identity on Broadway” is topic of Oct. 8 Gates of Chai event

Judith_ClurmanCantor Bruce Ruben and wife Judith Clurman will be guest artists for a special musical program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the ballroom of Brown-Lupton University Union, 2901 Stadium Drive. They are featured at the 16th annual Gates of Chai Lectureship, sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Brite Divinity School. Their topic is “Jewish Identity on Broadway.”

Tickets are $18 for general admission with valet parking. Students are admitted free. For tickets, go to www.brite.edu or phone ext. 7808.

Ms. Clurman is an Emmy- and Grammy-nominated conductor, educator and choral specialist. She served as director of choral activities at The Juilliard School for 18 years and currently conducted Essential Voices USA collaborates with the Omaha Symphony’s Sacred Voices concerts and enjoys teaching and coaching voice.

Cantor Ruben is the director of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. From 1982-2006 he served as the cantor of Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. For the past three years, he led High Holy Day services at the Beth-El Congregation here.

The Gates of Chai Lectureship is designed to promote informed, dynamic public dialogue and education on issues of relevance to contemporary Judaism. The Lectureship is sponsored through the generosity of Gates of Chai, Inc., in memory of LarryKornbleet and family members of Stanley and Marcia Kornbleet Kurtz who perished in the Holocaust.

Previous Gates of Chai speakers include Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel, legal/political activists Morris Dees and Susan Estrich, Middle Eastern policy expert Dennis Ross and authors Rabbi Harold Kushner, Thomas Cahill, Chaim Potok and Bruce Feiler.