Cantor Kevin Wartell to appear at TC concert
By: Babs Putzel
| Cantor Kevin Wartell
“Joyous, Jazzy and Jewish: Cantor Kevin Wartell in Concert” will be held on Sunday, April 18, at 7 pm at Temple Concord, 9 Riverside Dr., Binghamton.
Cantor of Temple Beth El, a Conservative congregation, in Allentown, PA, Wartell will entertain with Broadway tunes, Yiddish melodies and Jewish contemporary and Israeli songs.
The concert will celebrate Temple Concord’s 60th anniversary, with proceeds to benefit the temple. The public is invited to attend. Wartell is the husband of Temple Concord Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell.
There will be a reception at 6 pm preceding the concert, and a private post-concert gala with desserts by “The Phantom Chef,” Michele Bank.
Reservations must be made by Wednesday, April 14, by calling Temple Concord at 723-7355. Payment constitutes reservations.
Concert admission will cost $18 per person or $10 for students. The concert with the reception will cost $36 per person. The concert, reception and the private post-concert reception will cost $118 for two people.
Wartell, a native of Detroit, graduated from the University of Michigan and was ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has served Temple Beth El for 22 years. He is the founding chairman of Project Yachad, the Lehigh Valley Coalition for Jewish Education.
A Lehigh Valley, PA, radio personality, Wartell hosts “Kol HaEmek – the Voice of the Valley,” a radio program.
In May, Wartell will receive an honorary degree, doctor of sacred music, from his alma mater, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is also an honorary alumnus of “Motown University” having performed with his friends, the “Four Tops,” on the occasion of his 10th anniversary at Temple Beth El in 1997. He also produced and performed on his initial CD, “L’chu N’rannah,” with Rabbi Moshe Re’em.
Wartell, an active member of his community, serves as a police chaplain for the city of Allentown. He is a board member of the Jewish Federation of Lehigh Valley, the Allentown Jewish Community Center and the Lehigh Valley Jewish Clergy group.
He is a member of the Cantors Assembly, the American Conference of Cantors, the Jewish Educators Assembly and the National Association of Temple Educators.