Chabad to stage May 29 women’s concert at CMU

Chabad to stage May 29 women’s concert at CMU

The musical and artistic talents of Pittsburgh’s Jewish women will be celebrated Wednesday, May 29, at a communitywide event for women hosted by Chabad of Pittsburgh.

The concert, which will be held at Carnegie Mellon University’s Kresge Theatre, will feature the music of Janice Coppola, Laura Daniels, Julie Harris, Sherry Kloss and Myrna Kloss Backal, Luz Manriquez Meyer, Gilah Moritz, Jennifer Poller, Sara Stock Mayo and the a capella ensemble Kol Shira.

“The concert will be a lineup of singers and musicians interspersed with short words of wisdom that relate to the music,” said Chani Altein, organizer of the event.

The program, titled “Words of Wisdom,” will be delivered by an assembly of women from varied backgrounds and different ages, Altein said, including Meryl Ainsman, Destin Groff, Danielle Krajnec, Judy Robinson, Rochel Tombosky and Ali Tuchman.

The women will speak from their own personal experiences, said Altein. Groff, a senior in high school, will talk about the transformative experience of a physical setback, and Robinson, a poet, will read an original poem about the Jewish people’s knack for survival.

The evening will begin with wine, cheese, and chocolate, and the works of local Jewish women artists will be projected on a screen during the concert, Altein said.

This is the second year that Altein has organized this event, which she calls “The Sound of Jewish Music.”

“The concert is meant to bring women from all over the community together,” she said. “It all started with my passion wanting to make an event that would cross the borders and break the barriers. Music is a good way to start.”

(Toby Tabachnick can be reached at

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The Sound of Jewish Music

Wednesday, May 29, 7:15 p.m.

Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts, CMU

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