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Soul Food Salon Debuts with a Musical Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen left this world a sadder place in November, when the singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, novelist and ordained Buddhist monk was buried next to his parents and grandparents in Montreal. His funeral, which followed Jewish custom, took place before his death was announced.

A serious poet before he turned to the art of fusing provocative lyrics with poignant melodies, Cohen has mined Judaism to produce the most overtly Jewish songs created by any popular artist: “Who By Fire” and “Hallelujah” chief among them

“He’s the sort of man whose pores absorb the particles of beauty and grace and truth that float weightlessly all around us yet so few of us a note,” his biographer wrote. “He is attuned to the divine, whatever the divine might be, with the unburdened heart of a believer. It’s not for nothing that he referred to himself in song as ‘the little Jew who wrote the Bible.’”

Join us Tuesday, January 31 at the Boulder JCC as we mourn and celebrate the extraordinary Canadian singer-songwriter at the first Soul Food Salon and Café, a new monthly series featuring community entertainment, connection, and celebration. These casual evenings will feature music, poetry, comedy, storytelling, and provocative topics for discussion.

We begin our tribute to Leonard Cohen with a conversation circle facilitated by Kathryn Bernheimer from 5:00-6:30 pm. During this time we will share thoughts about the personal impact Cohen has had on our lives, and examine the themes of his songs – religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, romance, remorse and personal freedom.

The tribute program, hosted by Gregg Eisenberg, begins at 7:00 pm and features music, dance, poetry analysis, speakers and performances. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Click here to register.

Soul Food was the brainchild of R. Josh Rose, former rabbi of Har Hashem, and R. Gavriel Goldfeder, former rabbi of Aish Kodesh, to create a series of Jewish dialogues and events on how/where the soul of Judaism meets present-day culture.

Soul Food Salon and Café continues February 28 with a comedy night, “Follow Your Bris: A Slice of Jewish Humor.”  Please contact Gary Kornfeld for further information or to lend your talent at or (303) 946-7587.


About Kathryn Bernheimer

Director of Menorah: Arts, Culture and Education at the Boulder JCC. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time."

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