One of the most profound influences on Rabbi Dunner during his formative years was the late singer and scholar, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (1925-1994). Reb Shlomo’s career began in the 1950s, when he released his first album, ‘Haneshama Lach‘, to great acclaim. The following year he released ‘Essa Einai’, and began touring across the world, singing to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences.
Rabbi Carlebach’s unique blend of traditional Ashkenazi Jewish music with modern two-part melodies became very popular, particularly with younger audiences, and during the 1960s and 70s he became an iconic figure for the hippy generation, setting up the ‘House of Love and Prayer‘ in the Haight Ashbury district of San Francisco. In the late 1970s he moved to Israel and set up Moshav Me’or Modiin, a cooperative village for alternative style orthodox Jews.
Rabbi Dunner got to know Rabbi Carlebach in 1987, and they remained in close contact until Reb Shlomo’s sad and untimely death in 1994. During those few years together, Rabbi Dunner organized and sang with Rabbi Carlebach at numerous concerts and events.
This Livestream transglobal concert is a tribute to Rabbi Carlebach 26 years after his passing, on his yahrtzeit, fronted by Rabbi Dunner and Chazan Nati Baram, of Beverly Hills Synagogue, with guest appearances by Reb Shlomo’s daughter, Neshama; Mark Goldenberg; Chazan Marcus Feldman of Sinai Temple; and Rabbi Dunner’s son Eli.
Featuring a wide range of catchy songs and moving liturgical pieces, this online concert showcases the greatest of Rabbi Carlebach’s music, sung by lovers of his melodies, to an online audience spanning the globe.
RECORDED AT YINBH BEVERLY HILLS SYNAGOGUE ON NOVEMBER 1ST 2020. LIVE EVENT AND VIDEO COORDINATED AND PRODUCED BY CARLY EINFELD.