WEST HOLLYWOOD: Cantor Juval Porat is the first, and so far the only, cantor ordained in Germany since the Holocaust. He was hired by LGBT (and friends) temple Beit Chaim Chadashim (BCC) in West Hollywood back in 2010, and last week he opened up a new campaign, his first ever, raising money for a new professionally recorded CD compilation of Jewish Music in a contemporary vibe.
According to Porat’s campaign page, which already passed the $1000 donation mark on the day it opened, the new Jewish CD is made not only for BCC members, but is made to perpetuate the music that was created in the congregation as a part of the Jewish traditional music evolution. It’s going to be “… Both liturgical music by the likes of Steven Richards, Samuel Namburk and many many more, Jewish pop music as well as some original compositions, all compiled together in an album, to showcase music that has been performed and has been making an impact at BCC over the years.”
Founded in 1972 as the world’s first lesbian and gay synagogue, in 2012 BCC celebrates its 40th anniversary, as an inclusive community of progressive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual Jews, our families and friends.