If you were lucky enough to find the Shed last night (the location of the Beth El Open Mic Night), it was well worth the effort! Over 70 members of the Beth El Men’s Club and Sisterhood, their spouses and guests (and a few children) turned out for some great entertainment! Mike Melinger started off the event with some great blues tunes. Next up were Beth El’s own band members, including Rod and Marilyn Slutzky, Ron and Eileen Goldberg, and Jeff Baden. Their set included some wonderful folk songs, including a rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend,” sung by Rabbi Kurtz. Their finale was an eight-minute rendition of “The Beth El Blues,” written by Ron Goldberg, including a chorus sung by Rabbi Kurtz. The last set of the evening was provided by Mike Ezgur’s band, which played some terrific bluegrass and rock songs. Hazzan Tisser joined the band with the Billy Joel song, “New York State of Mind.” Special thanks go out to Karen Weiss, Jodi Eisenstadt, Sue Cohen, Marc Richards, Matt Pestine, Jamie Glass Pestine, Dan Gross, and Mike Ezgur for arranging all of the food, drinks, entertainment, seating, and fun! Thanks to all who attended and donated a toy for the Chicago Chesed Fund. Y’all come back next year!
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