"From Darkness to Light": A Musical Journey from the Holocaust to the Homeland

In commemoration of Yom HaShoah, Temple Beth El of Boca Raton will present “From Darkness to Light: A Musical Journey from the Holocaust to the Homeland,” which will showcase Yiddish melodies, Broadway favorites and Israeli pop hits. This poignant concert will feature world acclaimed performer, Cantor David Krohn, as well as Beth El’s Cantor Lori Shapiro and Cantorial Soloist, Michelle Auslander Cohen. Additionally the Boca Raton, Miami, Orlando and New York chapters of the Jewish youth choir, HaZamir, will participate in this poignant musical performance, being held on Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 pm at the east Boca Raton Temple Beth El Schaefer Family Campus.


According to Cantor Lori Shapiro, “Our vision for this concert is of a musical March of the Living. Jewish history will be traced through Yiddish music of eastern Europe to the diaspora, beginning with Jewish-American music of Broadway and the American Songbook and ending in the Holy Land with popular Israeli hits.”


Cantor David KrohnComing from a Rabbinic home, Cantor Krohn trained in the eastern European tradition of cantorial music. In addition to leading high holy day services for many years, in 2005 he began a series of successful Yiddish and Hebrew concerts; continuing his father’s legacy by exposing traditional Jewish music to audiences nationwide.


HaZamir is an international Jewish teen choir that engages hundreds of Jewish teens via local chapters, who meet weekly to rehearse high-level Jewish contemporary and classic choral music and create a pluralistic peer community. Cantorial Soloist, Michelle Auslander Cohen, conductor of the Boca Raton chapter, is delighted that the talented teens from the Miami, Orlando and New York chapters of HaZamir will be joining in on this special performance to enrich the concert.



Throughout Cantor Krohn’s career singing opera and classical music around the world, nothing has brought him more joy than performing the music of his ancestors for an audience that truly appreciates sharing it with him. "I am thrilled to participate in this concert featuring treasured gems from our musical heritage.”


All are welcome and encouraged to attend this most meaningful and highly anticipated performance. Reserved Benefactor Seating$100/General Admission $18/Preferred Admission $36/Student Admission $10. Order tickets online at tbeboca.org/special-events. For more information call 561-391-8900 or visit tbeboca.org.


About Cantor David Krohn:
Praised by Opera News as “a clear stand-out, possessing a forceful and well-developed voice,”
Cantor David Krohn currently serves as Director of Development with Houston Grand Opera and Cantor-in-Residence for Congregation Brith Shalom. His diverse repertoire spans the Baroque cantatas of Handel and musical theatre to Billy Joel, but the closest music to his heart comes from the Yiddish and Jewish tradition. He has performed as a lyric baritone with various opera companies and symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Canadian National Orchestra, Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera and in concerts from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Europe. Cantor Krohn holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Peabody Conservatory and two Master’s Degrees, one from the Julliard School of Music and the other in Business Administration from the University of Houston, Bauer College of Business.


About Cantor Lori Shapiro:

Cantor Lori Shapiro is a graduate of the Cantorial Certification Program at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.  She is a member of the American Conference of Cantors and has led services at their national convention.  Cantor Shapiro has also presented on Visual Tefilah at the Union for Reform Judaism’s biennial convention, and has served on the faculty of URJ Kutz Teen Leadership Camp and URJ Camp Coleman. She is passionate about vibrant and spiritual Jewish music and has worked to transform Temple Beth El’s music program and worship, creating Shir Ruach, Beth El’s teen song-leaders program, a new curriculum for the religious school’s Kehilah worship workshop, and is the force behind innovative Shabbat experiences like “Chanukah Under the Stars.” Prior to her work at Temple Beth El, she enjoyed a successful career in theater, film and commercials and is a member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actors Guild.


 About Cantorial Soloist Michelle Auslander Cohen :

 Michelle Auslander Cohen’s youthful pursuit of both piano and singing led her to an operatic career where she attended prestigious vocal programs at the Peabody Conservatory, Indiana University and the Sarasota and Cincinnati Young Artist Programs. She is the recipient of an Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera Association and was named Fellowship Artist to the Brevard Music Center. In 2007, she produced and performed on her first CD, entitled "The Music in Me", also featuring Cantor Benjamin Warschawski, and in 2010, she was recognized by "Shalshelet", the Foundation for New Jewish Music, for two of her original compositions. Her pieces are also published in Transcontinental Publishing’s “Shabbat Anthologies. Upon moving to South Florida, while singing for the high holidays she successfully shifted the focus of her career to working as a Cantorial Soloist throughout region, and eventually joined the clergy at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton.



About Temple Beth El of Boca Raton
The mission of Temple Beth El is to inspire a passionate commitment to Jewish life, learning, community and spiritual growth. The Schaefer Family Campus and Rabbi Merle E. Singer Sanctuary are located in East Boca at 333 SW 4th Avenue. The Beck Family Campus is located in West Boca at 9800 Yamato Road, just east of 441.  Along with weekly Shabbat services, social, educational, social action and religious programs, Temple Beth El offers a Religious School for students K-12; the Beth El Early Learning Center, a preschool program at the Beck Family Campus which includes full day childcare for babies as young as 2 months; and the Beth El Mausoleum, located at the Schaefer Family Campus.  For more information call 561-391-8900 or visit  www.tbeboca.org