a creative twist on the Friday night Shabbat Service, the folk-rock
harmony trio Gathering Time will perform songs of the spirit and social
conscience made popular by iconic folk group Peter, Paul & Mary at
Temple Am Echad of Lynbrook on May 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Long Island-based trio, made up of Stuart Markus, Hillary Foxsong and
Gerry McKeveny, is frequently compared in sound to the folk legends who
rose to popularity in the folk wave of the early 1960s. They are
currently touring in the northeast, and have performed Peter, Paul &
Mary's music regularly over the nearly four years they've been
played a number of concerts and tribute shows in churches that have
folk music series,” Markus said. “We debuted this program here four
years ago and it has become one of their most popular annual events.”
Am-Echad's Cantor Jerry Korobow, himself a folk musician for many
years, said, “Many of Peter, Paul and Mary's songs had a decidedly
spiritual bent to them, even if they did not mention God or a particular
religion specifically.” They also played a number of old-time
spirituals like “Rock My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham” and “All My
and Markus, the only Jewish member of the trio, worked together with
the synagogue's Rabbi Glenn Jacobs to plan which songs will match up
with which prayers during the service.
“To make the most of the music, this service, we'll be a bit lighter on the formal prayers and liturgy,” Korobow said.
place of the rabbi's sermon, Gathering Time will play a mini-set of
other songs that also feature a spiritual, socially conscious bent.
can be a form of worship, even for the non-religious,” Korobow said.
“It's a way to open the heart, and the spirit, to the most important
of all faiths are invited to the service, and to bring an instrument
for the guided open sing immediately after, about 8:30 p.m. There is no
admission charge. Temple Am-Echad is located at 1 Saperstein Plaza,
immediately north of the Lynbrook LIRR station. Call (516) 593-4004 for