600 people came out to see Duo Reim in concert at Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly Hills on Sunday, January 10. The Israeli folk music icons were joined on stage by Beth Jacob’s Chazan Arik Wollheim as well as the Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy Choir.
Re’im means friends and the Duo Re’m singing partners, Benny Rosenbaum and Yisrael Gottesdiener, have been performing together since they met in the IDF in 1967. They have won many prizes going back to the 1972 Israel Chassidic Festival and their popularity continues.
Audience members sang along to Hebrew, English and Yiddish songs, including well known favorites “Al Kol Eleh” and “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav.” There were new songs learned as well.
Paul Jeser shared his concert experience with a Facebook posting, “Their performance was spectacular, the ensemble and arrangements were very impressive, and the selections performed, from many musical styles, were more than enjoyable. And, even more important than that, considering the challenges the Jewish People now face, this ‘feel-good’ evening was exactly what was needed.”
The unforgettable event was made possible by sponsor, Alice Schoenfeld, whose generosity and vision allowed the concert to become a reality.