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An Evening of Poetry and Holiday Songs Representing the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Faiths


Posted 11/12/2014
Posted by David Isgur


An evening devoted to singing and chanting from the liturgies of Jews, Christians and Muslims and from the popular culture of the Abrahamic faiths is being presented at the University of Hartford on Tuesday, Dec. 2, starting at 7:30 p.m., in Auerbach Auditorium, in the University’s Hillyer Hall, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. This event, starting what is hoped to be a new Holiday tradition at the University, is free and open to the public, and is presented by the University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, Hartford Hillel and the Muslim Student Organization.

The evening’s highlights will include liturgical Quran reading and some Arabic poetry by Faris Alshammari, a 24 year-old student in the University’s computer engineering program. He has been singing since he was 14 years old and has sung all over Saudi Arabia and will now showcase his talents in Hartford. K. Stephen Wilson of the Rehobot Church of God of Bloomfield will sing a medley of Christian liturgical offerings and a special “Hosana,” and Cantor Sanford Cohn from Emanuel Synagogue of West Hartford will lead a Hashkevenu peace prayer. In addition, a group of singers from Hartford Hillel will offer up some holiday songs for the season.

In between sets of music, there will be a “poetry slam,” featuring readings by Joan Sidney Seliger from her new poetry collection. Seliger, a writer-in-residence at the University of Connecticut’s Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, will also be selling and signing her book of poetry following the program.

Interspersed with Seliger and the singing, students will be invited to take the stage to read a poem or two from their own collections. In addition, we will be announcing the upcoming Muriel Hoff American Poetry Awards competition and David Hoff, Muriel’s son will be reading some poetry from his mom’s latest writings.

Contact the Greenberg Center at 860.768.5018 or mgcjs@hartford.edu to reserve your seat.