Join Cantor Evan Kent live from Israel via Zoom for a preview of his biographical musical Shards followed by a Q&A session.
Sunday, July 26th at 10 am
“Shards” celebrates the strength it takes to break apart the things that are holding you back and then to travel as far as it takes to begin to put the pieces together anew to build a better life.
In 2013, Cantor Kent moved from Los Angeles to Jerusalem. This one-person musical chronicles his story of immigration interwoven with the tale of his grandparents’ immigration from Russia to New York in 1908. It is the story of the continual search for home, homeland, and along the way discovering what you didn’t even know you had lost.
In this time of Corona virus- it is impossible to take “Shards” on the road and share it with you in person— but because of Zoom and other virtual platforms, Cantor Evan would love to share select scenes from the show with the congregation.
Audience members often share their own remembrances of family members—especially parents and grandparents—and how their legacy lives on in our lives. Questions are often posed about the aliyah experience, the current political situation in Israel, and in particular LGBTQ issues in Israel and Jerusalem.
About Cantor Evan Kent
In July 2013, Evan moved from Los Angeles to Jerusalem where he currently lives with his husband Rabbi Donald Goor . Evan received his ordination as a cantor and his Master’s in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College in New York and served Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles as its cantor for 25 years. Evan also received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York.
Evan Kent received his doctorate in music education from Boston University in May, 2014. His doctoral research examined how music at Jewish summer camps in North America assists in the development of Jewish identity.
He is currently on the faculty of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem where he teaches liturgy and sacred music. Evan was a member of the editorial committee for the new Reform High Holiday prayer book, “Mishkan HaNefesh.”
Evan is also a musical theatre performer having starred in Jerusalem productions of “Guys and Dolls”, the musical drama “Next to Normal,.” “Avenue Q”, “Singin’ in the Rain,” Sondheim’s “Assassins,” “Cabaret,” and “She Loves Me.” Evan also portrayed Yitzchak Rabin in a new musical drama (“November”) that dramatized the last week of Rabin’s life.
Evan’s one man show “Shards-Putting the Pieces Together” has been presented in Jerusalem, Prague, and throughout the United States. In 2020, “Shards” will be performed in San Antonio, San Diego, Nashville, Manhattan, Santa Rosa, and Chicago.
When not singing, acting, or teaching, teaching, Evan is an avid runner having completed a dozen marathons, many half marathons, and ultra-marathons. When not running, Evan can be found at CrossFit where he lifts large moderate amounts of weight, climbs ropes, and jumps on boxes.