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Modern Orthodox shul hosting virtual concert, offering teen filmmaking workshop

JAN 13, 2022 AT 3:09 PM
Para Quartet, which consists of young female musicians, will perform in a virtual concert that's part of New Synagogue's Juilliard in Palm Beach arts & culture series.

New Synagogue in Palm Beach is hosting its virtual Juilliard in Palm Beach arts & culture series as well as an online teen filmmaking workshop.

The second event of the Modern Orthodox synagogue’s arts & culture series is a concert featuring Para Quartet, a group of young female musicians. It takes place at 6 p.m. on Jan. 30, and will be broadcast live from the Juilliard School in New York. The quartet, which includes violinists Arianna Brusubardis, Mai Matsumoto and Natalie Clarke and cellist Hannah Kim, will perform a mix of classical and contemporary selections.

Rabbi Abraham Unger, the synagogue’s executive director of programs, said the goal of the arts & culture series is to provide people with a “beautiful and cultural experience.”

“The purpose of the series is to build community and to make a cultural contribution to the broader community,” Unger continued. “There’s a lot of good stuff going on in Palm Beach and we want to make a contribution as well as offer some great music.”

Unger said that pre-registration is not required for the concert, and that people can just click on the Zoom link on the evening of the performance. Other events in the series take place at 6 p.m. on Feb. 27 and March 27. Visit the synagogue’s newly launched website,, for more information.

The synagogue is also launching its virtual teen filmmaking studio led by filmmaker and video game director and producer Edward Douglas. The workshop culminates in a live streamed film festival of the teen filmmakers’ work at a professional screening room.

Douglas said, “Joining this program at the New Synagogue of Palm Beach is a privilege, as a filmmaker who loves to share my craft, but also as a way to connect to my Jewish heritage.”

“After fleeing Germany in the late 1930s, my grandparents hid their roots and identity, even from their own family,” Douglas continued. “In recent years I’ve been reclaiming that history – through learning to cook jewish food, to visiting the sites of lost family homes back in Germany – and connecting with the New Synagogue can be a next step in that journey.”

Classes will meet Mondays on Zoom from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sessions run from Jan. 24-May 23. The student film festival will be at 7 p.m. on May 30. Participants must apply for this program. Call 561-514-4064 or email for application.