Tidewater Jewish rock star wows crowd

by | Jun 2, 2014 | Other News

Cantor Wally.

Cantor Wally.

Ohef Sholom hosted “Cantor Wally Live!” an outdoor celebration of Jewish music last month.

A picture perfect day, families with young children gathered outside to hear Cantor Wally play original and classical Jewish tunes on the steps of Ohef Sholom’s sanctuary overlooking the park at Stockley Gardens. An award-winning, international recording artist who writes his own songs and performs throughout the United States and Israel, Cantor Wally strummed his guitar while singing in English and Hebrew. The audience enthusiastically sang along and participated in his concert.

Kids of all ages were entertained with fun, supervised activities in the park that included a bounce house and a scavenger hunt. Faces were painted with unique designs and families had a great time posing with boas, hats, wigs and glasses at the photo booth. Children decorated tambourines to play along with Cantor Wally and put fragrant spices into packets at arts and crafts tables to use for Havdallah. The sidewalks were decorated with youthful artistic creations drawn of chalk, while loads of bubbles lingered in the air. And everyone—adults and kids alike—lined up when the snow cone truck came.

The afternoon ended with a moving Havdallah service led by Cantor Wally and Rabbi Roz, assisted by children in the audience.

Ohef Sholom Temple is the area’s largest reform temple with programming for babies, toddlers, school-age children, and for families with young children to build community within the temple. For more information, call 625-4295 or email linda@ohefsholom.org.