By Esther Allweiss Ingber / Contributing Writer
Seven-layer cake and klezmer music were special treats for a group of Holocaust survivors and friends on the last Sunday of Chanukah.
Hidden Children and Child Survivors of Michigan sponsored the free Jewish music concert, an offering of Program for Holocaust Survivors and Families of Jewish Senior Life (JSL). Dr. Charles Silow is PHSF’s founding director.
An audience of 67, including 33 survivors, came together to hear the nine-piece Klezundheit band. The venue was JSL’s Teitel Jewish Apartments, on the Taubman Jewish Community Campus in Oak Park.
Klezundheit leader Ken Posner chose to donate the popular band’s services. The gig came about when he met survivor Anna Fein and her daughter, Renee Fein, on a trip to Poland last summer.
“My mom asked him if he would perform for the Holocaust survivors again, since it went over so well a couple of years ago,” said Renee Fein, recalling the Klezundheit concert of July 2017 at JSL’s Meer Jewish Apartments in West Bloomfield.
Posner told Fein, program coordinator for PHSF, that he “would be happy to do so, and I contacted him upon our return.”
Unfortunately, Posner had to attend a funeral just before the Dec. 9 concert got under way. His son, Aaron Posner, ably filled in for him as an emcee-musician, and he even told a few gentle, groaner-type jokes.
Everyone’s mood perked up at the event, with the chance to be among friends, eat cake and listen to freilich (joyous) live music.