For the 12th year, Congregation Beth El will present its annual Hanukkah klezmer concert Monday night to bring in the holiday season with unique music.
Rabbi Neal Katz said 10 musicians with a full band will perform klezmer and Hanukkah songs. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Liberty Hall in downtown Tyler.
Klezmer music is Eastern European Jewish music that is largely used in weddings and other celebratory events.
“It’s different than any music they’ll hear in East Texas,” Katz said. “The community, they always come back. It’s a unique moment in the cultural calendar here.”
One of the songs included in the show will be “Be a Light,” which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and “Hava Nagila” will close out the show.
Katz said the event is more like a variety show. He added that he always looks for a way to share music, whether it’s his or others.
“We’re doing it because it’s fun to celebrate during the holiday season with music,” he said.
There will also be a special artist, who is funny and uplifting and a renowned accordionist, Katz said.
“It usually sells out every December,” he said.
Katz is encouraging attendees to bring nonperishable canned food items to the concert to be donated to the nonprofit People Attempting to Help (PATH).