Friday Night Live June 14, 2013 - A Night Under the Stars

Sinai Temple, in collaboration with Craig 'N Co., will hold their popular Friday Night Live Shabbat service at Los Angeles Ford Ampitheatre on June 14, 2013.

Rabbis Nicole Guzik and David Wolpe will join celebrated musician Craig Taubman for this Friday Night Live service at the Ford for the third year running. This groundbreaking spiritual service was created fifteen years ago by Taubman and  Wolpe, who's named Newsweek's most influential Rabbi in America.  Taubman states, "While Friday Night Live is a program of Sinai Temple, the service is done as a gift to the whole community.  For that reason, we are fortunate to once again have Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom be a part of the service."

Friday Night Live at the Ford will be held under the stars in one of the city's great venues and include musical performances from Duvid Swirsky and George Komsky along with international sensation and renowned cellist Lynn Harrell and his wife, Helen Nightengale.

Guests are invited to bring a picnic dinner while enjoying a pre-show festival which features an eclectic array of performances by YouTube sensation Ari Herstand, MiMoDa Jazzo dance ensemble, and an art show curated by Laurel Johnson. Gates open at 6:00 PM and Shabbat services will begin at 8:00 PM.

Tickets are $10 and on sale now at the Ford Theatre's website. The event has sold out both years, so don't delay.

For more information about Friday Night Live at the Ford, please contact Craig 'N Co. at 818.760.1077 or [email protected]


 In 1998, Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles teamed with Emmy-nominated Jewish singer/songwriter Craig Taubman to create a rockin' monthly service designed to bring Jews aged 25 to 39 together to celebrate Shabbat. Call it a service or call it a concert, Friday Night Live has since made much joyful noise in the Jewish community.  Craig, Rabbi Wolpe and the Friday Night Live Band have taken their share of flak for tinkering with something as sacred as a Shabbat service. But the numbers don't lie. Friday Night Live continues to grow in popularity, as the attendance has increased over the years to nearly 1,500 on any given Shabbat.  Friday Night Live's popularity has attracted famous and dynamic speakers including Elie Wiesel, Reverand Rick Warren, David Kohan, Imam Jihad Turk and David Gregory. Musical guests have ranged from actor/singer Theodore Bikel, to Israeli pop stars David Broza and Rami Kleinstein, to rappers and gospel choirs.  Friday Night Live also has influence outside Los Angeles and has been adopted in synagogues worldwide.



Craig Taubman began his career at the tender of age of 15 when he picked up a guitar and began to lead music at Camp Ramah in Ojai, California. His musical styling has made his recordings an integral part of the Jewish community including his top-selling release, Friday Night Live, composed for a special Shabbat service held once a month at Sinai Temple with Rabbi David Wolpe in Los Angeles. His extensive musical catalog consists of over 50 recordings featuring everything from Celebrate: Jewish Lullabies to Rock'n Toontown, featuring backup vocals with Mickey and Minnie.  Craig has also enjoyed a successful career in television and film, composing and directing music for the Fox children's series Rimba's Island, the critically acclaimed HBO animated series Happily Ever After and Shari Lewis' PBS series, Charley Horse Pizza. His music has been featured at the Coca Cola Olympic Pavilion in Atlanta as well as in the Paramount Pictures feature film Andre, New Line Cinema's Pinocchio, and Disney's animated short film, Recycle Rex. His songs have been recorded by such respected artists as Chita Rivera and Jennifer Holliday. Craig's sell-out concerts draw thousands of fans at such respected venues as Ravinia in Chicago, Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, Westbury Music Fair in New York, the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and three special performances at the White House.  

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