A World of Jewish Music

Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 2 PM
Valley Outreach Synagogue

a flyer for the LAJS concert "A World of Jewish Music"

On Sunday, August 22, 2021, the LAJS was thrilled to welcome back the community to our first in-person concert in collaboration with Valley Outreach Synagogue featuring rising Jewish star flutist, Nikka Gershman-Pepper and world-renowned bass-baritone, Rabbi Ron Li-Paz. 

Thanks to a generous donor, we were able to offer access to the livestream free of charge! You can watch clips of the concert on our YouTube channel.

To keep up with the current concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we restricted our audience in accordance with the guidelines at the time. The following safety protocols were in place: 

  • All audience members presented proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on arrival to the performance in order to be admitted. 
  • All audience members were required to wear masks.
  • All performers were fully vaccinated and were tested for COVID-19 the day before the performance.

“It was a brilliant concert and it remains, as it has been for 20+ years, a pleasure and a soul satisfying experience to sing with you. You have, through your dedication and devotion, enabled us to become messengers, bringing Jewish music, old and new, to appriciative audiences and that is a privilage. Thank you for sharing your many talents with us, your devoted followers.”

Sylvia Bernstein-Tregub

Board Member


13-year-old flutist, Nikka Gershman-Pepper

Although only thirteen years old, flutist and composer Nikka Gershman-Pepper has already won numerous honors and awards. In June 2021, she was selected to perform for Sir James Galway at the Galway Flute Festival and will perform in August as a first-prize winner of the International Competition Bonn “Grand Prize Virtuoso” at the historic Beethoven House in Bonn in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday. In December, she will appear with Salon de Virtuosi as a soloist in their annual winter concert.

World-renowned bass-baritone, Rabbi Ron Li-Paz

Rabbi Ron Li-Paz is the Spiritual Leader of Valley Outreach Synagogue in Calabasas. He was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. He has been on the pulpit at Valley Outreach Synagogue since 1996. Prior to synagogue leadership…

LAJS Concertmaster Mark Kashper

An active recitalist and avid chamber music player, Mark Kashper performs extensively in the Los Angeles area and throughout the United States. Since the creation of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony in the Spring of 1994, he has also been busy as that orchestra’s founding principal concertmaster and frequent featured soloist, performing throughout Southern California and touring in New York and Israel. In February 2000, Kashper was the soloist in performances of Korngold’s Violin Concerto with the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra conducted by its then-Music Director, Gisèle Ben-Dor.

LAJS Principal Clarinetist Zinovy Goro

Zinovy Goro is a recognized musician, arranger and composer of more than five decades and the longtime founder and music director of the award-winning Golden State Klezmers since 1980. Formerly with Universal Studios Music Library in Los Angeles, where he spent more than 23 years until 2016, prior to making his way to the United States, Mr. Goro was a Principal Clarinet for the State-Honored Radio and TV Orchestra in his home town of Kiev, Ukraine. Mr. Goro has been principal clarient in the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony since its creation in 1994.


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