Sponsored this year at Adas Israel, the second North American Conference of Rabbis for Human Rights is centering around world issues, Jewish and Gentile alike. To compliment this focus, Pharaoh’s Daughter, a band that mixes Hassidic, Sephardic, Arabic, Mizrahi and more gave the Monday night performance to the largely filled Smith Sanctuary. And YP@AI was allowed to go for free! 😀
I first heard of Pharaoh’s Daughter in 2003 when they performed at a summer Jewish retreat that I attended. Sitting in the audience now, everything felt different than that evening—from the weather to the location to where I was in life. But it didn’t take much to transport me back to the wild hills of California where, like here, Basya Schechter led her group through Hassidic chants, Ladino ballads, and energetic drum sessions.
I have to give particular kudos to Meg Okura, who was rockin her violin. Honestly; most of the time, I feared she might break it with the amount of vigor she possessed, but the passionate, energetic sound was out of this world.
Following the concert, which lasted around an hour and 15 minutes, young professionals were invited upstairs for the regular schmoozing and socializing. Hopefully, much fun was had by all.
Pharaoh’s Daughter is based in New York, but they are known the world over. I highly suggest that you look them up if they are in your area! Check out their MySpace page for more.