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A few scenes into the Broadway classic “Fiddler on the Roof,” we see families celebrating the traditional Jewish Sabbath held each Friday at sundown. Orthodox Jews from all over the world continue this important ritual each week in their homes just as Tevye and his family do on stage.

As the high school cast began to research the Jewish faith in preparation for Fiddler, they were struck by the beauty of the traditional Shabbat ceremony. In an effort to share that beauty, the community Shabbat idea was born.

This educational and fun event will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the St. Helena High School Performing Arts Center. Judd Finkelstein, St. Helena High School drama alum, has graciously offered to be our guest host. The ceremony will conclude with cast members performing several songs from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Admission, entertainment, and delicious food generously donated by Cindy Pawlcyn are all free.

We invite the community to celebrate Shabbat with us!

Patti Coyle

and The SHHS Drama Family

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