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Rabbi Itzhak Marmorstein speaks to the Israel Beat show about his upcoming concert of poetry, jazz, and more, benefiting Beit HaRav Kook. The likes of S. Y. Agnon, Albert Einstein and more visited the building. Now, Shlomo Katz, Greg Wall and the HaOrot band will rock out in it.
The benefit concert for Beit Harav Kook will take place to support the home and study center of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook, Israel's first chief rabbi. Rabbi Itzhak Marmorstein has been leading weekly classes in English and Hebrew at the center, teaching the Torah commentary and philosophy of Rabbi Kook. Other classes and lectures are held at the center as well.
Popular Israeli-based singer Shlomo Katz will headline the show, performing original music and the works of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. HaOrot, lead by Rabbi Greg Wall and Rabbi Marmorstein will perform jazz interpretations of Rabbi Kook's poetry. Wall is known for his work with Frank London of the Klezmatics and a jazz group called Hasidic New Wave.
All proceeds will benefit the historic downtown Jerusalem landmark which was built in 1923. It is currently surrounded by large high-rise condominiums which are in the process of being built. Adjacent to Beit Harav Kook is the Anna Ticho house, and the Museum of Psalms, two other historic landmarks.
The concert will be held Saturday night, January 19th, 2013 at Beit Harav Kook on Rabbi Kook Street in downtown Jerusalem.