Opera Tailgate With A Jewish Twist

Rabbi Jack Shlachter is offering a brief Jewish teaching inspired by the evening’s opera each Wednesday this summer. Courtesy photo


Heading to the opera on Wednesday evenings this summer? From July 6 through Aug. 3, Rabbi Jack Shlachter of HaMakom: The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism in Santa Fe is offering a brief Jewish teaching inspired by the evening’s opera, followed by a recitation of the traditional mourner’s prayer (mourner’s kaddish) in the lower parking lot of the Santa Fe Opera.

A quorum of 10 Jewish adults is required in order to say certain Jewish prayers, including the kaddish, recited daily after the death of a closer relative, or on the anniversary of a relative’s passing. Rabbi Jack, a long-time Santa Fe Opera fan, says that he’s often remarked on how many Jews from the various congregations he bumps into at the opera.

“Following my mother’s death in February, I’ve been taking advantage of opportunities to say kaddish. My mom was an opera-goer, too, and this is a great way to remember her during this year of kaddish,” Rabbi Jack said.

The 10-minute long service will begin at 8 p.m., Wednesdays in July and at 7:30 p.m., in August, allowing patrons to make their way to their seats comfortably. Meet on the east side of the lower parking lot, by the picnic tables overlooking the mountains.