Best Bluegrass in a Synagogue (2008)

Congregation Darech Amuno

Following kabala class, "pleasantly Orthodox" synagogue CONGREGATION DARECH AMUNO offers congregants, neighbors, and passersby hours of riveting, energetic, upbeat American roots music. A troupe of talented musicians commands this narrow, ornate chapel, steered by mandolin virtuoso Andy Statman. Everyone strains forward in their pew, absorbed in the improvised bursts of frenetic, impassioned strumming. Masterminding the event is Herman, the synagogue's president and cook, who will fix you up some watermelon and bourbon during intermission as he recounts stories about the rabbi's legendary amulet-writing powers. Post-intermission, stick around for a rousing encore of "Oy Susanna!"


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