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‘Downtown Shabbat’ draws 350 to historic synagogue

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Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 10:00 am

The building at 333 E. Portland St. in downtown Phoenix began its existence as a synagogue, the home of Beth Hebrew Congregation, but it had been nearly 40 years since Shabbat had been observed there.

That changed the evening of Jan. 8, when Rabbi Samuel Cohon of Temple Emanu-El in Tucson led “Armon Bizman, a Castle in Time,” a contemporary musical service that drew more than 350 people, backed by the Armon Bizman Band, composed of members of Tucson-based indie rock band Sun Bones. The music was written by Sun Bones/Armon Bizman Band members Sam Golden and Bob Hanshaw.

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