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November 12, 2009

Rabbi, pastor to perform at Plattsburgh church

Rabbi, pastor to perform at United Methodist

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The Cap and the Collar perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church, 127 Beekman St., Plattsburgh. Admission is a food item or money for the Interfaith Food Shelf.



Hear a sample at: www.thecapandthecollar.com

PLATTSBURGH — Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz left a song in the heart of an appreciative congregation when he departed Temple Beth Israel here some 25 years ago.

Now, he's coming back to make more music.

And laugh a lot.

The rabbi is the Jewish half of musical, comedic duo The Cap and the Collar, partnered with the Rev. Paul Harmon, pastor of Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia, S.C. Since 2003, they have entertained at churches, synagogues and various events, raising money for different charities. Saturday at 7 p.m., they will perform at the United Methodist Church in Plattsburgh, accepting admission of cash or edible donations for the Interfaith Food Shelf.

SMOTHERS BROTHERS

On the program are traditional folk and country songs. Some familiar tunes have lyrics adapted to fit the pair's approach to celebrating differences and building bridges connecting different faiths and peoples.

"I'm Proud to be a Rabbi from South Brooklyn" is sung to the melody of "Okie from Muskogee."

"'Our Pastor's Nice' — or 'Our Rabbi's Nice' — is based on 'Edelweiss,'" Liebowitz said in a phone interview from Spartanburg, S.C.

He and Harmon, who first picked up their guitars together for a Rotary Club event, have been accused of playing off one another much like the Smothers Brothers.

"We rib each other a lot," said the rabbi, whose synagogue is B'nai Israel in Spartanburg.

"We do mostly humor and throw in a few serious things to balance it out," Harmon said from Columbia.

More thought provoking is a song he wrote called "Where the Wind Blows" about, he said, "the changing seasons and how that is God's sign to us that life comes from death.

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