Religion Notes: So Is Life to headline 12th Dubov Memorial Concert

So Is Life, featuring (l-r) Josh Nelson, Rosalie Will, Ellen Dreskin and Dan Nichols, will perform March 1 at the Temple Beth El Schaefer Family Campus in east Boca Raton. Photo provided

By Janis Fontaine

Cantor Stephen Dubov arrived at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton in 2006 with high hopes, but after just one month in Palm Beach County, died suddenly from an aortic dissection. He was 55.

He had been on his way to Detroit to help his family prepare for its big move from Michigan when he died.

The Stephen Dubov Memorial Concert has since become an annual tradition that rotates from year to year between Temple Beth El and Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton.

This year, its 12th, the concert will feature the musical group So Is Life at 3 p.m. March 1 at the Beth El Schaefer Family Campus in east Boca Raton.

So Is Life features cantor Ellen Dreskin, Josh Nelson, Dan Nichols and cantor Rosalie Will, and it will be led by New York composer/performer Elana Arian in a program of music that goes from sacred to secular and traditional to contemporary.

It reflects Dubov’s diverse life. He was born in Miami Beach, earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of Miami and his cantorial investiture and master’s degree from Hebrew Union College.

What set the cantor apart was his career as a professional actor. He had roles in more than 100 movies and television shows — including a regular role in the daytime soap The Guiding Light — as well as stage acting and performances on Broadway, with the Palm Beach and Miami operas, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The Schaefer campus of Temple Beth El is at 333 SW Fourth Ave., Boca Raton.

Tickets are $100 for reserved benefactor seating, $36 for preferred seating, $18 adults and $10 students for general admission.
Call 561-391-8900 or visit

Why is happiness elusive?

Community Church will host a seven-week series called Life Explored, a safe, informal conversation about faith and God, beginning Feb. 24 at the church at 600 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton.

Questions up for discussion include this big one: “Why is lasting happiness so hard to find?”

Guests are encouraged to ask questions, share doubts and join the conversation.

Life Explored will meet from 5:30 to 7:10 p.m. Mondays through April 6. Food will be provided. Admission is free but you must register in advance at 561-395-2811 or

For more information about the program, email Lori Harding at

Jewish Film Festival

The Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival continues through Feb. 16 at four locations in Palm Beach County: Cinemark Boynton Beach, Cinepolis Jupiter, Cobb Theatres at Downtown at the Gardens and PBSC’s Eissey Campus Theatre.

These are the showtimes for films at the Cinemark at Boynton Beach Mall, 1151 N. Congress Ave.

• Jewish Partisans — 1:30 p.m. Feb. 2
• The Last — 4:30 p.m. Feb. 2
• Leona — 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2
• Amnesia — 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3
• Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles — 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3
• Winter Hunt — 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3
• A Cantor’s Head — 1:30 p.m. Feb. 4
• Gloomy Sunday — 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4
• The Keeper — 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4
• The State Against Mandela and the Others — 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5
• Latter Day Jew — 4:30 p.m. Feb. 5
• The Mover — 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5.
• Witness Theater — 1:30 p.m. Feb. 6
• The Last Supper — 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6
• Crescendo — 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6.
• Back to Berlin — 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7
• The Rabbi Goes West — 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8

For more info: 877-318-0071 or

— Janis Fontaine

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