Kids rock to Kline

Photo: Supplied. Shira Kline dazzles children with her pre-eminent Kiddie Rock sounds at the Mina Lopato Nursery School in Greenside.


Parents, teachers and children from the Mina Lopato Nursery School in Greenside were treated to the colourful sights and sounds of New York-based Jewish American performer and music teacher, Shira Kline on 4 August.

Kline, popularly known by her stage name, Shirlala was on a visit to South Africa for the Annual Limmud South Africa Learning Conference, which spans the full gamut of Jewish life, learning and culture.

Kline is the director of worship at an alternative, inclusive, upcoming synagogue founded by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, an Israeli-born Jewish teacher, writer and performance artist. Kline is credited with the creation of the children’s musical, Kiddie Rock, in addition to various works spanning Jewish holidays and festivals.

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Adina Roth, an advisor and parent at the school, waxed fondly of the artist. “Mina Lopato is a Jewish nursery school in the heart of Greenside that welcomes families and children of Jewish and all other religions, races and cultures. We wanted Shira to take our children through the journey of the Sabbath in a way that would appeal to the universal and inclusive aspects of Shabbat,” said Roth.

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“Shira did this through a beautiful, interactive one-hour concert where she invited parents and children to jump, dance, interact with each other and look into each other’s eyes so as to see each others’ souls.

“She got the children jumping with the traditional Jewish bread called ‘challah’ as it rises in the oven and included all the children in making a traditional chicken soup. She sang a heartwarming version of Hallelujah – where she got the children to wave their hands and clap.

“All in all, she conveyed the message that the Sabbath is a time of rest for all human beings, that all human beings are worthy of dignity, respect and love. We all left the concert with Shira feeling warm in our hearts and connected in our souls to each other.”

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