There are some experiences that fit the times we live in perfectly. One such occurred this past Friday at the main evening service at Reform Jewish Congregation Shir Shalom on Peaceable Street in Ridgefield.
In some respects, it was a continuation of a 14-year tradition for observance of the weekend devoted to the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each of those years on the Friday of that weekend, the congregation’s musical director, Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray, has invited the Serendipity Chorale of Southwestern Connecticut — regularly augmented by members of the Ridgefield Chorale and the Ridgefield Congregational Church’s choir — to join the congregation’s own singers and other musicians in a program that blends Jewish Shabbat-observance music with spirituals and gospel-style praise music in a joyous and uplifting service that honors the differences in both traditions while it also underscores their striking similarities. The Serendipity Chorale celebrated its 40th anniversary this past year and is directed by the cantor’s very good friend Gigi Van Dyke.