Member Spotlight: Beth Singer
FORCE FOR GOOD
Beth Singer, SHN member for two years, recalls how she became mesmerized by musical theater.
Where do you live?
What is your occupation?
What are your five favorite Broadway shows?
#4 Les Miz
#5 My Fair Lady
What was the first Broadway show you saw?
The Rothschilds in LA. I was a kid. My parents made a date to meet friends, and their friends had not understood that they planned to bring me along. So it was embarrassing, but the theater experience was mesmerizing, and I will never forget it.
Which character in a musical or play do you most identify with?
Hodel, Tevya’s [second] daughter in Fiddler on the Roof. She loves her parents but knows that they do not understand why her choice of husband is a good one. “How can I hope to make you understand why I do what I do..?” Divine!
Have you ever performed on stage?
In middle school, my religious school did a Jewish parody of Grease called Schmaltz. I was terribly shy but loved to sing and had a major role and loved it.
What accomplishment are you most proud of, personally or professionally?
Becoming the senior rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. It is a historic synagogue that works every day to be a force for good in the Bay Area.
If you could have dinner with one person (living or dead), who would it be?
Lin Manuel Miranda.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A veterinarian. But in 12th grade I did an internship with a local vet, and just as the vet was getting ready to cut open a cat to operate, he saw me about to pass out. I became a rabbi instead.
Is there anything else that we (and other Broadway fans) should know about you?
My three kids are all obsessed with musical theater and introduced me to the joys of playing a soundtrack to death. My son did it with Rent. My daughters with Wicked. We all know Hamilton inside and out.
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