Boris Vish was luckier than many Soviet Jews. Growing up in the USSR, he never lost his connection to being Jewish. His family spoke Yiddish and celebrated holidays and family occasions with traditional Jewish songs.
When he left for the West, he carried his family’s songs with him. He started writing his own Jewish songs, and formed a band called Shabbes that performed his music. He has spent decades performing Jewish, Russian, and American songs in New York, New Jersey, and throughout the East Coast.
Boris believes that music gives us strength and energy to get through life’s ups and downs, sorrows and joys. He now performs solo, accompanying his vocals with harmonica and keyboard.
Hazak, the program’s sponsor, is B’nai Shalom’s group for senior adults. All are invited to enjoy this afternoon of “freylich lieder.” (joyful songs).