Megdal plans ‘Home for Hanukkah’ concert

Bryce Megdal
Bryce Megdal

Native Tucsonan Bryce Megdal will hold a concert, “Home for Hanukkah,” on Dec. 29 at the Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with light refreshments. At 7 p.m., there will be a menorah lighting — participants may bring their own menorahs and candles. The concert will run from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. 

Megdal is a cantorial student at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, where she earned a master’s degree in Jewish studies with an emphasis in music in Jewish life in May 2015.  Her debut album of Jewish music, “Shine Forth,” was released in May 2016.

Megdal received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona, where she led monthly Reform Shabbat services at the UA Hillel Foundation. She  spent a semester studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

An alumna of the Tucson Jewish Community Center preschool and kindergarten and Tucson Hebrew Academy, Megdal began her singing journey in fourth grade, when she joined the newly formed Tucson Jewish Youth Choir.

Following her bat mitzvah, she remained active with Temple Emanu-El, serving in a variety of roles including b’nai mitzvah and Hebrew tutor, teen and adult choir member and cantorial soloist.

Currently, Megdal is a b’nai mitzvah teacher and director of the teen choir at Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Synagogue of the Pacific Palisades. This summer, she was the songleader at the Westside JCC’s JCamp.

The concert, which will include Megdal’s original Jewish compositions and traditional Hanukkah songs, is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, THA and the Tucson J. The cost is $5 for adults; free for children and students.  For more information, visit brycemegdal.com/event/home-for-hannukah/.