Author: Bill Motchan

Basil Alter’s World of Music

Basil Alter had a busy travel schedule for 2021. Alter, a Jewish violin master from Memphis, was planning a trip to Israel and a concert tour from Phoenix to Los Angeles to Michigan. The pandemic changed all of that.

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“Beloved,” an exhibit at Temple Israel Museum in Memphis, is also the title of a book featuring 200 photographs by Murray Riss. The title comes from the single word that appears most often on the gravestones in the cemetery. It also describes the importance of the historic location to Mid-South Jewish history.

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