"We were winging it. He just kept playing and everybody just played along," said singer Chana Sosnowicz, Ruby Sosnowicz daughter. "We went over the two hours. People wouldn't leave. We thought we would run out [of songs]."
Songs included "Sheyn Vi Di Levone," "Erev Shel Shoshanim," "Zog Nit Keyn Mol" ("Partisan Song"), "Hava Nagila" and "Jerusalem of Gold." The band also performed songs from "Fiddler on the Roof" and a medley of Russian songs.
Richard Rosenzweig, a Deerfield Beach commissioner and "big supporter" of the band, said, "They were good. They were very professional."
Forming a Holocaust survivor band was "a phenomenal idea by Saul Dreier," Rosenzweig said. Dreier, like Ruby Sosnowicz, is a Holocaust survivor from Poland. "To come back and play the music and the tenor of the times," Rosenzweig said. "We should keep our music for ourselves and bring it forward."
A week after the concert, Dreier said, "I'm crazy. I don't believe it," when asked about the audience of more than 400 people at Temple Haim in Margate.
"It was phenomenal. The music was just tremendous. The performers were excellent," Arline Pacifici, 80, of Coconut Creek said.
"I liked the music, the style they played," said Ted Schenk, 82, of Coconut Creek. "The fact that they were old and they were still energetic. They put on a great performance."
Henry Reich, 89, of Deerfield Beach, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and seven concentration camps, said, "It was a delight. It was very lively and entertaining."
The Holocaust Survivor Klezmer Band will perform its next concert at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Temple Haim, 6101 NW 31st St., Margate. The concert is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information, call Saul Dreier at 954-868-4742.
The original article for the article written by David A. Schwartz published on August 11, 2014 copied above can be found online at Sun Sentenial http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2014-08-11/florida-jewish-journal/fl-jjbs-klezmer-0814-20140811_1_ruby-sosnowicz-first-concert-saul-dreier