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Chronology 2000-2008
¥  Early retirement as Chair of Music Composition, Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University, May, 2000.

¥  Appointed Spiritual Leader of Congregation Beth David, Amenia, NY, September 2000.

¥  Ketzel's piece featured on 2 CD's released in 2001:
in Europe: WERGO 66492 "Don't Panic! 60 Seconds for Piano." Guy Livingston, piano.
in USA: CENTAUR 2511 "Purrfectly Classical." Noel Lester, piano.

¥  April 2001 - Cotel's "Variations on a Theme by Haydn" performed by Peabody Concert Orchestra, conducted by Edward Polochick.

¥  Cotel featured on ABC documentary "Faith First - 2nd Career Clergy" which aired nationally in January, 2002.

¥  In February, 2002, Cotel travelled to Africa as a member of the beit din (rabbinic court) which performed the formal conversion of the Abayudaya tribe of Uganda to Judaism.

¥  May 26, 2002, Memorial Day Weekend, Ketzel's piece was broadcast (again!) on National Public Radio, this time on Morning Edition.

¥  September, 2002, My Shalom, My Peace performed on special 9/11 concert at University of California/Berkeley by U.C. Berkeley University Chorus conducted by Marika Kuzma. Also performed at U.C. Berkeley on Oct. 26, 2002. Subsequently performed at Temple Emanu-El, San Francisco by same chorus, Marika Kuzma conducting, on Nov. 24, 2002.

¥  Dec. 6-10, 2002, Participant/discussant at think tank/conference "Be'chol Lashon" ("In Every Tongue"), Institute for Jewish and Community Research, San Francisco.

¥  April, 2003, Los Angeles Jewish Music Festival, "Beyond Bim-Bam: New Directions in Jewish Music," Neal Brostoff, Artistic Director. Cotel performed his solo piano fantasy, Haftarah, based upon synagogue trope. Also, 4 performances of Chronicles: A Jewish Life at the Classical Piano, a 75-minute one-man show conceived, written, and performed by Moshe Cotel.

¥  May 20, 2003, Ordained as Rabbi at Academy for Jewish Religion, New York.

¥  May 22, 2003, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion presents world premiere showing of documentary film Moving Heaven and Earth on the formal conversion of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda. Produced by Diva Communications, Inc., the documentary was later broadcast on the Hallmark Channel and featured at film festivals around the U.S. Cotel was a member of the bet din (rabbinic court) that traveled to Africa on this mission and he is featured in this film.

¥  June, 2003, Appointed Rabbi at Temple Beth El of Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, New York.

¥  2004  In addition to pulpit duties at Temple Beth El of Manhattan Beach, touring U.S. playing Chronicles: A Jewish Life at the Classical Piano.

¥  2005  More requests for Chronicles arrive from all over U.S., as far afield as Hawaii.  Performance schedule increased while still fulfilling pulpit duties at Temple Beth El.

¥  2006  Travel schedule increased further as demand for program continues.

¥  2007  Renew contract as Rabbi of Temple Beth El.
Write monologues and choose repertoire for Chronicles II: More Teachings from a Jewish Life at the Classical Piano.

¥  2008  World premiere of Chronicles II in January in Encino, California, co-sponsored by Jewish Music Commission of L.A. and Harold M. Schulweis Institute. See feature article in L.A. Times, January 23, 2008, entitled "Composer Finds Harmony as Maestro and Rabbi."
Begin work of Chronicles III: A Rabbi Looks at Chopin.



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