Rabbi and Minster Unlikely Folk Duo

Free Xavier Concert to Highlight Interfaith Engagement | September 28, 2009


The Cap and The Collar,” an unusual folk duo, will perform on October 6 at 8:30 pm in the Gallagher Student Center Lower Level Atrium. Think 1960’s coffee house for the atmosphere. The free performance will be the closing event for the Children of Abraham exhibit that has been on display on the 3rd floor of Gallagher. The public is invited.
“The Cap” is Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz from South Carolina. A writer, speaker, and musician, he does interfaith work with Buddhists and Christians and is working to dialogue more with the Islamic community. He recently completed his 25th year in the rabbinate and was awarded his second Doctor of Divinity by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He was also the technical editor of Judaism for Dummies.
“The Collar” is Rev. Dr. Paul Harmon, also of South Carolina. He has been playing guitar and entertaining since learning “Red River Valley” at age 11. Currently, he is senior Pastor at historic Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Peter, Paul and Mary and The Kingston Trio were among his musical role models.
The two met in 2003 at a Rotary Club event. Once each learned the other also played guitar, a duo was born. They join their musical talents, charm and humor at their concerts performing a mix of traditional folk, country and original songs. Their inspiration serves as a bridge between faiths and peoples.
“If the heavens open to the sound of music, Cap and Collar opens the door beautifully,” says Rabbi Abie Ingber, founder of Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement.
The Ohio Humanities Council created Children of Abraham, an educational exhibit displaying the similarities and differences between the three Abrahamic traditions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The panels explain the shared values and history of the three faiths. The exhibit traveled to Xavier this fall with support from Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement.