The French Jewish singer Méléha will give a concert for women and girls only at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto.
Winner of the French national “Star Search” contest as a teenager, Méléha released her first album at 17 and went on to perform with internationally known singers in her native country.
Then she underwent a transformation.
“It was a Torah class,” she told Jewish News One last July. “People said you absolutely have to come listen to [the teacher]. So I arrived with my red hair and black leather jacket and miniskirt and leather boots. I entered and they looked at me funny and I didn’t understand why at the beginning. The class was about tzniut, modesty and clothing laws.”
One concept of tzniut is kol isha, literally “a woman’s voice,” which suggests that women should not sing in front of men. “After that day I stopped everything,” she said. “I stopped singing for men and women. I understood that the Torah was important. I dedicated my life and mission to sing only for women. For 24 years I have sung all over the world for all the countries of the world.”
Méléha has released 10 albums of Jewish music, singing in French, Hebrew, Yiddish and English.
The concert will take place in the Schultz Cultural Arts Hall at the JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Tickets are $20 in advance; $23 at the door. For information, go to www.tinyurl.com/chabadgsb-meleha.