Larry Gamliel
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Everything you ever wanted to know about ....
Larry Gamliel z''l

Larry passed away a few years ago but such was his charisma that he wont be forgotten by his friends in the folk community.

I was born one mornin' and they gave me a name, and now that I'm older it isn't the same.

What that bit of nice poetry is trying to say is that I was born Lawrence Paul Ginsberg. But in my youth, in a paroxysm of Zionist fervor, I took the Hebrew name of Arie Gamliel. Since Larry has been following me around, despite my best efforts, I decided that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. So most folks in the folk community call me Larry.

I was born in Brooklyn New York in 1950. As a result of my father's untimely death, my mother decided to move the family to Israel, where I have remained, more or less, ever since.

I received a bachelor's degree in Ancient Jewish History and Biblical criticism from Hebrew University. However, since man doth not live on Torah alone, I relocated to the States for a while and eventually attained, or obtained, a Master's degree in Rehabilitation counseling. While in America I was active in the civil rights organization of blind people, the National Federation of the Blind which holds that the real problem of blindness is not the loss of sight, but rather the public misconceptions thereof.

I am married and have twins who celebrated a bar mitzvah in the fall of 1999. I live in Jerusalem and work for the Municipality of Jerusalem and the Ministry of Education.

And what of the music? I play keyboard and guitar, both acoustic and electric. I grew up a Rocker, and Rock will always have a place in my heart. During the last couple of years, I have been fortunate to have found a loving home in the folk community, largely due to the wonderful folks at Tzora. I have listened and learned much and have recently acquired much recorded material to learn and perform. Things have gotten to the point where a reviewer of last year's Jacob's ladder has referred to me as a genuine folky. Me? Ok.

I have found much delight in accompanying various people, thus making the acquaintance of wonderfully talented friends. But I have been known to perform as a solo act. That's all there is, there ain't no more.

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