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  • Gili Houpt <houpt@ymail.yu.edu>
    Dear friends, It is troubling with everything going on Israel that we are so far removed from and feel so powerless to help our Israeli brethren. But the next
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 27, 2003
      Dear friends,

      It is troubling with everything going on Israel that we are
      so far removed from and feel so powerless to help our Israeli
      brethren. But the next few weeks affords us an incredible
      opportunity to support Israel by catching some great Jewish music.
      Reva L'Sheva, Noa (Achinoam Nini), and Simply Tsfat are three
      from the Holy Land touring our area right now. Plus there are many
      concerts to raise money for victims of terror in Israel. And the
      Moshav Band, whose members grew up in Israel but are now living on
      the West Coast, will be coming in to town in two weeks for a
      shabbaton I'm organizing in Monsey. See all info below:

      Tonight, Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8pm Simply Tsfat playing at
      the Carlebach Shul, 305 W79 St. My bandmate Seth Nadel will be
      playing percussion, and I'll be joining them on stage for a few
      songs at the end. More info, call the shul at 212-580-2391 and see

      Also Feb 27 at 8PM catch one of the final three performances
      of the new Jewish musical play "Destinations," from the creators
      of "Twist of Faith" and "Second Chances" with original songs by Avi
      Kunstler on guitar, at Theater for the New City, 155 First Avenue
      bet. 9th and 10th St. Last two shows are Saturday night 8:30PM and
      Sunday matinee 3PM. For more info or to schedule a performance in
      your area call Matt Okin at 201-567-6664. Tickets: $10 (TDF
      vouchers accepted). To reserve call 212-254-1109 or goto

      Also Feb 27, 7-10pm Pey Dalid and Gideon Sword performing at
      the Milinery Center Synagogue, 1025 Sixth Ave between 38th & 39th
      St. Also featuring Drums of Zion and some poetry. For more info
      call 914–804-2750 or see http://www.peydalid.com and

      Also Feb 27 at 8pm Israeli singer Noa performing at the
      Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd. Part of their
      Jewish music concert series: Winter Festival 2003. Tickets: $30,
      $45. For more info, call 718-263-7000 !NOTE: Kol Isha may be
      applicable here; consult your local Rabbinic authority!

      Also Feb 27 at 7:30PM is the open house for the Thursday
      Evening Klezmer Workshop, at Congregation Beth Elohim, 8th Avenue
      and Garfield Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Free admission.
      Following the open house, there will be six paid sessions on
      Thursday evenings, through April 10, 2003. See Tuesday above for
      more info. Call 718-768-3814 x218

      Also Feb 27 at 8PM Debbie Friedman will be leading a musical
      Healing Service at Westchester Reform Temple, 255 Mamaroneck Rd in
      Scarsdale, NY. For more info see http://www.wrtemple.org and
      http://www.debbiefriedman.com !NOTE: Kol Isha may be applicable
      here; consult your local Rabbinic authority!

      Tomorrow, Friday Feb 28 at 5:40PM, Ravital Kranzler will be
      leading a special women's Kabbalat Shabbat service at Congregation
      Ohab Zedek, 118 W95 St. For more information, email her at
      EKran29339@... or contact OZ at 212-749-5150 or http://ozny.org

      Also Feb 28 - Mar 2 Ayecha, a Resource Organization for
      converts to Judaism and Jews of Color, presents "A Weekend for
      Building Unity and Sensitivity, One Person at a Time" at the Warwick
      Conference Center, featuring Rabbi Michel Twerski & Rebbetzin Feige
      Twerski, Dr. Abraham J. Twerski, and others speaking about
      increasing sensitivity toward differences among the Jewish people.
      Saturday night features a melave malka with live music. For
      information, call 212-463-0400 x668

      Saturday, Mar 1 at 8pm if you're in Philadelphia for the
      weekend, join me and the Isralight crew at the Aish HaTorah Center,
      356 Montgomery Ave, Bala Cynwyd for a Malaveh Malka with songs,
      stories, and spiritual insights

      Also Mar 1 at 8:30pm Makor presents and incredible double-
      bill: Israeli band Reva L'Sheva and Ska band King Django.
      Playing a
      mix of rock, blues, and country, Reva L'Sheva's sound recalls the
      powerful music of the Grateful Dead set to an Afro-ethnic beat, and
      this is their only New York appearance on this tour. King Django
      Roots and Culture is an awesome 8-piece Yiddish ska band, playing
      their unique brand of Jewish-tinged rock reggae. Makor is at 35
      W67th St, btwn Central Park West and Columbus Ave. Cost: $15. More
      info, call 212.601.1000 or see http://www.revalsheva.com and

      Also March 1, at 8:30 pm, Simply Tsfat in concert at
      Congregation Ahavas Achim in Highland Park, NJ: 216 South First
      Ave. Tickets: $15; students: $12; family price: $36. To reserve
      tickets please send a check -- space is limited so please reserve
      early. Any questions, call the shul at 732-247-0532 or email
      jenbarenholtz@... and see http://www.simplytsfat.com

      Also March 1, at 7:30 PM Debbie Friedman in concert at the
      Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W68 St. For more info see
      http://swfs.org and http://www.debbiefriedman.com !NOTE: Kol Isha
      may be applicable here; consult your local Rabbinic authority!

      Also March 1, at 8:30 pm, Zichron Shlomo Benefit Concert in
      the spirit of simchas Adar, featuring C Lanzbom & Noah Solomon from
      the band Soulfarm, at L'Chaim Manor in Wesley Kosher Plaza, 455 Rt.
      306 in Monsey. Tickets: $15; students: $12 available at the door or
      at Five Star Judaica or Tuvia's. http://soulfarm.net

      Also March 1, at 8:30 pm, the second-last performance of the
      new Jewish musical play Destinations. See above for more info.

      Sunday, March 2 at 7pm Simply Tsfat performing in Kew
      Gardens, Queens at Shaare Tova, 8233 Lefferts Blvd. Doors open at
      6:30 pm with English Book Fair and Refreshements. Cost: $12;
      students: $10; family rate: $40. More info: call Naftali Goldsmith
      at 973-574-1575

      Also March 2, at 1:30PM and 3PM, Tonic's weekly Klezmer
      Brunch features Kleztraphobix. Cost: $10 each set or $15 for both.
      This New York based klezmer band features trumpet, clarinet, tuba,
      drums and accordion and has a really eclectic sound. The bar is
      located above the former Kedem winery at 107 Norfolk St (btwn
      Rivington and Delancey, near F train) and can be reached at 212-358-
      7503 or http://www.tonic107.com and see
      http://www.kleztraphobix.com !PLEASE NOTE: The food at Tonic may
      not be strictly kosher: consult your local Rabbinic authority!

      Also March 2 at 7pm, Daughters of Miriam presents a concert
      starring Kleztraphobix and Soul Farm in Bergen Tech Community
      College, 200 Hackensack Avenue in NJ (from GWB, take Route 4 West to
      Hackensack Exit. Immediately enter left lane. Bergen Tech is on
      left. Turn into second parking lot.) For more info, call 201-836-
      1798 and see http://soulfarm.net and http://www.kleztraphobix.com

      Also March 2 9-10:30pm Aliza Hava, *Songstress
      Extroardinaire* singing at the Korova Milk Bar, Ave A and 12th St.
      in Manhattan. No Cover !NOTE: The club may offend the
      sensibilities of some as it is "designed with a very sardonic wit;
      an ideal hangout for the twisted and morbid." Consult your local
      Rabbinic authority! http://www.nycgoth.com/clubs/korova

      Also March 2, at 3pm, the final performance of the new
      Jewish musical play Destinations. See above for more info.

      Monday, March 3 explore the spiritual opportunities of music
      at "Substance and Spirit" an awesome new women's program that my
      wife Chaya put together, combining a gentle meditative yoga class
      with an interactive Torah lecture on topics such as the soul and the
      brain, modern science meets mysticism, relating to prayer, dealing
      with stress through spirituality, and this week: Jewish music. Yoga
      class 6:30pm - 7:15pm; Torah class 7:30pm - 8:15pm. At WSIS, 120
      W76 St. Five Mondays through April: $15/class or $65 for all 5.
      Contact Chaya Houpt at chaya@... or 917-450-9404 and see
      her yahoogroup http://groups.yahoo.com/group/events_for_jewish_women

      Tuesday, March 4 at 8pm Simply Tsfat in their only New
      Jersey performance, in Tenaeck at the home of the Mischel Family,
      339 Maitland Avenue. The cost is $15. RSVP: 201-837-0723 or email

      Also March 4 at 8pm Makor hosts Shira Betzibur – an Israeli
      sing-a-long event like you've never experienced before: sing your
      favorite contemporary Israeli songs, while being led and accompanied
      by a singer and live band. Song lyrics will be displayed on a
      projection screen. All performers are top Israeli musicians living
      in New York. The event will be conducted mostly in Hebrew. At 35
      W67 St. Cost: $15. More info, call 212.601.1000 or see
      http://makor.org !NOTE: Kol Isha may be applicable here; consult
      your local Rabbinic authority!

      Wednesday, March 5 at 7pm Klezmer Mountain Boys at Terra
      Blues, 149 Bleeker St. Cost: $7. Call 212-777-7776 and see

      Also March 5 8:30-10PM, Columbia University Klezmer band's
      monthly dance party, at Rennert Hall in the Kraft Center (115th St,
      between Broadway and Riverside). These students have been
      travelling all over NY, NJ, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Rhode
      Island, and now they're performing back home. Admission: $3.
      Questions: email Asya at klezmer@... and see

      Also March 5 Rav Shmuel (Skaist, formerly of the Bartlebees,
      and before that the band Gefilte Fish) is playing at Radio Perfecto
      190 Ave. B in the East Village - the music is in a small back room -
      great intimate atmosphere! More info: call the club at 212-477-3366
      or see http://www.radioperfecto.com and Rav Shmuel's new website

      Thursday, March 6 at 9pm Matt Turk is appearing at the
      Bitter End on Bleecker St. http://turktunes.com

      Saturday, March 8 at 8pm it's the Riverdale Jewish Center's
      annual youth benefit concert, featuring Pey Dalid and SoulFarm, at
      JHS 141 in Riverdale, NY at the corner of 237th St and Independence
      Ave. For tickets ($18; $10 for students) and more info, call 718-
      548-1850 x17 or email rsassoon@... and see http://PeyDalid.com

      Also March 8 at 9PM Bsamim in concert up in Monsey at
      Kehillat New Hempstead, 720 Union Rd. Tickets at the door: $15, $12
      for students. Sponsorships available: $100 includes 2 reserved
      seats. A portion of proceeds to benefit Israel. To reserve tickets
      for more info, call 845-304-9433 or see http://www.knh.org and

      Also March 8 at 9 PM "The Gender Debate: Truth & Dare,"
      featuring two of the world's best selling relationship authors, John
      Gray, author of "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" and Rabbi
      Shmuley Boteach, defending against Gray's challenges to his most
      recent (and provocative) book, "Kosher Adultery." Free Tofutti non-
      dairy ice cream: new "Marry Me Dessert Bars." Musical performance
      after the debate by amazing singer/songwriter Ira Kaplan. At
      Chelsea Synagogue Hall, 236 W23 St. btwn 7th and 8th Aves. Tix: $12
      (RSVP before March 2) or $15 at door. Call 888-389-9600 or email
      cubits@... and see

      Sunday, March 9 Tonic's weekly Klezmer Brunch features
      Moldovan Masters of Jewish Music: at 1:30 pm German Goldenshteyn,
      Aron Gershman and ensemble, playing Moldovan-Jewish wedding music,
      and at 3 pm Yefim Chorny and Suzan Gergus, performing Yiddish
      songs. Moldovan-Jewish music is deeply rooted in ancient
      traditions, a fusion of energetic Moldovan folk music, with
      Romanian, Turkish and Gypsy influences, and comprised of prayerful
      cantorial elements, with vocals sung in Yiddish and Russian. Cost:
      $10 each set or $15 for both. See above for info on Tonic and check
      out http://www.renewablestoday.com/moldova !NOTE: Kol Isha may be
      applicable here; consult your local Rabbinic authority!

      Also Mar 9 Safam in concert at the State Theater in New
      Brunswick, New Jersey, sponsored by Rutgers University Hillel
      Foundation. For ticket information call 732-545-2407 and see

      Monday, March 10, at 7:45 pm the Mo Shapiro Band playing one
      set at CBGB's 313 Gallery, 313 Bowery between 1st and 2nd St
      (Bleeker St ends at the club's door) in the Lower East Side. (take
      #6 or F trains to Bleeker). Cover: $5. Good tunes, good times and
      an uncontrollable desire to shake it up. For more info see
      http://www.cbgb.com and check out Mo's new website at

      Also Mar 10 at 7:30pm Kinky Friedman, hailed the Frank Zappa
      of country music, presents his latest film about being from El
      Paso. On tour with Bob Dylan in the mid-'70s, Friedman unleashed
      self-biting satire with his band "Kinky Friedman and His Texas
      Jewboys." Cost: $9. At Makor, 35 W67 St, btwn Central Park West
      and Columbus Ave. Cost: $15. More info, call 212.601.1000 or see

      Tuesday, Mar 11 at 9:30pm Kinky Friedman, outrageous,
      irreverent and always thought-provoking, performing to promote his
      recent movie (see above) Price: $25

      Also Mar 11 at 7PM Debbie Friedman in a musical healing
      Service at The Downtown Synagogue Embassy Suites, 102 North End
      Ave. See http://www.thedowntownsynagogue.org and
      http://www.debbiefriedman.com !NOTE: Kol Isha may be applicable
      here; consult your local Rabbinic authority!

      Wednesday, Mar 12 Kinky Friedman performs two sets at Makor,
      at 7pm and again at 9:30pm (see above)

      Friday March 14 - Saturday 15, I'll be leading a shabbaton
      in Monsey with Isralight and Zichron Shlomo. Full Shabbos
      hospitality: accommodations and meals. Concert Saturday night and
      Friday night davening with the Moshav Band. Cost: $60 (early
      registration by March 4: $50). Limited space available!!! For more
      info or to reserve, call 845-362-4555 or email Onegshabbat@...
      and check out the flyer online

      Saturday, March 15 at 9:15 PM (doors open 8:45 PM) The Andy
      Statman Trio in the Second Annual Dave Tarras Memorial Concert,
      featuring rarely performed Tarras compositions written for Andy
      Statman, as well as Klezmer and Chassidic melodies (plus a little
      Bluegrass). At The Boyaner Shul, 441 West End Ave (@81 St). Ask
      doorman for directions. Admission: $20 (proceeds benefit the Breslov
      Center for Spirituality and Inner Growth). See

      Also March 15 at 9pm Avraham Rosenblum and Diaspora for a
      special pre-Purim Bash at Aish Kodesh. another amazing evening of
      music and Torah. Admission will be $15, $10 for students. The shul
      is at 353 Woodmere Blvd. Call 516-374-8596 and see
      http://aishkodesh.org or http://diasporaband.com

      Sunday, March 16 7:30pm is the 8th annual Hebron concert at
      Town Hall, 123 W43 St. Starring the incredible Yehuda Glantz on
      tour from Israel playing his unique blend of Jewish music to Latin
      rhythms. He's got to be one of the most talented musicians I've
      ever seen. Also features Kol Achai, and the Shai Bachar Band

      Also Mar 16 at 8pm Cantorial All-Star Concert to benefit
      Israeli victims of terror, with world-famous chazzanim Moshe Stern,
      Yitchak Helfgot, Naftali Herstik, Benny Rogosnitzky, Maestro Matthew
      Lazar, choir ensemble, violin vituosso Jonathan Gandelsman, and
      Daniel Gildar on piano. At Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall.
      Tickets: $50, $100, $180. For more info or resrvations call 212-787-
      3016 and see flyer at

      Jewish Music Album of the Week: Robert Shur's band Yad with
      their debut album "It only takes a second" features original songs
      and great instrumentation. Check out the last track, gam ki elech.
      Buy it on the web htpp://www.cdbaby.com/yad or pick up a copy at the
      annual Yeshiva University Seforim Sale, which finishes this
      weekend. They have a great selection and great prices on Jewish
      music albums. They close at 11pm tonight and Sunday, March 2, hours
      are 2pm-10:30pm -- http://www.soyseforim.org

      Have a great Shabbos!

      Gili Houpt
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