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Jewish Music keeps you warm in the winter

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  • Gili Houpt
    Dear Friends, This weekend I m fleeing the cold NY weather and flying south to Boca Raton to be a guest chazan for Shabbos. But if you re stuck here, you can
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 8, 2005
      Dear Friends,

      This weekend I'm fleeing the cold NY weather and flying
      south to Boca Raton to be a guest chazan for Shabbos. But if you're
      stuck here, you can stay warm with some great Jewish music that
      heats the spirit from within. I haven't included all the events for
      Chanukah since the email would be too long, but I'll have a full
      list in next week's update.

      Tonight, Thursday Dec 8 at 8pm The Annual Yeshiva
      University "Battle of the Bands." Cost: $5. More info: 917-349-1215

      Also Dec 8, 8:30-10:30PM is the weekly Music of the Mystics
      with Andy Statman at the Greenwich Village Synagogue, 53 Charles St
      near W4 St. And every Monday night: Jewish bluegrass night.
      Suggested donation: $10 (includes refreshments). Andy is back
      tonight after a 2-week hiatus while caring for his mother who had a
      ruptured appendix - may she have a complete and speedy recovery.
      More info: call the shul at 212-242-6425 or see

      Also Dec 8 at 8 pm Simply Tsfat Concert at The JCC in
      Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St. Cost: $15. Contact: 646-
      505-5708 or http://jccmanhattan.org

      Saturday, Dec 10 at 8PM is the 10th Anniversary pre-Chanukah
      Cantorial Concert, featuring Cantors Leon Kahn of the Washington
      Heights Congregation, Joseph Malovany, Benzion Miller and Yaakov
      Motzen, accompanied by Daniel Gildar. Also featuring The Belz
      School of Jewish Music Choral Ensemble, under the direction of
      Cantor Eric Freeman. Tickets: $22 in advance; $25 at the door.
      Call 212-923-4407 or email belzschool@...

      Also Dec 10 Simply Tsfat performs in West Orange, NJ, at
      Congregation AABJ&D. http://simplytsfat.com

      Sunday, December 11 7-11pm the Chabad pre-Chanukah Telethon:
      entertainers help the National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish
      Education to fight the spread of illegal drugs and AIDS, and to
      support education initiatives. Tune in to the great Jewish music
      all day, live on the web - http://tolife.com - or on WLNY TV-55 -
      see website for local channel: http://wlny.com/def2-channelguide.html

      Also Dec 11 at 2pm The American Seminary for Contemporary
      Judaism's SECOND ANNUAL CHANUKAH CONCERT, in Baldwin, NY: at The
      Baldwin Jewish Center, 15 East Seaman Ave. Featuring: Israeli &
      Yiddish folk music, cantorial recitatives, operatic arias and
      Broadway show tunes. Tickets: $18. For more info call the Seminary
      Office 516-223-0375 or see http://theascj.org

      Also Dec 11 at 7pm, the AFRO-SEMITIC EXPERIENCE, at Temple
      Beth Rishon, 585 Russell Avenue, Wyckoff, NJ. More info: call 203-
      392-6630 http://chevan.addr.com

      Also Dec 11 at 1:30pm come celebrate Reva L'Sheva's 6th
      CD "Ve'sham Nashir" - the band is on tour from Israel, performing
      with special guest Dov Rosenblatt of Blue Fringe, in Teaneck, NJ, at
      The Pasta Factory, 1400 Palisade Ave. Cost (includes buffet) - $15
      in advance; $20 at the door. For more info call 201-837-1000 and
      see http://revalsheva.com

      Also Dec 11 at 4PM Neshama Carlebach performs in Brooklyn:
      at The East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Ave. More info: call
      718-338-3800 http://neshamacarlebach.com
      **NOTE: See Below

      Also Dec 11 Simply Tsfat performs at Chabad of Dix Hills
      Eighth Annual Awards Dinner, Huntington Town House, in Huntington
      Station, NY. http://simplytsfat.com

      Monday, Dec 12 at 8PM is the weekly Off-Broadway "A Match
      Made In Manhattan, The Interactive Jewish Wedding Experience." At
      The Actors Temple, 339 West 47th Street (b/w 8th and 9th Aves.)
      Join in for the 'shmorg', the 'chupah', dancing, comedy, and the
      drama of it all. Admission: $65 (includes wine and 3-course gourmet
      meal by Dougies). More info: 201-567-6664 or

      Tuesday, Dec 13 Neshama Carlebach in concert, exclusively
      for students at the Stern College for Women, 245 Lexington Ave. b/w
      34th and 35th St. http://neshamacarlebach.com

      Thursday, Dec 15 @8pm, Soul Searching, a Jewish musical
      about a single Jewish woman struggling to find her match and her
      true spiritual place in the world. Now in previews until Jan 1, at
      the 45th Street Theater, 354 W45 St, b/w 8th and 9th Aves. With
      music and lyrics by Avi Kunstler, along with a 4-piece rock band.
      Every Thurs @8 PM, Sat @9PM, and Sun @3PM & 7:30PM. Tickets: $30
      (book online with code "December" and get a $10 discount). Call 212-
      352-3101 or http://blackboxe.com
      **NOTE: See Below

      Friday, Dec 16 at 5PM Neshama Carlebach leads a Kabbalat
      Shabbat service for women only, in West Hartford, CT: at the Beth
      David Synagogue, 20 Dover Rd. More info: call 860-235-1241. Then
      Saturday night, December 17 at 7:30PM Neshama and her band in
      concert at the shul. For reservations, call 860-236-1241
      **NOTE: See Below

      Saturday Dec 17 at 8:30 pm, Nishmat Hatzafon invites Jewish
      women of all ages and backgrounds to "Hamavdil," featuring dancers,
      singers, musicians and poets, exploring the theme of transition
      through motifs and aspects of havdalah. in Washington Heights: the
      Mt. Sinai Jewish Center, 135 Bennett Ave @ 187 St. Cost: $10
      (includes a light dinner; proceeds go to the shul). For more info:

      Also Dec 17, 8-11pm "Jewish Soul Celebration" - Join Ayecha
      for a spectacular, first-ever, musical journey celebrating the music
      of Jews of Color, from Israel, Africa, and the US. Featuring Joshua
      Nelson and the Kosher Gospel Singers, Danny Maseng, BINA Ethiopian
      Dance Troupe, and Yoel Ben-Simhon and the Sultana Ensemble. At
      Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St. Tickets: $55, $35 or $27
      (or $20 check day of show for availability) - call 212-864-5400 or
      visit box office and see http://ayecha.org or

      Sunday, December 18 @ 3pm the Seth Nadel Band and Blue
      Fringe perform at the Jewish Marketplace, Jacob Javitz Center. Free
      w/admission to the Convention. http://sethnadel.com

      Also Dec 18 11:30am-2:30pm Basya from Pharaoh's Daughter
      performs at the 92nd St Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. Info: 212-415-5500
      or http://pharaohsdaughter.com
      **NOTE: See Below

      Also Dec 18, at 7:30pm Fourth Annual Tribute
      Concert, "Helfgot Sings Koussevitzky and More" featuring Yitzchak
      Meir Helfgot, Chief cantor of the Park East Synagogue, accompanied
      by members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Yuval
      Choir from Israel. At Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall, 132 W 65th
      St. Both separate and family seating available. For tickets ($36
      and up) call 718-851-3226 or email cantorsworld@... or at

      Also Dec 18 at 1PM Neshama Carlebach performs in Woodmere,
      NY: Congregation Sons of Israel, 111 Irving Pl. Performance and
      luncheon to benefit Sulam. Info: call 516-374-0655 or
      **NOTE: See Below

      Tuesday, Dec 20 at 8:30PM Neshama Carlebach performs 2 sets
      at Makor, 35 West 67 St (between Columbus & Central Park). Call 212-
      601-1000 http://neshamacarlebach.com
      **NOTE: See Below

      Wednesday, December 21, 8-9pm the AFRO-SEMITIC EXPERIENCE,
      WPKN Live Radio Broadcast. Admission is free at WPKN studios, but
      reservations are required: (203) 331-9756 http://chevan.addr.com

      Thursday, December 22 at 7:30 pm Chaim David performs w/
      Yaakov Dov Miller, in Monsey: at the Mayerfelds, 15 Lyncrest Dr,
      parallel to Forshay Rd. Parking on the street. Suggested Donation:
      $25; students: $20. Supporting the Gush Katif Fund, providing
      primary material aid and mental health & crisis services to the
      evacuees of Gush Katif. More info: call 845-548–2357

      Also December 22, 2005 @ 8pm Rashanim and Brewed by Noon
      perform in Park Slope, Brooklyn: at Barbes, 376 9th St. @6th Ave.
      Featuring Sean Noonan (drums), Jon Madof (guitar), Aram Bajakian
      (guitar), Thierno Camara (bass, vocals). Info: 718.965.9177
      http://jonmadof.com and http://barbesbrooklyn.com

      Saturday, December 24 at 7:30pm Chanukah Mystical Melave
      Malka at the Hebrew Insitute of Riverdale, 3700 Henry Hudson Pkwy.
      Featuring Rav Uri Top with guest musicians, food, and the deepest
      words of torah for a spiritual evening under candlelight, as we
      prepare for the light of Chanukah. Free admission. Sponsored in
      memory of Sol Scheiner. More info: call 718-796-4730 or see

      Jewish Music Album of the Week: 3 years ago I reviewed "Open
      the Gates: New American-Jewish Music for Prayer," but it has just
      been reissued with a new cover of original artwork and revised liner
      notes. Folk-Music Historian, Writer and Lecturer Robert Cohen
      compiles Jewish songs from 18 different artists across the spectrum
      of Jewish music, from Safam to Shlomo Carlebach, ranging from the
      Fabrangen Fiddlers to the original rabbinic rock of the Diaspora
      Yeshiva Band to the modern a cappella of Beat'achon. Some familiar
      classics include the popular Shalom Aleichem by Regesh, Eits Chayim
      (sung in many shuls as the Torah is put away), Havdala as done by
      Debbie Friedman, and another version by Dveykus. But you'll also
      find rare gems, like the meditative "Beyond Twelve Gates" by Michael
      Shapiro, a prolific songwriter for decades, who is virtually unknown
      outside his circle. Supplementing the music, Cohen utilizes his
      extensive musical background in a full pamphlet of liner notes, with
      his theory on the nature of Jewish music, and of course info on
      every artist. Purchase online: http://cdbaby.com/openthegates

      Have a good Shabbos!

      Gili Houpt

      *NOTE: For all the above events so noted, the issue of Kol Isha may
      apply; consult your local Rabbinic authority for more info, and see
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