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Jewish Music with Isralight

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  • Gili Houpt
    Dear friends, I m involved with this great organization called Isralight, which brings spirituality to Jews of all religious backgrounds, and in addition to
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 7, 2002
      Dear friends,

      I'm involved with this great organization called Isralight,
      which brings spirituality to Jews of all religious backgrounds, and
      in addition to the profound wisdom and friendly atmosphere, another
      component of the programs is the music. Every Tuesday night we have
      an event with food, lectures, and a jam session. This Shabbos I'll
      be leading a shalesheudos program with lots of great singing and a
      musical havdalah. And in the winter we have two spiritual retreats
      in Florida, one in December and the other in February (join me at a
      midnight kumsitz around the bonfire). There are still spots left,
      but they're going fast and the airfare is getting more expensive, so
      check it out asap: http://www.isralight.org

      Tonight, Thursday, Nov 7 at 8pm Yeshiva University presents
      Battle of the Bands at its Schottenstein Cultural Center, 239 E34
      St. Mizrach, Shaz, Aspaklaria, and 5 other bands will perform and
      compete for a spot at the annual YU Chanukah concert on Dec 5. For
      more info, see http://www.yuconcert.com/botb.html !!!See my review
      below for the debut album from the new band Mizrach!!!

      Also tonight, 7:30pm-1:30am Gideon Sword, Jewish hard-rock
      group, is playing at the Brooklyn College Battle of the Bands, at
      Brooklyn College, 2901 Campus Rd. Admission: $7 - a portion will be
      going to charity. **Valid College picture ID Required** For more
      info see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gideonsword

      Saturday, November 9 at 9:15am, I will be giving the drasha
      and leading the davening with lots of singing at the Old Broadway
      Shul, "The place where you can make a difference." This is the last
      remaining congregation in Harlem, and it's a big mitzvah if you can
      show up to help make a minyan (and also enjoy a great hot kiddush!)
      The shul is located on 15 Old Broadway, one half block east of
      Broadway between 125th and 126th St. See

      Later Shabbos afternoon, November 9 at 4:30pm I will be
      leading a shalesheudos (third meal) with Isralight at the home of
      Hilary Unger, 257 W86 St #5C, between West End & Bdwy. There will
      be food, words of Torah, and of course some incredible singing (it's
      always the highest just when Shabbos is ending). We'll end with a
      musical havdallah service

      Saturday night November 9 at 7:45pm there is kumsitz at the
      Washington Heights Congregation aka the Bridge Shul, 815 W179 St @
      Pinehurst Ave. Rabbi Jonah Bookstein went to live in Poland with
      his family for four years, and he has lots of great stories and
      songs to share. For more info call Eric Feinstein at 212-923-8279

      Also November 9 at 8PM, Klezmatics are playing at Bergen
      Community College, 400 Paramus Rd in Paramus, NJ. Tickets are $22
      ($18 for students). Call to confirm: 201-447-7428 or see

      Also November 9 at 8:30pm Israel Emergency Solidarity Fund
      presents "Sounds of Solidarity" featuring Shalsheles and Shwekey,
      with Israeli singer Yishai Lapidot, at the Colden Center for the
      Performing Arts at Queens College. Tickets start at $18 and can be
      purchased at Judaica stores or by calling 877-812-7162

      Monday, Nov 11, 8pm, Seth Glass with David Gedzelman, both
      incredible singer-songwriters, playing original Jewish folk music,
      at Makor, 35 W.67 St. Cost: $12. For more info: 212-601-1000 or
      http://www.makor.org and http://sethglass.com

      Also November 11 9-11pm Jon Madoff's klezmer band Rahsanim
      performing at Tagine, 537 9th Ave (between 39th and 40th) Cost:
      $5. More info call the club at 212-564-7292 or see

      Tuesday Nov 12 at 7pm it's a 30 minute Jewish music jam
      session (bring instruments) along with food from Darna, to introduce
      the weekly Isralight program. At 7:30 special guest lecturer Rabbi
      David Aaron, founder of Isralight, visiting from Israel. Then at
      9pm I'm starting a new three-week series on Prayer, as part of of my
      lecture/discussion "Judaism for the Soul" from Rabbi Aaron's
      teachings. It's all at WSIS, 120 W76 St.

      Also Nov 12 at 8pm, Makor presents the Collective Kivun
      Project with four NY-based Israeli composers present works featuring
      various chamber ensembles, solo performances and vocal music. The
      compositions are inspired by Jewish texts and liturgy, traditional
      melodies, Hebrew poetry and the political realities in Israel today.
      The music reflects diverse musical trends and is influenced by
      popular music, jazz and traditional Jewish music. At Makor, 35 W.67
      St. Cost: $15. For more info: 212-601-1000 or

      Wednesday, Nov 13 at 9pm, David Krakaur's Klezmer madness at
      Makor, 35 W.67 St. They will be joined by special guest Jewish
      D.J. "So-Called" — whose underground masterpiece The
      Hip-Hop Seder
      has rocked the Jewish world. Cost: $15. For more info: 212-601-
      1000 or http://www.makor.org or

      Thursday Nov 14 at 8pm Andy Statman plays Music of the
      Mystics with his Trio at the Greenwich Village Synagogue, 53 Charles
      St near W4 St. Also catch him there every Monday night playing
      Jewish bluegrass. Suggested donation: $10 (includes refreshments).
      For more info call the shul at 212-242-6425 or see

      Friday, Nov 15, Chaim Dovid is leading the davening and
      spending Shabbos with Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, and
      playing a Melaveh Malka Saturday night at 8pm to celebrate the tenth
      anniversary of shul. He still has some dates open, so if you're
      interested in booking a Chaim Dovid concert, email

      Saturday, November 16 at 7:45PM Bsamim, one of today's most
      exciting Jewish pop/rock groups, performing at Cong. Ramat Orah 550
      W110 St. between B-way & Amsterdam. Opening Act: Chopped Liver, in
      their reunion concert, playing their mix of classic rock and Jewish
      folk music. Tickets: $10, at the door. For more info, see
      http://www.bsamim.com and http://chopped-liver.com

      Also November 16 at 11:30pm Soulfarm at Lion's Den, 214
      Sullivan St. For advance tickets, goto http://www.cegmusic.com and
      see http://soulfarm.net

      Sunday, November 17 at 3PM First Annual Jerry Smith Memorial
      Concert featuring Cantor Jacob Mendelson and Cantor Alberto Mizrahi
      with piano accompaniment by Cantor Daniel Gildar, at the
      Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, 250th St & Henry
      Hudson Parkway, Bronx. Contribution $25, Student: $15. For ticket
      info call the shul at 718-543-8400.

      Also November 17th at 8pm Yossi Green with Shlomo Simcha,
      Gershon Veroba, Yaron Gershovsky and more, at Lincoln Center's Alice
      Tully Hall. For info, call 877-628-2598

      Saturday, Nov 23 at 7:30pm Chaim Dovid performing at
      Riverdale Jewish Center, 3700 Independence Avenue. Admission: $20/
      $15 for students.

      Also Nov 23 at 8:15pm the Cantorial Council of America
      presents a pre-Chanukah concert at PS 187, 349 Cabrini Blvd (between
      187 & 190 St) in Washington Heights, featuring Cantors Motzen, Rand,
      Weingarten and the choir of Khal Adath Yeshurun. Cost: $20 (22 at
      door). More info, call 212-923-4407

      Jewish Music Album of the Week: a great new band just hit
      the Jewish music scene with their self-titled debut, Mizrach. The
      three Weinberg brothers, playing guitar, keyboard and drums,
      respectively, have great chemistry with each other (that's what
      happens when you grow up jamming together for over a decade). There
      are nine songs, all originals, with Hebrew words from the Psalms and
      prayers, and the influence of Shlomo Carlebach, whom they cite as a
      musical inspiration. The plaintive "Shema Hashem" with its vocal
      harmonies sets a mood for prayer (also listen for that guitar solo
      in the middle of the song). And their "Lecha Dodi" and "Hinei Keyl"
      provide great bookends to start off Shabbos joyfully and end it
      still rocking. Check out Mizrach tonight at the YU Battle of the
      Bands, and hear their music on the web at http://mizrach.com

      Have a great Shabbos!

      Gili Houpt
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