December 5, 1912

Aviva Chernick CD release, Toronto, Canada, 5 Dec 2012

CD coverJoin Aviva and the ensemble for this evening of celebration.

Wednesday, December 5th. Doors at 7:30. Concert at 8:00.
918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media & Education
918 Bathurst (One and a half blocks north of Bloor on the west side) Parking on the street.
Toronto, Ontario M5R3G5

A celebration of the new album of originals........
when i arrived you were already there.
Nine beautiful tracks complete this soulful collection.
For this special evening there will be a concert of the album's songs as well as new music yet to be recorded.

Transcendent vocals matched to light, instrumental textures, gentle harmonies, sublime solos, playful rivers of rhythm, heavily spiritual in nature.
You may even find yourself singing along.

Ernie Tollar (bansuri, bass flute, nay), Joel Schwartz (resonator guitar, electric guitar), Rakesh Tewari (percussion), Aaron Lightstone (oud, saz), Maryem Tollar (vocals), Sundar Viswanathan (vocals).

Tickets: $15 in advance online at BrownPaperTickets.
$20 at the door.
CDs for sale at the venue: $20 for one, $30 for two

Like Aviva' artist page to find out more.

Thank you to our Community Partners:
Small World Music
The Ashkenaz Foundation
Koffler Centre of the Arts

Event page on Facebook

March 29, 2005

Kabbalah Kirtan, NYC, Mar 29

Congregation B'nai Jeshurun invites you to join them in
A Celebration of Kabbalah Kirtan with Yofiyah!

YofiYah is the creator of Kabbalah Kirtan and has recently released the acclaimed CD, "Kiss the Beloved: Kabbalah Kirtan"

Tuesday, MARCH 29th, 2005
admission: FREE!

Congregation B'nai Jeshurun
257 West 88th Street
begins promptly at 7pm

More info: (212) 787-7600

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April 21, 2005

Downtown Seder, NYC, Apr 21

seder logoThe Downtown Seder
Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 6:30pm< br /> 48 Wall Street (at William Street), Grand Ballroom New York City
Tickets are $135

To order tickets call 212-608-0555 or go to

For further information contact:
Slava Gordon 212-608-0555
Michael Dorf 917-613-8333
The Art Exchange, c/o D.A.D. 67 Hudson Street/1 Jay St. NY, NY 10013

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September 21, 2005

Yuval Ron Ensemble, Los Angeles, CA, Sep 21

World Festival of Sacred Music Presents:
Mystical Music of the Middle East
The Yuval Ron Ensemble

Sufi, Jewish and Armenian Sacred Music
Whirling Dervish
Arabic vocalist
Najwa Gibran
Armenian Woodwind Legend
Yeghish Manukian

September 21, 2005 | 7:00 PM | Alfred Newman Recital Hall
General Public: $15
USC Faculty/Staff, Senior Citizens: $10
USC Students w/ Valid ID: $5

USC Spectrum presents the Yuval Ron Ensemble as part of the World Festival of Sacred Music
taking place in Los Angeles September 17-October 2. crossing neighborhoods, cultural, religious and ideological boundaries in the spirit of world peace. The performance will be held in intimate Alfred Newman Recital Hall and tickets are selling fast.

Please call 213.740.2167 for more information.

December 2, 2005

Yuval Ron Ensemble, Pasadena, CA, Dec 2

Friday , December 2, 2005 at 8 PM
Cal Tech Performance Arts Series Presents:

Mystical Music of the Middle East
devotional music, sacred movement ritual, folklore dance, stories and poetry

A Concert With
The Yuval Ron Ensemble
vocalist Najwa Gibran
master woodwind player Yeghish Manukian
and guests: Whirling Dervish AZIZ and Arabic Folklore dancer: Tamra-henna

Location: Cal Tech, Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena on Michigan Avenue, south of Del Mar Boulevard in Pasadena.
Tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for youth (seating is unreserved)
Ticket office: or 626-395-4652
For more info: 626-395-4652 or visit

December 3, 2005

Kabbalah Kirtan, Philadelphia, PA, Dec 3

Kabbalah Kirtan
Saturday, December 3 at 8pm
Yoga on Main
4363 Main St., Manayunk (Philadelphia, PA 19119)
admission $15

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Yuval Ron Ensemble, Venice, CA, Dec 3

Saturday, December 3, 2005 at 8:30 PM
Sacred Movement Yoga Presents:

Sacred Music of the Middle East
An intimate concert of devotional music and sound meditation
The Yuval Ron Ensemble
featuring vocalist
Najwa Gibran

Location: 245 South Main Street, Venice, CA 90291
(Between Rose Avenue and Navy Street.)
Parking: Convenient underground parking;
enter from Navy Street. $1.50 for 2 hours with validation
Admission: $18 (SPACE is LIMITED!)
Reservations and more info: (310) 450-7676

December 4, 2005

Interfaith concert of Psalms and sacred music, Brookline, MA, Dec 4

Interfaith concert of Psalms and sacred music coming to Temple Beth Zion on Sunday December 4th. The concert will begin at 5:00 pm and will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity to talk with the musicians.
This concert will feature sacred and liturgical Muslim, Jewish and Christian music in an inspirational musical exploration.
Through music and spirituality, we celebrate the similarities between our faiths and continue to build bridges of understanding and trust.

Sunday, December 4, at 5 PM
Temple Beth Zion, 1566 Beacon Street, Brookline.

Tickets: $18; $16 for seniors and full-time students.
$2 discount if tickets are purchased by November 30.
To purchase tickets, contact the RUAH office at 617-277-0036, or mail your check, made out to RUAH, to RUAH at 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline MA 02445.

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December 8, 2005

Zev Feldman directs: Music of the Mevlevi Dervishes, NYC, Dec 8

Walter Zev Feldman, Artistic Director
Lalezar Ensemble | Reha Sagbas, Music Director

Thu, Dec 8, 8pm, $30
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue @ 92nd Street
Tickets & Info: or 212-415-5500

Pre-conference lecture by Dr. Feldman at 7:15pm

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December 11, 2005

Neshama Carlebach, Brooklyn, NY, Dec 11

Dec. 11th 2005 4PM
Club Oasis in East Midwood Jewish Center 1625 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 718-338-3800

$25.00 - Students & Seniors $20.00 Kids 12 & Under Free
submit: send email

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December 14, 2005

Divan screened, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 14

divan posterJoin Yiddishkayt Los Angeles, Workmen's Circle, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Jewish Community Library of L.A., and Jewish Genealogical Society of L.A. for Divan, presented by Director Pearl Gluck, with Q&A following the screening.

Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 PM
Jewish Community Library of Los Angeles
6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90048
Parking in lot immediately west of building and on the street

Free Admission, Limited Seating, RSVP Required
Call 323-761-8648 or email for reservations

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March 24, 2006

Kabbalah Kirtan, Philadelphia, PA, Mar 24

Spring cleaning for the soul!

Let¹s sing away those winter blues and make inner space for the coming of

Kabbalah Kirtan
Friday, March 24 at 8pm
Yoga on Main
4363 Main St., Manayunk (Philadelphia, PA 19119)
admission $15
Yofiyah (voice), Aaron Rosenbloom (tabla and frame drum), Judah Prince
(harmonium and synthesizer)

Throughout history and across cultures, chanting creates joy and dissolves stress. Ancient Kabbalists had a deep understanding of this practice. Enjoy an evening¹s journey with Yofiyah, internationally-known voice of this mystical art form and innovator of the East/West fusion: Kabbalah Kirtan. Allow the rhythmic pleasure of call and response singing to open your heart and awaken your soul. Experience the power of the Hebrew language, enveloped by a rich and evocative musical tapestry of multiple voices, harmonium and drums.

April 7, 2006

Kirtan w/ Kamaniya & Yofiyah, NYC, Apr 7

oin us FRIDAY April 7th for this unique & joyous evening of
Sanskrit & Hebrew universal chants celebrating the ONE TRUTH!
Please forward this to anyone you think might appreciate itŠ
Hope to see you there!

Infinite Song Productions & Integral Yoga Institute present

Ecstatic Chant

* Kirtan with *
Kamaniya & Yofiyah

Friday, April 7th 8-10pm doors close 8:30pm $10

Location: Integral Yoga Institute
227 W 13th St., NYC (btw 7th & 8th Aves) | 212.929.0586 |

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April 9, 2006

DÜNYA’s Ali Ufki Sacred Music Project, Boston, MA, Apr 9

I am delighted to invite you to DÜNYA’s Ali Ufki Sacred Music Project, an interfaith concert of Psalms and sacred music coming to the Boston Center for the Arts, Cyclorama at 539 Tremont St, Boston on Sunday April 9th at 3pm. Free admission.

This inspirational musical exploration will include 17th c. Psalm Settings in French, Hassidic Nigguns, Turkish Maftirim Songs in Hebrew, Greek Orthodox Hymns, Turkish Sufi Songs and Instrumental Music. For more information about DÜNYA and the Ali Ufki Sacred Music Project read below or visit us on line at

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Debbie Friedman, Seder for Darfur, Los Angeles, CA, Apr 9

Debbie Friedman will be among the participants at A Seder for Darfur at the UCLA Hillel, 574 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Tickets are $125, $500, and $1000 and All proceeds benefit the global humanitarian efforts of Jewish World Watch for Darfur, Sudan. For more information call 818-501-1836 or click here

April 22, 2006

A Breath Beyond, Newton, MA, Apr 22

October 30, 2009

The Kirtan Rabbi, Free Synagogue of Flushing, NY, October 30, 2009

Free Synagogue of Flushing will present a one-of-a-kind musical event featuring the Kirtan Rabbi on Friday,
October 30, 8 PM, at 41-60 Kissena Boulevard (between Main Street and Sanford Ave.), Flushing, Queens. Admission is FREE.
Rabbi Andrew Hahn, known as the Kirtan Rabbi, weaves traditional Jewish liturgy and musical modes into the increasingly popular call-and-response form of singing called Kirtan. Originally from India, Kirtan is described as "a form of chant designed to heighten participation, communal feeling and ecstatic communion with the divine." Kirtan calls for full participation from the audience and promises to be an uplifting experience. Some free parking available adjacent to synagogue. For more information, call 718-961-0030 or visit

October 23, 2010

Shir L'Shalom & Mi Yodea melaveh malkah, Chicago, IL, 23 Oct 2010

Melaveh Malkah Young Israel of West Rogers Park- 2706 w touhy Chicago, IL 10/23 9 PM featuring Shir L'Shalom (Ken Burnstein, Ruby Harris, Al Goldberg) and Mi Yodea (Phil Isaacson, Ann Gross, M Hurley, Sue and Ellie Kaplan) and a jam featuring members of both bands and....? $10 suggested donation. Free soda, chips, etc, & pizza for purchase. ... the adventure in home made Jewish music (straight from the heart) continues. 6'th mi yodea show and we're still here—boruch Hashem. I'm particularly looking forward to jamming with Ruby and (mitziut drum circle co-leader) Al at end of evening as well. "Mi Yodea" is on first—around 9.

October 21, 2012

Joey Weisenberg Ensemble, New York, NY, 21 October 2012

New Brooklyn Jewish Music with the Joey Weisenberg Ensemble
Part of the Museum at Eldridge Street Lost & Found Music Series

A rising star of the Brooklyn music scene, Joey Weisenberg pays homage to his roots. His ensemble puts a new spin on nigunim – Jewish melodies, prayers and chants that are by turns haunting and ecstatic – organically blending Balkan, soul, bluegrass, and other musical traditions. The historic Eldridge Street Synagogue is the perfect venue for this inspired blend of ancient and cutting edge.

This concert continues the Museum's fall Lost & Found Music Series highlighting the sacred music traditions of the Golden Age of Cantorial Music.

Sunday, October 21, at 3 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002

Tickets: $20 adults; $15 students and seniors; $50 for 3
concerts in the series.
By subway: D to Grand Street; F to East Broadway

July 20, 2013

Jewlia Eisenberg, Shabbat Services, Berkeley, CA, 20 Jul 2013

Cave ConcertsJewlia Eisenberg

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10:30am
Island Picnic Area
Tilden Park
Berkeley, CA

For everyone you know who wants a Jewish yet inclusive wedding, rooted in tradition and welcoming in spirit, check out Jewlia's cantorial avatar: Jewlia is leading relaxed, song-based Shabbat services in the park for Aquarian Minyan. BYO Ice Tea and a blanket! You definitely don't need to be Jewish, welcome to all, come by if you like to sing outdoors.

March 16, 2014

Shira Yoga and Chant Workshop @ BJMF, Brookline, MA, 16 Mar 2014

Shira Yoga and Chant Workshop

Sun, Mar 16, 3:00pm
Down Under Yoga
1054 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA

Shira Yoga is a new practice that integrates two authentic pathways: yoga and the global Jewish music of Piyut. Drawing inspiration from the beautiful, sustained culture of Jews from North Africa, the Middle East, India, and beyond, this workshop will provide a flexible space for aspiring yogis of all levels to explore the richness of Jewish creativity and spirituality. Awaken the body, heart, and mind through centering movement, live music and guided chanting of devotional music from Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Persia, and other places Jews lived for centuries. Co-presented by Piyut North America, the Boston Jewish Music Festival and New Center NOW.

Registration: $18 in advance $20 at the door. Click here for tickets. LIMITED TO 30 PEOPLE.

More info:

March 27, 2014

Kol Libeinu, Concord, MA, 27 Mar, 2014

Kol Libeinu Band

Thu, Mar 27, 2014, 8pm
Luminosity Studio (above Nashoba Bakery)
152 Commonwealth Ave
Concord, MA

Tickets: $18/advance; $20/door

September 16, 2016

Nariya - Shabbat Sing Out, Brookline, MA, 16 Sep 2016

Nariya—the Shabbat Sing Out

Fri, Sep 16, 2016, 6pm – 7:45pm
Temple Beth Zion
Beacon St.
Brookline, MA

Nariya is entering its second season at TBZ! Come raise your voices, move your bodies, and catch your breathe as we create a circle of sound to welcome in Shabbat together. After Ma'ariv at 7:45, we will have a communal potluck followed by z'mirot (more singing).

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September 18, 2016

"Under the Wings of Rafa'el" book/cd launch, San Francisco, CA, 18 Sep 2016

I am overjoyed to share with you that the healing project I've been working on for the past few years—Under the Wings of Rafa'el: Blessings, Songs, and Explorations for a Healing Journey—is now complete! This project that began as a set of impromptu materials for a congregant undergoing chemotherapy, has developed into a small book with accompanying recordings (or recordings accompanied by a small book …). It includes 12 prayers focused on the healing of body and spirit, with explorations around the text of each prayer in the form of contemplations, meditations, visualizations, and artistic exercises, and is designed to be used in a variety of ways by people at different stages of emotional and physical healing, and with groups as well as individuals.

If you are able, I would dearly love you to join me at the launch event:

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 4-6pm
Congregation Sha'ar Zahav,
290 Dolores,
San Francisco, CA

We'll sing together, do some of the readings/artistic exercises from the book together, and have a good nosh.

This project has been made possible due to the extreme generosity and support of the Lloyd Symington Foundation, and also to all of you who taught, mentored, supported, nurtured, nourished, and helped in a myriad of ways. Thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

More info about the project can be found on my website: