Music Programs 2015-2016
NAVA TEHILA* COMES TO SCARSDALE SYNAGOGUE
SATURDAY, MAY 21 10:00 A.M.
Open to Everyone...Bring a Friend!
All the way from Jerusalem, this unique and inspiring music ensemble will lead us in Shabbat Morning prayers using their blend of accessible and soulful melodies. The Nava Tehila ensemble is an off-shoot of the Nava Tehila Jewish Renewal Congregation in Jerusalem that has gained a reputation for its original and uplifting music, that can now be heard and sung in synagogues across Israel and throughout the globe.
Click here to listen to L'Cha Dodi
(Click below for Oseh Shalom Video Clip)
RSVP for the Lunch
While all are welcome to join us and RSVPs are never needed for services, we would love to know that you are planning on attending so that we can prepare enough for lunch. Kindly do that by filling out the form on this page by May 17.
*This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Hershaft Music Fund.
Official Video Clip of Oseh Shalom
MEMBERS OF THE ENSEMBLE
Daphna Rosenberg – Vocals and Guitar
After travelling the world for many years as a wandering troubadour, Daphna returned to Israel and reconnected to her Jewish roots through music. Daphna composes music to prayers and Israeli poetry, and is a main prayer leader in the Nava Tehila Jewish Renewal community in Jerusalem. Daphna has specialized in musically leading Circle of Life ceremonies – such as births, Bar/Bat mitzvas and weddings. In her music one can hear the influence of folk and rock with a touch of Klezmer. Daphna is active in the area of spiritual care for the ill, in creating heart-to- heart connections between people and in dialogue circles between Israelis and Palestinians. Her compositions to prayers have become popular in communities throughout the world.
Yoel Sykes – Vocals and Guitar
Yoel studied music at the Center for Eastern Music in Jerusalem. He is a main prayer leader at Nava Tehila community. He has composed tens of melodies to prayers, ranging from simple chants to complex musical pieces. Some of these can be heard on the Nava Tehila albums Dancing in the Glory and Waking Heart. Yoel's music shows the influence of rock and blues, reggae and flamenco, Arabic, Moroccan and African music. He is a master of improvisation and an extraordinary vocal soloist, as well as a talented leader of spiritual prayer circles.
Jeremy Marais – Saxophone
Jérémy grew up in the french Alps, he started to study saxophone at age 10. He has travelled and lived in many places around the world and joined bands wherever he was (Israel, Spain, Portugal, England, Senegal, Mali, India, Colombia...). He is now living with his Israeli wife, Sarah, in Oregon where he keeps practicing, composing and performing. Jeremy played saxophone in Nava Tehila's first album, "Dancing in the Glory & quot;.
Moshe Kedem – Percussion
Moshe is a drummer and a percussionist who specializes in Middle Eastern instruments. His playing is influenced by the Middle-Eastern, Indian, Turkish and Balkan traditions. He is a student of world renowned Israeli percussionist Zohar Fresco. Moshe graduated from the Ethnic Music School at Bar Ilan University and is now completing his Masters in Musical Therapy. Moshe plays, records and performs with different ensembles in Israel and is exploring the connection between music, rhythm and healing.
Courtesy of the Nava Tehila Website:
"Nava Tehila’s musical spiritual leaders generate new prayer modalities, compose new music for prayer, and train Jewish leaders, including rabbis, cantors and students, in the art of musical and innovative prayer leading. The Nava Tehila leaders travel to Reform, Conservative and other communities in Israel, the US and Europe to share the ideas that have proven so successful in drawing in not only non-affiliated Jews, but also speaking to long term members of these communities.
We have produced two albums of music for Shabbat and High Holidays prayers, and run a resource website that offers prayer leaders free access to sheet music and recordings of our new material.
Our prayers are egalitarian and inclusive. We welcome people of other religions and "spiritual, but not religious" people who want to pray and sing with us. Our prayer is experiential because we are constantly seeking ways of connection to the Living God in each and every moment. "
NIGHT OF MUSIC AND JOY
November 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.; Temple Israel of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Blvd, New Rochelle, NY)
Click to view the flyer.
Come join Cantor Becker in a Westchester-wide celebration of music and community.
Register/Pay online at www.wjcouncil.org OR Pay by check to the Westchester Jewish Council
Shabbat Shira 5776 Sermon in Song
FRIDAY JANUARY 22 8PM
Join Cantor Becker and Cantor Gerald Cohen to celebrate the music of the Book of Psalms. The Psalms, many of which were purportedly written by King David himself, offer us poetry that taps into the gamut of human emotion including fear, joy, sorrow, and pride. A joint choir will help the cantors bring these texts to life.
Calling Adults and Teens Who Love to Sing!
Join Cantor Becker and Cantor Gerald Cohen to create a joint choir with Shaarei Tikvah in preparation for a sermon in-song to be delivered at Shabbat services on Friday night, January 22 at 8:00 P.M.
We will rehearse on Wednesdays: DECEMBER 16, JANUARY 6, JANUARY 13 and JANUARY 20 at 7:30 PM and explore the beauty of Psalms.
All who love to sing Jewish music are welcome to join us. Please contact Cantor Becker if you have any questions.