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Jewish Music Workshop Series

We are proud to introduce the Jewish Music Workshop Series via Zoom on various topics of Jewish music and vocal/choral development led by guest musical artists, both Jewish and secular. These 1-hour workshops are open to the entire congregation, and are both entertaining and educational allowing us to study and interact with some of the most talented composers, performers, and teachers from around the world. This program is intended to expand our knowledge of the breadth of Jewish music, and encourage maximum participation in our music programs at Temple Sinai. All times are PST. 

We are so excited to learn from our guest artists this year and hope you will join us for some or all of these exciting events. 

- Cantor Ilene Keys and Choir Director, George Anton Emblom

to view past workshops in our video showcase. 

Jewish Music Workshop Series 2020-21

Tuesday, October 13, 6:30pm 
Shauna Fallihee presents a workshop on "The Maturing Voice: Strength, Flexibility, and Vocal Health." Learn more about Shauna Fallihee here.

Tuesday, October 27, 1:00pm 
Asaf Ophir, Achi Ben Shalom, and Faisal Zedan present a workshop on Mizrachi (Arabic) Music and its influence on Jewish music (Part 1 of a 3-part series on Jewish music: Mizrachi, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi traditions). 
Learn more about Asaf Ophir here and his group the Levona Ensemble here

Tuesday, November 17, 1:00pm 
Asaf Ophir and Achi Ben Shalom present a workshop on Sephardic/Ladino Music. (Part 2 of a 3-part series on Jewish music: Mizrachi, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi traditions). 

Tuesday, December 1, 6:00pm 
Elana Arian, 
contemporary Jewish music/synagogue composer from NYC shares her music in preparation for her Shabbat service with us on Friday Dec 11, 2020. Learn more about Elana Arian here. 

Tuesday, December 15, 1:00pm 
Asaf Ophir and Dan Cantrell
 on accordion present a workshop on Klezmer music. (Part 3 of a 3-part series on Jewish music: Mizrachi, Sephardic, and Ashkenazi traditions). 

Tuesday, January 12, 6:30pm 
Mendelssohn, Mahler, and Bloch Oh My!!
Choral Director Eric Choate shares with us the life and works of some of the greatest composers of western choral tradition. 

Eric Choate, choral clinician, Artistic Director of San Francisco Boys Chorus and Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in San Francisco shares with us composers of Jewish roots in the western choral tradition: Ernest Bloch, Felix Mendelsohn, and others. Learn more about Eric Choate here.

Tuesday, January 26, 6:30pm 
Rita Lilly,
Choral Director at Mills College, Music Director at Lafayette Christian Church, and Senior Faculty at Pacific Boychoir Academy presents a workshop on "The Voice and the Body including singing techniques, breathing, and vocalizing." Learn more about Rita Lilly here. 
Download handouts The Benefits of Singing, The Benefits of Singing with Others and Healthy Vocal Guidelines.

Tuesday, February 2, 6:00 - 7:30pm 
Yoel Sykes, composer and musician from Nava Tehila Ensemble in Jerusalem, and Chava Mirel, cross-genre singer, guitarist, composer, recording artist, spiritual leader and activist will share their music of hope, connection, and inclusion in preparation for their service with us on Friday Feb 5, 2021. Learn more about Yoel Sykes here and Chava Mirel here

Tuesday, February 9, 6:30pm
Tali Rubinstein, jazz recorder player, vocalist, and composer from Israel and Berklee College of Music joins with Angelo Spampinato, percussionist from Berklee College of Music to present Jazz and Israeli music. Learn more about Tali Rubinstein here. 

Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 pm 
The Levins present Hidden Saints and Drunken Sages: An interactive concert and storytelling exploration of mystic joy. The Levins share original songs and stories of divine joy inspired by Jewish, Sufi and other mystic traditions. The songs and stories promote inclusiveness and love, spanning the gap between generations, gender and geography with good humor and a benevolent spirit. Ira and Julia Levin were long time Bay Area Jewish musicians and Ira used to play in our Mizmor Shir! band. Learn more about the Levins here

Tuesday, March 2, 6:00pm 
Noah Aronson, soulful and energetic composer and performer will lead a music workshop on his compositions. Learn more about Noah Aronson here

Tuesday, March 16, 6:30pm
Dr. Lynne Morrow, Director of the Oakland Symphony Chorus and Director of Voice and Opera/Music Theatre programs at Sonoma State University will present her workshop on "African American Spirituals and Their Role in the 20th Century Freedom Movement." Learn more about Dr. Morrow here.

Tuesday, April 13, 6:00pm 
Eliana Light,
composer, performer, and educator presents "More Meaning, More Spirit, More Love," a workshop in preparation for her scholar-in-residence weekend with us Friday April 16-Sunday April 18, 2021. Learn more about Eliana Light here.  

Thursday, April 15, 6:00pm
The IEC presents Achi Ben Shalom and The History of Israel Through Song; an hour-long program during which famous and defining songs from various periods in Israel's history will be discussed and sung live on zoom. The music will be enriched by images and short video clips.

Tuesday, April 20, 6:00pm
Raqs Baladi: Dance of the Country featuring Bay Area belly dancer Elizabeth Strong accompanied by musicians Rachel Valfer, Faisal Zedan, and Dan Cantrell. Enjoy music and traditional belly dance from the Middle East and Turkey in an hour long performance with cultural and historic background. 

Tuesday, May 11, 6:30pm
The San Francisco Yiddish Combo (SFYC) was formed by accident when a love of Klezmer music collided with their collective backgrounds in every genre except Klezmer. Now the SFYC is embarking on a journey around the world to present their own unique blend of everything that is Klezmer, mixed with years of experience in the worlds of jazz, blues, hip hop and folk. Join us to enjoy Klezmer music for the 21st century!Click here to learn more about SFYC.


Watch videos of the following events on our Vimeo Music Workshop page.

Shabbat Services with guest Jewish composer and musical artist Elana Arian celebrating Hanukkah with Temple Sinai
From Friday, December 11, 2020

Shabbat Morning Services with guest Israeli composers and musical artists Feliza and Rabbi Or Zohar, performers of sacred music from the Galilee. To read more about Feliza and Rabbi Or Zohar click here.
From Saturday, January 16, 2021 

Shabbat in the Round Services with guest Jewish composers and artists Yoel Sykes and Chava Mirel featuring some of Temple Sinai's Shabbat in the Round musicians
From Friday, February 5, 2021

Composer-in-Residence Weekend with Eliana Light
omposer, performer, and educator presents: "More Meaning, More Spirit, More Love." To learn more about our composer in residence, click here.

Shabbat Services Celebrating Israel's Independence Day and Havdalah and concert
From Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17

Wed, September 22 2021 16 Tishrei 5782