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Joy Serves G*d in Joy as a passionate performing percussionist, poet, publisher, photographer, publicist, sound healer, spiritual guide, artist, gardener and Gemini. "Ivdu Et Hashem B'Simcha" -Psalm 100:2 ....... Joy Krauthammer, active in the Jewish Renewal, Feminist, and neo-Chasidic worlds for over three decades, kabbalistically leads Jewish women's life-cycle rituals. ... Workshops, and Bands are available for all Shuls, Sisterhoods, Rosh Chodeshes, Retreats, Concerts, Conferences & Festivals. ... My kavanah/intention is that my creative expressive gifts are inspirational, uplifting and joyous. In gratitude, I love doing mitzvot/good deeds, and connecting people in joy. In the zechut/merit of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, I mamash love to help make our universe a smaller world, one REVEALING more spiritual consciousness, connection, compassion, and chesed/lovingkindness; to make visible the Face of the Divine... VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE and enjoy all offerings.... For BOOKINGS write: joyofwisdom1 at gmail.com, leave a COMMENT below, or call me. ... "Don't Postpone Joy" bear photo montage by Joy. Click to enlarge. BlesSings, Joy

JOYous CHAI LIGHTS, November 2009, Cheshvan, Kislev 5770

Dear Chevre / community,
(no, not "goat cheese"!)

I hope you are all well.
If you have any ideas how to keep Joyous Chai Lights from losing ALL its formatting and photos from month to month, when I copy and paste, PLEASE do let me know.
Updated info is always added every day. If you see errors, do let me know. Thanks.
(For the following month, please change the blog name link from Nov. to December2009.)
If you have any thoughts on what computer I should buy, please let me know. (I'm still on this old laptop and keep it cool with fans and freezer packs, emes.)

For NEW READERS - Welcome, please read long Greeting INTRODUCTION letter at end.  ENJOY

Shabbat shalom blesSings,
Joy Krauthammer
"Ivdu Et HaShem B'Simcha" Psalm 100:2
Serve G*D in Joy

"Then Miriam the Prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels & dances." Exodus 15:20

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Baruch Dayan HaEmet.
Chaiim Yakov ben Michael, z'l, husband of Arielle, my sister, in Wisconsin.
Niftar, 17 Cheshvan 5770. May his memory be for a blessing.
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Chevre, if you are driving to events from valley, please contact me for car pooling.

JOYous CHAI LIGHTS, November 2009, Cheshvan, Kislev 5770 format has changed.

CONTENTS: Exceptional Joyous Chai Lights HAPPENINGS (i.e. spiritual retreats, festivals, news, ARTS, and books are mostly at beginning of this list and some are at the end, and ongoing Chai Lights events (i.e. SHULS, MINYANS, museums, classes) are mostly in the middle, then, HOLY GATHERINGS, ARTS LA, and OUTSIDE LA, and my PERSONAL NOTE near end of JOYous CHAI LIGHTS to learn of my mamash gevaldt /truly glorious rabbis and other teachers or teachings that I love, as well as videos, reviews, musings, etc. More PRESS at end.
Introduction letter now last.


* * * * * * * HAPPENINGS
ARTS, Movies, Festivals, Retreats, Mazal Tovs and News

At very END of site:  because they take up much space:

Read my CD review: "Shlomo Carlebach - Songs of Peace."

Read my film review: "As Seen Through These Eyes."
I share my newest painting with you, visible at the BOTTOM of site.
View my photo collage of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, at bottom.
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This is Reb Shlomo's 15th yahrtzeit, 16 Cheshvan. Here is the Oct. 1994 eulogy Link in honor of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt"l, by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau. See info below for memorials.

http://rebshlomo.org/chevra/in-memoriam-chevra/eulogy-in-honor-of-reb-shlomo-carlebach/
See http://www.onegtv.org/ for Shlomo teachings by disciples.
See Joy's photo collage of Reb Shlomo, zt'l, at bottom.
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Happy Minyan has a Malavah Malkah in Shlomo's memory, Sat. Nov. 7, 8 pm. at Cong. Mogen David, 9717 West Pico Blvd. 90035. See details under Happy Minyan.
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Reb Shlomo Carlebach, Jake Jacobs, Shirley Perluss, Joy Krauthammer
1994 (c) Shira Solomon
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I am thrilled that on the day of Shlomo's 15th yahrtzeit, "KOL CHEVRE" / Voice of the Chevre, has been published (and received from Jerusalem in my LA home. ) I love reading what the Chevre shares about their spiritual lives. My story about Shlomo, and photographs of Reb Aryeh Hirschfield, z'l, have been published. Annual journal can be ordered from Emuna Witt. $20.
emunawitt14@yahoo.com   or emuna.witt@rebshlomo.org
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INVITATION from Joy, and the Daniel Pearl Foundation
It is important to me, through music, to celebrate the life of Daniel Pearl, z'l as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Each year I participate as percussionist in synagogue memorial concerts. We invite YOUR participation.

Yasher Koach to the shuls who have chosen to participate in "Harmony for Humanity".
I loved involving Makom Ohr Shalom and Kindred Spirits, as well as N'Shama Minyan, and Valley Beth Shalom.


Reb Shlomo Carlebach, z'l and Cantor Herschel Fox
house concert at home of Selwyn Gerber
(c) Joy Krauthammer

Valley Beth Shalom. Reb Shlomo Carlebach and Daniel Pearl, z'l, annual memorial Farbrengen with Chassidic Orchesta, Kabbalat Shabbat, Nov. 13, 8 pm. At VBS, as percussionist, I join Cantor Herschel Fox, Rabbi Ed Feinstein, and music director, Chris Hardin, and wonderful guest musicians. The Soul & Fire is a joyous tribute memorial filled with music and stories. I, too, get to share my memories with Shlomo and the music that I loved playing with him.
15739 Ventura Blvd, Encino 91436.  818-788-6000.
http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org/events.php?SearchArtist=1431  for my story.
This is one of my very favorite shul events!

More than 3,100 events in 83 countries commemorated the life of journalist/musician Daniel Pearl. This is the 8th year that musicians around the globe use their talents to inspire audiences and spread “Harmony for Humanity". Create a concert.
Please visit http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org/ to register Contact: Paul Karlsen, Operations and Program Manager, Daniel Pearl Foundation (310) 441-1400 paul@danielpearl.org http://www.danielpearl.org/

Read my CD review: "Shlomo Carlebach - Songs of Peace."
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MY FAVORITE VISITING TEACHER:
Rebbetzin TZIPORAH HELLER, from Jerusalem. Internationally acclaimed lecturer, educator and Jewish author. At Aish speaking on JOY, Shabbat and Sunday morning:
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller, Parshas Vayera, Nov. 6-7, 2009, “Living with Joy”

Fri Night Dinner* at 6:30 pm, Finding Joy in Your Lot
Shabbos Lunch* at 12 noon, Feeling Joy in the Success of Others
Seudah Shlishis at 4:15 pm, Experiencing the Joy of Connecting to HaShem (No charge)
Sun, Nov 8 at 9:30 am, Women’s Textual Learning on, PARSHAS CHAYA SARA
*Dinner & Lunch require advance reservations, Per meal: $25/member, $10/child -- $36/non-member, $18/child, RSVP to tamar@aishla.com by Wed, Nov 4.
Aish, 9100 W Pico Blvd. LA, CA 90035.
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Mrs. Heller, Sat. Nov. 7, 8:30 pm, Motzei Shabbat.  "Faith vs. Wishful Thinking".
 JLE, 512 N. La Brea, LA 323 857-0923
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YUVAL RON, Music as a Bridge, Between Jews and Sufis. Slides and music from musical meetings with tribal Sufi musicinas and dancers of Morocco plus the search for disappearing Jewish life. Tues, Nov. 10, 7:30 pm. # 1 of 6 parts, each month. Valley Beth Shalom, 818 788-6000.
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SAM GLASER and Friends, in concert, Songs of Love, Songs of Devotion, Song for Peace for Veterans Day. Wed. Nov. 11, 7:30 PM. Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd. Encino. 818 788-6000. Call early for RSVP seats.
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R. WAYNE DOSICK on web radio. See under Joy's Personal Notes.
R. Leah Novick speaking on Shekhina, Wed. Nov. 11.
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N'SHAMA MINYAN. ROSH CHODESH. Tuesday, Nov. 17th, pm. Sum It Up In Six Words. Rabbi Nina Bieber Feinstein & Cindy Paley Aboody - cantorial soloist and guitarist, Joy Krauthammer - world music percussionist. See SHULS below for full details.

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SAVE DATES:
 CHILDREN OF EDEN, ends Dec. 6.  "From Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell” and “Pippin”) and John Caird of “Les Misérables” comes a joyous and inspirational musical about parents, children and faith... not to mention centuries of unresolved family business!

Freely based on the story of Genesis, “Children Of Eden” is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that 'the hardest part of love... is letting go.' " (from website.) I'm going Nov. 29, 2 pm. Meet me there. Workman's Circle has an outing there at that time.
Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. 3050 Los Angeles Ave, Simi Valley, off 118 at Sycamore exit, south to LA Ave, (just past Tapo exit and Brandeis Bardin and Mt. Sinai cemetery. Good time to visit deceased relatives during gratitude holiday.)http://www.simi-arts.org/  805 583-7905
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METIVTA CHANUKAH celebration, Dec. 6, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Workshop includes: special color meditation, studying the blessings of Chanukah and other mystical texsts according to David El-Harar, a North African mystical Rabbi (whom I used to study with years ago) and others, learn how to make an oil chanukiah, discover how to prepare lunch together in a sacrad manner, and set up our table as an altar.  fee for lunch.  RSVP to gilla29@msn.com
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NESHAMA CARLEBACH, Dec. 13th, sponsored by Makom Ohr Shalom, is performing a new show in time for Chanukah, accompanied by her band and the members of the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir, led by Reverend Roger Hambrick. The Writers' Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills,  90211
purchase tix online at http://www.makom.org/  or call Naomi Drangle, 818-894-1754.
What a wonderful treat to have Reb Shlomo's gifted singer daughter here on the west coast.
The new CD "Neshama Carlebach & The Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir (Higher and Higher)" on Sojourn Records is filled with her father's, Reb Shlomo's, zt'l, favorites: including Esso Einai, Return Again, Brothers and Friends, Kiva Moed.
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WORKMAN'S CIRCLE--THE ARBITER RING. View link and HOLY GATHERINGS for Chanukah events, concerts, etc.
Pre-Khaneke, Sat, 12/5 8 pm concert.
9th Night of Chanukah, A Sephardic Celebration, Sat, 12/19.
Enjoy the art gallery while there.  http://www.circlesocal.org/200.html
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JEWISH WOMEN's THEATRE offers salon theatre, conversation & fabulous desserts.
Learn about the 2010 season of At-Homes: A Salon Theatre Series and the New Play Series at the American Jewish University. Last year's salon sold out.
RSVP: Deena@Jewishwomenstheatre.org call 310.592.7749

I enjoyed performing in both years' JWT, and it was wonderful and fun filled with many friends from many communities. I'm excited about the women rabbis project.
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Here's a really important listing to share with your family and community.
How about including it in your shul's newletter:

Community Action Alert, Ways You Can Help or Get Help in the face of the Economic Crisis, compiled by Ann Sturman 818 464-2853. http://www.jewishla.org/evites/14479.htm
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STEFANI VALADEZ sings in enchanting voice, including Ladino at many venues around town. http://www.stefanivaladezmusic.com/
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RUTH FOGELMAN's newest book, "Cradled in God's Arms," is listed under Personal Notes at end.
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New SYS SHABBAT open home event. See at end of HOLY GATHERINGS.
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For your childrens' free BIRTH RIGHT trip to Israel conatact:
http://taglit.israelexperts.com/
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*GOLDSTAR*: To sign up for FREE info on half-price ARTS tickets for events, theatre, music, etc. write:
http://www.goldstar.com/?p=f563067ff27


* * * * * * * SHULS, MINYANS
Mostly Renewal, Aleph, alternative, egalitarian, post-denominational, pluralistic, women's; some traditional, Orthodox and Conservative.
(Other small LA minyans can be found on web: National Havurah Committee)
We in LA are mamash / truly blessed with our minyanim.

"And I have loved you with an eternal love; therefore I have extended loving-kindness to you. I shall yet rebuild you and you shall be rebuilt, O Maiden of Israel; you will yet adorn yourself with drums and go forth in the round-dance of the joyful." (Jeremiah 31:2,3)




Challah and Chevra
(c) Joy Krauthammer
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LEV EISHA (Heart of a Woman) monthly Shabbat service, Sat. Nov. 7, 9:30 A.M. THIS month,  8:30 AM we meet an hour earlier for the extra breakfast teaching. The women literally "look forward to" these Shabbats and drive in from Palm Spring, Orange County, etc. LEV EISHA meets at new location in the beautiful sanctuary at Vista Del Mar with lots of parking, through June 2010. Come and stay for Kiddish, blesSings, schmoozing, feasting and joy. 3200 Motor Ave, LA. 90034. Immediately north of National and the 10 Freeway. There is a map on the website. The new grounds are filled with trees; an oasis in the city.
http://www.leveisha.org/archive/latest.htm
http://www.leveisha.org/ and/or read ads in the LA Jewish Journal paper edition.

LEV EISHA is where I love to be. My heart and soul soar davenen at Lev Eisha.
Come say hi. We are:

* a monthly creative prayer service for women by women, led by Rabbi Toba August & cantorial soloist - Cindy Paley, accompanied by us ruach/ spirit-filled global world-beat music percussionist - Joy Krauthammer, violinist - Chaplain Ruth Belonsky, and soloists - Robin Winston, Mollie Wine & Toby Schwartz (who also beautifully chants Torah). We have some great new songs for you! Sarah Barash - Poet-in-Residence.
Gratitude and yasher koach to the whole team and congregation that makes this an awesome ambience for experiential expansive prayer celebration where are inner and outer voices are heard. I feel the energy circulating, given and received, at Lev Eisha and for a musician, this is mamash important.

* an exciting, innovative Shabbat service that offers a warm welcoming environment for women seeking to connect with their Judaism. Men are welcome.

* a joyous, spiritual sanctuary for women of all ages and affiliations to come together in enthusiasm, heart, energy & intellect: in song, praise, prayer, study, dance, meditation and spiritual growth.

* The first Saturday /Shabbat of every month your other rabbis know where you are! Join us and play timbrel in praise for the Source of All BlesSings.

Lev Eisha musicians are happy to come to your minyans.

Joy Krauthammer and Cindy Paley
(c) Janis Cohen
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MAKOM OHR SHALOM EnCHANTing Erev Shabbats in Valley, Fridays Nov. 6 and Nov. 20, 7:45 pm. The visiting "Kindred Spirits", my percussion ensemble, joined MOS for the Reb Shlomo Carlebach and Daniel Pearl, z'l memorial Shabbat. Thank you Kindred Spirits.

Other dates in LA. See Website. Rabbis Debra Orenstein & Monty Turner. Theresa Nivon, choir director and soloist. Dana Stone-Goldberg and Alula are soloists. Guest musicians include: Alan Klein - horn, David Platus - clarinet, Joy Krauthammer - percussionist, Eli Lester - drummer & Steve Berman - harmonica.

Neshama Carlebach performs in concert for MOS in LA, Dec. 16th. See details under Happenings.
5619 Lindley @ Burbank, NW corner in host church, Tarzana. Easy free parking. Shabbat dinners, Havdalahs, Havurahs, healing services. The original Jewish meditation shul. Dana and Makom members greet all the people at the door and it feels good to be welcomed. When I'm there (and all shuls) early, I, too, greet Shabbat guests and introduce them to each other.
Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, always greeted each congregant at the door. He asked, "How can I be most like Hashem? To make others comfortable, making places for them."
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Richard, Joy, Alula, Marc
Jewish Renewal CARTOON that I love
Steve Greenberg (c) Jewish Journal award-winning cartoonist

Transcending Tradition: illustrating Jewish Spiritual Renewal. Cartoon musicians include: flutist, Richard Hardy, and myself-- Joy Krauthammer, timbrel player in purple, both of us Reb Shlomo, zt"l musicians, and Alula Tzadik (from Ethiopia), and Cantorial soloist Mark Bachrach on shofar; all of us from Rabbi Stan Levy's congregation B'nai Horin during the High Holidays at AJU's Brandeis Bardin. (It was Divine.)
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B'NAI HORIN -Children of Freedom, mostly monthly intimate Shabbat services, Sat. Nov. 7, Dec. 5, 10 am - 1:30 pm, Chanukah party, Sat. Dec. 12 (call for location), motzi Shabbos. Rabbi Stan Levy, Rabbi Laura Owens, Marc Bachrach, cantorial soloist. Regular Contribution: $15 B'nai Horin members, $20 guests. First-timers: no charge. Please bring a salad, dessert or drinks to share or contribute $5 toward the main dish. A blesSing to be in Carole Foley's home garden, 11040 Queensland, West LA, one light south of National, 1 1/2 blocks east of Sepulveda Blvd.
http://www.bnaihorin.com/ . (310) 441-4434.
As a member for two decades of this 40 year old shul, you may find me there with my timbrel in hand, or Tibetan singing bowls, and with an open heart, dancing in the garden. Blessed, B'nai Horin was my very first Renwal Shul. Reb David Zeller, z'l and Yael Taubman from Jerusalem directed me here. This is where I first met Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Davenen Sukkot in Rabbi Stan's hand-made sukkah is always a delight.
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AHAVAT TORAH Congregation. Weekly, lively Shabbat service and pot-luck buffet luncheon. Every Sat. 9 AM Israeli-born Rabbi Miriam Hamrell (AJR ordained) teaches Mussar/Pirkey Avot-Ethics of our Father, and 10 AM Shabbat service with Rabbi Miriam Hamrell and Gary Levine, cantorial soloist, and others accompanied by Joel Warren, pianist. Guest Torah teachers. Participatory musical worship service. Many interesting classes and salons are offered.
Sun. Nov. 1, Rabbi Tsvi Bar David offers a class from noon-2 pm. RSVP, Rita 323 934-5973.
(Last week I loved studying Torah with him and students in his SF home.)

Held at the Village Glen Lutheran Church, 343 Church Lane, LA, 90049, 6 blocks south of Sunset, north of Montana, just west of the 405 Freeway. Brentwood, LA. Park in the South parking lot or on the streets. I love it that member Sherry loans me her timbrel when I show up. I love attending the participatory early teachings in the intimate room. I love receiving Torah aliyahs. I love feeling winged angels flying high from the sweet sounds.

This is a social-action community, and they warmly greet you at the door, and offer Torah honors which feel really good. They offer important evening classes. http://www.ahavattorahcongregation.org/ Julie creates the artistic site.

Member, Len Felder, Ph.D. writes the shul blog: http://www.creatingsacredcommunity.blogspot.com/
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N'SHAMA MINYAN. Tuesday, Nov. 17th, pm. Rosh Chodesh - Sum It Up In Six Words. Rabbi Nina Bieber Feinstein & Cindy Paley Aboody - cantorial soloist and guitarist, Joy Krauthammer - world music percussionist, and guest musicians & soloists. Service in the artistic stained glass Lopaty Chapel, prayer, song, dance, spirit, study. Sisterhood minyan led by and for women and all are invited. Check the VBS website or call the shul to confirm dates & time for the next Women's Shabbat service. (Not always Sat. AM, some Rosh Chodeshes and holidays) www.vbs.org/
How wonderful to participate in a Rosh Chodesh / New Moon women's gathering.
Musical guests, a capella, PIZMON, from Columbia University, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Barnard, sang wonderfully in the last Shabbat in memory of slain journalist, Daniel Pearl, z'l, for Daniel Pearl World Music Days.
http://www.vbs.org/ http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org/events.php?SearchArtist=1431
Join us. Meets at Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino, 91436. (818) 788-6000 or Susan: (818) 343-3078
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While at VBS, check out all their daily many varied fantastic spiritual offerings with many wonderful rabbis and cantors.
VALLEY BETH SHALOM     lots of music this month:
REB SHLOMO, z'l memorial FARBRENGEN, erev Shabbat, Nov. 13, 8 pm. I perform with the Chassidic Orchestra at VBS with Cantor Herschel Fox. This is a wonderful, joyous annual Shabbat. Join me and many musicians.
http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org/events.php?SearchArtist=1431

Read my CD review: "Shlomo Carlebach - Songs of Peace."
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YUVAL RON and his musicians begin their monthly VBS seriews, Music As A Bridge.
Tues., Nov. 10, 7:30 pm - 9pm. (Hold Dates: Other themes, Dec. 15, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, April 13, May 11.
Slides and music from musical meetings with tribal Sufi musicians and dancers of Morocco plus the search for the disappearing Jewish life in Morocco.
A dozen years ago I went to the World Sacred Music Festival in Fez, and explored the Jewish medinas and danced with the sufi musicians through the night, especially in the Sahara where I journeyed with my rented camel. My musical simcha was filmed and a video is available. (I brought back a suitcase of timbrels & memories.)
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SAM GLASER and friends, concert, Wed. Nov. 11, 7:30 pm. Songs of Love, Songs of Devotion. Sponsored by Jewish Music Commission of LA.  Call Valley Beth Shalom, 818 788-6000 for early price rsvp tix.

When Reb Shlomo, z'l, died, I joined Sam's band in a memorial concert at the University of Judaism. Sam's regular musicians didn't appreciate that I "missed rehearsal". I explained that Shlomo's musicians didn't have to 'rehearse.' The guys had not played with Shlomo, but Sam was Shlomo's keyboardist. I still miss rehearsals.
(Please do come to VBS' Shlomo memorial on Nov. 13th. 8 pm. We never rehearse!)
It was the biggest blesSing to accompany Reb Shlomo, and I am grateful to have been gifted those years.
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METIVTA. Friday and Sat. services. CHANUKAH celebration, Sun. Dec. 6 all day. Lay led meets both in LA and the Valley for Shabbat services, Shabbat dinner, meditations and classes. Fills quickly. Call for dates TBA and events. I love their Contemplative intimate Kabbalat Shabbat service; candle lighting, prayer, chanting, niggunim, a pot luck dinner and a discussion of the weekly parsha.

It is a gift that Metivta Valley members like Gilla Nissan and the Glasers and Morgensterns offer their homes for spiritual Services. Founded by Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man. On occassion I love serving as their percussionist. RSVP to Gilla at gilla@metivta.org or call (818) 990-7942.
Metivta@metivta.org (818) 654-9293. http://www.metivta.org/
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MALIBU Jewish Center & Synagogue. Weekly Shabbat services with Rabbi Judith HaLevy & (Argentinean) Cantor Marcelo Gindlin. Chaplain Ruth Belonsky plays exquisite soulful violin. Go early for Rabbi Judith's deep Torah teachings. Sarah's Tent people study & davven at Malibu and love the rabbi who co-founded Sarah's Tent. If I didn't live so far, I'd be learning there all the time. Torah study 9:30 am, Service 11:30. 310 456-2178 (It was a Divine blesSing to share 2nd day Rosh Hashana with my Sarah's Tent friends at Malibu.)
http://www.mjcs.org/
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THE ONE SOUL MINYAN. Nov. 21. Monthly Saturdays, 10 am, with Rabbi Mark Borovitz and Cantor Rebecca of Beit T'Shuvah (addiction rehabilitation center). Exhilarating musical service and new siddur held at Valley Beth Shalom location and most months, third Shabbat. VBS Rabbi Ed Feinstein and other visiting rabbis and cantors participate in service, asking serious questions of the participants, residents and  visiting congregants.
15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino 818 788-6000

I truly appreciate this intimate meaningful service which has everyone reflect on their soul, light and darkness. When I don't bring my timbrel the pianist loans me hers. I wish we had more Shabbats each month so I can davven everywhere.
Beit Tshuvah meets regularly at 8831 Venice Blvd. LA.
http://www.beittshuvahla.org/ 310 204-5200 This organization collects for their thrift store.
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ONE SHABBAT MORNING (OSM) with Craig Taubman & wonderful musicians at Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. Sat., Feb. 6, 2010, April 17. Call or google to confirm date of musical 10 am service with 9 am guest shiur. I love this service and the special themes. This is one of the minyans (like Lev Eisha) which attract other shul congregants from all over the greater LA area.

The congregants are given colorful egg shakers to use to enable greater musical participation. I love it when percussionist Jeff loans me his dumbek.
Check out Craig's other Shabbats at Sinai Temple. (and his web site for terrific Jewish music.)
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HAPPY MINYAN joyfully presents, 15th Annual Memorial Concert in honor of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, Sat. Nov. 7, 8 pm. (at Cong. Mogen David, 9717 West Pico Blvd.  90035.)
HM meets regularly for all Jewish observances and classes in the 'Hood'. We founded this Orthodox minyan when our beloved Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt"l died 15 years ago. The chevre continues to meet and learn in Shlomo's light. It was the greatest blesSing in the universe for me to be Shlomo's percussionist and personal chauffeur.

Happy Minyan meets 9218 Pico Blvd. in a karate studio (across from Pat's). Visiting scholars. Musical Havdalahs. Yehuda of Moshav Band davvens with Happy Minyan. MOSHAV - does many Melave Malka Concerts, Sat. nite, Happy Minyan, Mitzvah g'dola lihiyot b'simcha Tamid. It's a big mitzvah to be happy.  http://www.happyminyan.org/ 310 285-7777
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SHTIBL MINYAN, lay-led, meets weekly, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA (south of Pico) at Workman's Circle location on Sat. Mornings. http://www.shtibl.com/


* * * * * * * HOLY GATHERINGS
Shabbats, museums. concerts, more ARTS, workshops, classes, etc.

OPEN DOOR SHABBAT, with the Owens and Lesters on alternating months. Celebrate and welcome the Sabbath Queen monthly 2nd Erev Shabbats, Fridays, 6:30 PM. Shayna & Eli Lester or Linda & Gerry Owens host each monthly Open Door Shabbat. Call them to confirm time, date, location in Santa Monica. Nov. 13 at the OWENS' home.

Wonderful musicians and friends from all Renewal chevre including Sarah's Tent. RSVP and advise what potluck vegetable, salad, fish or dessert you will share. Parking permits needed at Owen's home, so come by first to get permit. What a mamash holy gift to us that our blessed friends open their doors for Shabbat to create sacred space for us all. Filled with prayer movement, poetry and music. It feels so good to be at Open Door. If you are going from North Valley, please call me and we'll travel together.

RSVP. RevShayna@roadrunner.com 310-650-8808. Both Linda and Shayna serve as Spiritual Directors, and may be hired, along with other divine LA Jewish women for this holy work.
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CHAI CENTER. Shabbat dinners for 60 !!! Schwartzie and Rebbetzin Olivia open their doors to strangers, holidays, giant Sukkot, Pesach events and women's events. Send them my love. RSVP.
Deepest condolences to the family on their tragic loss of their granddaughter, Alta Shula, z'l. May her memory be for a blessing.
http://www.chaicenter.org/ info@chaicenter.org
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Jewish Learning Exchange. So many great visiting scholars from Israel teach daily at JLE. 512 N. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90036 (323) 857-0923. Can we have this in the Valley? Ask to receive their mailings.
info@jlela.com http://www.jlela.com/
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OHR HAMAKOR / Light from The Source, A Home for Holistic Kabbala with Rabbi T'mimah Ickovits (Aleph graduate) deciphers essential wisdom from Kabbalistic traditions, showing its relevance for today. Serving as a teacher, Mashpia Ruhanee; Spiritual Guide, Rabbi T'mimah leads custom ritual events and serves as a prayer leader. CALL for new classes or contact: RebbeT@KabbalahTmimah.org
http://www.kabbalahtmimah.org/ 310 450-8808
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BAIS CHANA women's LA school is run by Orthodox rebbetzin Yehudit Eichenblatt. Wonderful teachers learned with the finest Kabbalah teachers. Single lectures, Rosh Chodeshes, farbrengens for The Rebbe, z'l. I first met Yehudit when Reb Shlomo, z'l used to stay in her parents' LA home and I loved learning with her chevre and it felt mamash spiritually good to be there. Give it a try. http://www.baischanaca.com/
Classes will G-d willing resume the week of the 18th of October, Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan.
Mrs. Chana Rachel Shusterman teaches 10 - 11 am, Mondays, 423 N. Fuller Ave.
Mrs. Sanowicz 11 - 11:45 am, Mondays, 458 N. Fuller Ave.
Mrs. Shapiro 2:15pm, Thur, 539 N. Fuller Ave.
Rabbi Raichik, 10 am, Wed., 165 S. Hudson Ave.
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I do NOT personally know Leslie. Her SYS SHABBAT at home idea sounds wonderful:
When was the last time your “Spirit was stirred?” Please join your Jewish Sisters-and-Brothers-from-Other-Mothers who share a common heart. Gather twice a month to share a relaxed, more spiritual than religious, lively and engaging Friday Night Shabbat Dinner and Saturday Night Havdalah Potluck in someone’s home in the Los Angeles area. Come together in the tradition of our ancestors and share the thread that binds our souls.
"SYS goal is to create a community of togetherness for those who long for their roots so we can share our busy lives with each other. Some of us are married, some are single, some don't have family nearby... and some are just searching for a deeper connection."
Nu, what have you got to lose? Come "S"tir "Y"our "S"pirit with your "SYS"ters and Brothers. Call me at 310-625-1833 or e-mail me at butterfly_hope@hotmail.com today! I can’t wait to hear from you…Operators (well, actually just me!) are standing by…
Sincerely, Leslie
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* * * ARTS LA

I shlep to NY and SF to play tourist; I can do the same here in the Big Orange. Want to join me, let me know. coming: my report on SF.

"As Seen Through These Eyes." Read my film review at end, before my painting and photos.
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Read my CD review at very bottom: "Shlomo Carlebach - Songs of Peace."
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SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER. Enjoy the Jewish exhibits, wonderful multi-ethnic concerts, theatre, dance, film, lectures, Passport Screenings, events. Great Adult Learning program. Tasty "Cart" sandwiches/salads sold at events and buffet dinner for some concerts.
http://www.skirball.org/ 310 440-4500 Sepulveda Pass @ Skirball Drive (Mulholland Drive) Free on Thursdays. Check out the Fall schedule.
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REMO Music Center is offering the best! KIDS free drum circles monthly on first SUNDAYS, from 11 - 11:45 AM. Check first before going. http://www.remo.com/

Adult drumming every week night. Check web for amazing activities. Drums provided at every event and circle. Hundreds of drummers at REMO's drum circle and friends shlep from LA to the Valley. Other musicians invited. 818 982-0461, 7308 Coldwater Canyon, North Hollywood.
Say hi to facilitators Mike & Jerry from Joy. REMO's Women's Drum Day coming. Spring DATE TBA.
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SIMCHAT CHOCHMAH ~ Joy of Wisdom is the spiritual journey and ritual celebration on turning at least 60 years. Continue to consciously envision your dreams, transform age-ing beliefs into blesSings, and strive toward attaining greater spiritual heights. How do we face our 'next' era, and then mortality, and redefine values in our lives in desiring to meet our highest potential, and leave our legacy? Become a "wisdom keeper" in a Jewish Eldering rite of passage ceremony.

I would love to offer this workshop to your spiritual community. Call or write to me ( joyofwisdom1 at gmail.com ) to book a workshop, or if you have questions. http://www.simchatchochmah.blogspot.com/ .

Joy, MBA (UJ) Serving G*d With Joy, artist, poet, percussionist, sound healer, Chai Lights publisher, PR consultant, workshop leader, ritual guide, gardener. (I'm a Gemini.)

AriellaShira, MA, SLR, Speech Language Therapist. Facilitator, healing circles, angel on earth.

Both Joy and AriellaShira were students of Savina Teubal, z'l (creator of the Joy of Wisdom ritual), and have studied with Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's Spritual Eldering Project / Aleph Sage-ing Project, as well as with Marcia Cohn Spiegel, # 2 Simchat Chochmah. Many Wonderful Women With Wisdom joined us at Sarah's Tent, LimmudLA, Wagner Women Retreat, Jewish Federation, Aleph's KALLAH, Makom Ohr Shalom, and AJU workshops and are ready for part II. If you've had part I, let's prepare for part 2.
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JOY SHAKERS (c) with Joy Krauthammer
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Take a sound journey with Joy Shakers.* Learn to creatively play EGGS and small, shaken percussion instruments from indigenous world cultures. Explore shaker rhythms, tempos, patterns. Shape sounds, and experiment with body and shaker movements and positions. Shake, swing, swirl and shuckle your shakers in the Kabbalistic Four Worlds--Spirit, Mind, Heart and Body. Booking for Joy Shakers workshop, please write to me either at my personal address (use @ sign, not 'at') or

joyofwisdom1 at gmail.com http://www.joyshakers.blogspot.com/
JOY is available for all your spiritual percussion needs.


* * * * * * * OUTSIDE LA

Going to Jerusalem? The ultimate Jerusalem e-calendar of events is published by Rabbi Yaacov Fogelman. Subscribe at: top@actcom.co.il  HI from Joy in LA.
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Elat Chayyim at Isabella Freedman Center. Experience weekly/Shabbat year-round Jewish Renewal retreats with wonderful teachers by a lovely lake in the Berkshires. I love this retreat center. http://www.isabellafreedman.org/elatchayyim
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Eden Village, one hour north of NYC is a brand new kosher camp, mostly home grown veggie, GREEN camp.


* * * * * * * JOY's PERSONAL NOTE
Writings, Torahs, Elul, Videos, Links, Rebbes, Teachers, etc.
Reviews at very bottom because of their length.

I'm thrilled that my writing and photography are included in Israel's current 15th edition, KOL CHEVRE, released Nov. For a copy:  emunawitt14@yahoo.com  or emuna.witt@rebshlomo.org
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KOL CHEVRE, The Voice of the Chevra of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, z'l, has printed the 15th Issue for 15th yahrzeit. Theme: Moments, Tikun, Vision. Memories, stories, Your Torahs, Reb Shlomo Torahs, poetry, Reb Shlomo photos. Edition in memory of Rabbi Aryeh Hirschfield, z'l. My story about Reb Shlomo, and photos of both rebbes are included.

Thank you, Emuna emunawitt14@yahoo.com emuna.witt@rebshlomo.org
 050-862-9040 kolchevra@rebshlomo.org The Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach Foundation info@rebshlomo.org Jerusalem, Israel http://www.rebshlomo.org/
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Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l
(c) Joy Krauthammer
"Your hands are the holiest part of your body because they reach the highest." - Reb Shlomo
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RUTH FOGELMAN's newest book of poetry and photographs is: "Cradled in God's Arms ."
“…much of the poetry in this collection deals with Ms. Fogelman’s moving descriptions of the Old City of Jerusalem, of which she is a resident - its sights, smells, people, flowers, its special joining of earth and heaven…. Ruth’s work makes an immediate direct connection to the soul and heart of her readers, ties their hearts to the stones of Jerusalem along with hers. Her poetry is… eminently readable and not just for literary specialists. It can be read by and touch anyone…."

- Prof. Susan Handelman, Bar Ilan University . Co-Editor, Torah of the Mothers: Contemporary Jewish Women Read Classical Jewish Texts, and Wisdom From All My Teachers.

I have been reading Ruth's poetry for years, and have her photos of the Old City on my eastern wall serving as mizrachis. Ruth's writings from the Jewish Quarter are for me an umbilical cord through the heart and soul to holy Jerusalem; My neshama / soul deeply connects. She is my drumming, purple loving, soul sister. Ruth taught me how to tie my tichels / head scarves. - JOY
http://www.geocities.com/jerusalemlives/
Ruth Fogelman is the author of "Within the Walls of Jerusalem - A Personal Perspective." Her writing and photography have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications in Israel, the USA and India (including The Deronda Review.) Here are links to Ruth reading from her new book at the release party:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NSJ9UxvqTk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93j42TUDK-I&feature=channel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLgesDkRbqQ&feature=channel
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The family of REB DAVID ZELLER, z'l, have added an AFTERWARD to the book which his family and friends wrote about him, published before Reb Zeller died.
http://davidzeller.org/book/afterward.php

This Afterward is extremely touching, sharing with us the prior year before Reb David's death. It is concerned especially with chaplaincy and being with the sick.
Reb Zeller was my very first beloved Rebbe and it means so much to me to read the new words about my rebbe. Please open all the links on the website and listen to Reb Zeller speak and sing in angelic voice. It was the biggest blesSing to have Reb Zeller in our lives. Reb Zeller was my passport into Jewish Renewal.   Photos in Oct.
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Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA) produced a one-hour documentary "A Sacred Duty: Applying Jewish Values to Help Heal the World," which argues that the application of Jewish values is essential to respond to global warming and other environmental threats and to help shift our imperiled planet to a sustainable path. "A Sacred Duty" http://www.asacredduty.com/ Complimentary copies of DVDs. Many articles at www.JewishVeg.com/schwartz. LA has local JVNA chapters and meetings.
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TORAH TEACHERS directory, Local & International mostly. We have so many DIVINE JEWISH TEACHERS who are accessible to us. Write them to receive their weekly mails, or tune in their live webcasts. Who are your favorites?

Torah PARSHA teachings from Academy of Jewish Religion, LA http://www.ajrca.org/parsha_of_the_week.shtml
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Read Sarah's Tent and Malibu's JC&S member Gerry Owens' Torah parsha commentary. I love his psychological direction.
http://web.mac.com.gerrylinda/
/ for Reflections from Above . Write and ask Gerry (Generous and gracious Open Door Shabbat host) to be on his list.
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Contact Rachel Elana. To receive weekly deep Chassidic Torah Parsha teaching,  tikkunrachel@gmail.com Available on Happy Minyan website.

Read and listen to David Sacks on the Happy Minyan website.
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My orthodox chareidi rebbe, YOSEF Ben SHLOMO HAKOHEN, sends out his Hazon - Our Universal Vision Torah teachings. Ask me for his e-address or click the link. For years I study with this Jerusalem based teacher and continue to be deeply inspired and supported in my spiritual growth by chesed-filled Reb Yosef. www.shemayisrael.com/publicat/hazon
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I love receiving the teachings from MIRIAM (AKA Mindy) RIBNER. Write to Miriam and ask for her deep holiday teachings. Mindy is a disciple of Reb Shlomo, z'l, and she has been journeying around the world sharing her Kabbalistic meditations and counsel.
http://www.kabbalahoftheheart.com/ For info call 646-382-4696 or email Miriam@kabbalahoftheheart.com
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NEW:
SPIRITTALK LIVE! Journeys into Mind, Heart, and Soul. Weekly Internet radio program, hosted by Rabbi Dr. Wayne Dosick (Renewal rabbi, Reb Shlomo disciple)on HealthyLife.net Radio every Wed. 11 am Pacific, 1 pm Central, 2 pm Eastern. SPIRITTALK LIVE! is a worldwide conversation for exploring the great questions of existence, for joining in the quest to find meaning and worth in life, through intellectual inquiry and sacred spirit.
Ellen Dosick, guest Nov. 4.
To listen: Go to HealthyLife.net on the Internet. PC users choose:

“Listen Live”, Mac users: Choose “For Mac Users” from the left column, and follow instructions. To call into the show and join in the conversation, 1-800 555-5453. Each show archived by Thursday evening for later listening. Go to HealthyLife.net, and choose “Archives.”
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I resonate with poetic teaching from Rabbi Laibl Wolf of Australia who visits LA. http://www.laiblwolf.com/
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A SIMPLE JEW. A spiritual blog I've discovered http://asimplejew.blogspot.com/
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Use this link to connect to video teachings from Rabbi David Ingber, Romemu, NY.
I have greatly enjoyed learning with R. Ingber at Elat Chayyim and LimmudLA and loved being at his NY Romemu Shabbat service with him. "Be your note!", he said. Sounds a little like Reb Zuscha. http://www.romemu.org/
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Rabbi Arthur Segal invites you to write to him at: RabbiASegal@aol.com to subscribe at no fee to his on line Torah and Talmud teachings, filled with a compilation of clearly written material from many sources from basic to Zohar. He does mitzvot taking Torah out to the people where he lives.
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Rabbi Sholom Brodt. I love the mamash gevaldt deep teachings from his Jerusalem's Reb Shlomo Carlebach Yeshivah. http://www.shlomoyeshiva.org/
http://www.oneg.tv/video/homepageshulim26@shlomoyeshiva.org
Many great teachers are heard/seen on this program including R. Shlomo Katz from the Happy Minyan, now in Jerusalem. I loved learning with Morah Leah Golomb also.
Write to Rabbi Sholom Brodt to receive his weekly teaching and see their video class schedules. Invite him to your community. "To gather the holy sparks, is a task that we are all engaged in. Each time you drink some water or eat some food, if you do this in a holy way and then use the energy of the food and drink to do good deeds, to study Torah, to pray and to do acts of loving kindness, you are gathering and elevating the holy sparks that were 'trapped' or contained in the food and drink."

"The four corners of the Tallis teach us that it is our responsibility to reach out to all four corners of the world - whichever direction we are walking in, wherever we may be at the moment, there are sparks of holiness that are waiting to be gathered and elevated. Each time we do so we are affirming and strengthening the unity of the worlds." - Rabbi Sholom Brodt  (This is how Reb Shlomo functioned, reaching out to EVERYONE.)
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Go to http://rebshlomo.org/ to read REB SHLOMO'S TORAHS and STORIES.
See Joy's photo collage of Reb Shlomo, zt'l, at bottom.
 Excerpt from 4 page story in Kol Chevre:
My short Shabbat Story with Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l. by Joy Krauthammer

When I would slowly walk to shul on Shabbat in Jerusalem with Reb Shlomo, zt'l, I mamash deeply felt that Shlomo was pulling in "all four corners of the world" just like tzitsit on a tallit. At each intersection, people increasing in number came to Shlomo to greet him and ask for his bruchot / prayers and mitzvot, which he later delivered. I told Shlomo he was the "Pied Piper." He was cute and said that I was "the Pied" and he was "the Piper". I know that Shlomo's kavenah / intention of "uniting the worlds" was met when the chasidim with black hats and peyis / side curls would recognize and greet me at other times, when Shlomo was not present.

Years ago, I once heard Malavah Malkah dancers in Berkeley call out loud, "Shlomo is not even here and we continue to dance." We dance in Shlomo's zechut / merit. May we be blessed to dance. Reb Shlomo would share, "Our feet can take us where our minds can not go," and "Dance your way into the Book of Life."

with love, sister, Joy
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Read Jerusalem Rabbi Yaakov Fogelman's amazing Torahs, A Jerusalem Jewish Voice, short or long versions filled with eclectic wisdom. Contact:
top@actcom.co.il . www.israelVisit.co.il/top Latest e-mail studies archived at http://www.shamash.org/

I have been blessed to meet Rabbi Fogelman and have Shabbat in his home in the Old City. I LOVE HIS FAMILY.
Ruth Fogelman is a divine poet. http://www.geocities.com/jerusalemlives/
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Michael Jacobs, former Jerusalem and LA Kabbalah Teacher, author, and fine Judaic artist, now living in the desert, for years has written a weekly Torah commentary. Interesting points and gematria from a scribe's wisdom and point of view. Michaelojacobs@roadrunner.com
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Chanoch, is a Spiritual Teacher who teaches YOU how to be your own Spiritual Guide. He authors a weekly Parsha email. Telephone Conference Classes 3 times a week including direct readings from the Zohar, as well as other Spiritual Teachings. Contact:
Chanoch at chanoch_7@yeshshem.com ; Blog at http://www.yeshshem.wordpress.com/; Twitter - Facebook at yeshshem; web site is http://www.yeshshem.com/
I saw the interesting website, but I have not yet studied with Chanoch's Parshas or phone classes.
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Knowing Heart, Daat Tevunos by Ramchal with Yad Avraham's Rabbi Kalatsky. LIVE, Wednesday 10 am LA, 1 pm NY. Torah live, Tuesdays 9 am LA time and much more on videos. Rav translates all the Hebrew. I love learning with him. Watch more live video broadcasts online at:
http://www.yadavraham.org/site-features/live-video-classes/live-video-class/?mediatitle=yad_live
To download this week's commentaries please go to: http://www.yadavraham.net/documents/Korach2009.doc
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I love DAILY DOSE from http://www.chabad.org/ . You too can subscribe to this daily teaching of the Rebbe, revised by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman.
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For wonderful writings by Jewish women, also read:
http://www.thejewishwoman.org/ edited by Sara Esther Crispe, on Chabad's web site. They include my writings. I've been a Chabadnic ever since I met The Rebbe, zt'l, in 1970, and he gave me a dollar.

I was blessed to be able to davven for the first time at The Lubavitch Rebbe's kever in Queens, N.Y. I made prayers for all our chevra. This was a mamash, deeply moving experience for me. I gave tzadakah at the grave site and followed the instructions for honoring The Rebbe.
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Learn HEBREW and B'nei Mitzvot studies with Gilla Nissan, Israeli metaphysical teacher, privately in her Valley home. You may know Gilla from AJU/UJ or Metivta. I love accompanying Gilla at special Metivta services. Info: Gilla29@msn.com or 818 990-7942
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Cantor Michael Russ teaches B'NAI MITZVOT privately in the Valley. http://www.lchayimservices.com/ 818 360-3468. Mazal tov on first granchild.
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CD
"Morning I Will See You: Awakening to the Beauty of the Day", is a new CD by Rabbi Shawn Zevit.
"Blessings when we live in our power. Blessings when we live in holiness."
Full review by Joy in Sept. Elul issue of Joyous Chai Lights.
SZevit@comcast.net http://www.rabbizevit.com/ www.cdbaby.com/zevit


* * * * MORE PRESS

Tablet Magazine ( http://www.tabletmag.com/), a daily online magazine of Jewish news, ideas, and culture, launched June. Tablet Magazine offers up-to-the-minute reactions to the day’s news, sophisticated cultural coverage, and in-depth investigations of broad trends in Jewish life. It combines a newspaper’s skepticism, a journal’s thoughtfulness, and a blog’s immediacy.
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JConnectLA weekly Jewish calendar and community. http://www.jconnectla.com/
 Please direct your 20 and 30 year olds to this community e weekly.
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The FORWARD: http://forward.com/current-edition/
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JEWISH WORLD REVIEW http://www.jewishworldreview.com/
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Read the LA Jewish Journal web calendar for LA listings and news. http://www.jewishjournal.com/
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See what LA's Samuel K. puts in his website, http://www.sacredfriends.com/

Shalom and BlesSings to you for joy (gila, rena, ditza, simcha, chedva, sason, tzachala),
Joy
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THIS SITE IS UPDATED EVERY DAY WITH NEW INFO.

INTRODUCTION  for NEW READERS
MY REGULAR READERS: SKIP & SCROLL up to * * * HAPPENINGS or further down.

Dear Chevre,
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"Chai Lights" was birthed in the "Jewish Calendar Magazine" in 1983 and my spiritual ARTS monthly column lived there in hard copy for about a dozen years. I then reclaimed it privately, the way it had begun in 1980.
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A benefit to JOYous-CHAI-LIGHTS-blogspot format vs. my e-mailing form for the past years, is that I can and do add to it during the month, so if YOU want something included, feel free to let me know. In blog form, the benefit is that you can also access this info at any time.

You are welcome to "COMMENT" at end of this long POST or else write directly to me. I always love reading what YOU write. (My other BLOGS (PR memos mostly, not diaries) are visible by clicking MY PROFILE listed.)
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Feel free to use any of the info in CHAI LIGHTS for your shul's website info. Let's JOYOUSLY bring "Community into Unity."
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I am happy to share with you my JOYous CHAI LIGHTS of upcoming Shabbats, Chagim/holidays, mostly LA Jewish RENEWAL and post-denominational spiritual events, classes & the ARTS, plus...I only write about the events that I know and love. Not the shuls I used to go to, nor the ones I haven't yet gone to, nor the ones I intentionally don't go to. Thus mine is a partial listing and not 'impartial'. They are where I love to be, and invite you to join me there in joy along the Four Worlds path to The Tree of Life.
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In the merit / zechus and light of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, I love helping to make our universe a smaller world, one with more spiritual consciousness, connection, and chesed / lovingkindness. With spiritual Guidance, I make instinctual connections for people. I believe that music helps to cross boundaries and brings us closer to the Holy One, so I emphasize here those events, as well as learning and prayer opportunities. Please see my Reb Shlomo story.
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Monthly, I write this large mailing, my gift to Chevra, from my Porter Ranch kitchen table looking East to Jerusalem, and no one but I proof it. I hand click each recipient, no lists. UNSUBSCRIBE-- Let me know. Information is subject to change. Please call event to confirm specific locations, times, fees and accessibility. If you see an error that would be continued, please let me know.
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PLEASE FORWARD JOYous CHAI LIGHTS TO YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY so they, too, can enjoy with you, spiritual Renewal Judaism. Most of what I include here is NOT included in other local media. This is the only Jewish spiritual Renewal oriented LA events list. Click on underlined LINKS below for full updated stories of events & some photos. I love it when at an event I meet someone and they tell me they are present because a friend had forwarded CHAI LIGHTS to them. People stop and tell me they have joined shuls because of these invites. Amayn.
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Having Publisher's privilege, I invite you to my many activities, and share them here. You can even hire me to play passionate percussion and Miriyahm HaNeviah for Rosh Chodeshes, Women's Passover Seders, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l memorial concerts or other spiritual events. I play for shuls and events throughout LA.
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Contact me if you want to invite KINDRED SPIRITS, my 18 member percussion ensemble of REMO friends to join you, or if you want OPEN TO WONDER, my divine band, http://www.opentowonderband.blogspot.com/ for your spiritual services.

If your community/shul desires a sound healer, I'm available-- SOUNDS OF JOY. http://www.healingsoundsofjoy.blogspot.com/

I travel with my crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, bells and gongs that I brought back from Tibet. I love playing them for meditation, vibrational massage, yoga, dance, and homeopathic healing.

JOY SHAKERS. As percussionist for LA synagogues and events, I'm offering a little workshop on small percussion. See PR at bottom. Please contact me, Joy, for bookings. http://www.joyshakers.blogspot.com/
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SIMCHAT CHOCHMAH
http://simchatchochmah.blogspot.com/

AriellaShira Lewis and I loved offering SIMCHAT CHOCHMAH at ALEPH's week-long KALLAH retreat in Ohio and local shuls and Jewish Federation. Call me to book a workshop.

In addition, I, Joy, continue to offer Kabbalistic Four World workshops on "Joy." See lists.
ABOUT ME: CLICK: VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE for all sites.
"Joy breaks through all barriers." The Rebbe.

When I am drumming, connecting to the Source of All BlesSings, I love seeing YOUR smiling hearts radiating from Hashem and illuminating and reflecting Divine light, and then mine drums in joy with yours. I always love hearing from YOU and hearing about your spiritual path.
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Please ask The Compassionate One for healing blessings / MiSheberach for all those you love, for healing comfort in Four Worlds of spirit, mind, body and soul. Remember to try to use the Hebrew name both of the one in need, along with the mother's Hebrew name. Torah.org offers MiSheberach lists you can use and you can pray for those listed. http://torah.org/services/cholim

Another source I like for Jewish prayer community is, "Daven For Me And I'll Daven For You". info@davenforme.org http://www.davenforme.org/ 718-437-8812. No charge.
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BlesSings of love, Shabbat shalom, prosperity, health and joy (of course).
See you in shul,

Joy Krauthammer
"Ivdu Et HaShem B'Simcha" Psalm 100:2
Serve G*D in Joy

CD REVIEW  - Joy Krauthammer
"Shlomo Carlebach Songs of Peace"

Singing "Shalom, Let There Be Peace", it feels as if Shlomo's, zt'l, voice is a crystal clear vibrant stream coming from Heaven on high, and down to us, embracing us to receive Shlomo's message. We can climb the ladder of his song with him, with every precious word.

"Shlomo Carlebach, Songs of Peace", is the newest CD of 1973 previously unreleased recorded performances. Here are several of Reb Shlomo's 5,000 composed songs, released by Sojourn Records, daughter, Neshama, and the Estate for Shlomo's 15th yahrzeit, 16 Cheshvan. www.sojournrecords.com/artistpage/shlomo_carlebach.

The vibrations of Reb Shlomo's voice penetrate the insides of my insides, my soul. The voice from 35 years ago; So strong, so powerful, so filled with the deepest desire for the whole world to hear his holy song, for their neshamas to be in Torah in the highest place.

Listening over and over again to the "Holy Beggar", grips me as I hear that "The Holy Beggar has no hands to take, only hands to give, no feet to run away, only feet to run to, to bring peace ..." "... He had no speech; lips were so holy, he could only sing and tell holy words." "Teach me Holy Beggar... You have to wait. The whole wide world is waiting to sing a song of Shabbos."


My heart melts, merges with song and Yerushalayim as all my cells know to play music with Shlomo, accompanying him and his holy musicians. As always, Shlomo's musicians are so fine on this new CD. (How I miss playing with him...)

The songs are familiar to Shlomo's chevre, i.e. "Yisrael B'Tach BaShem." Shlomo's voice is younger, reaching higher, notes extended on angel's wings. Heavenly whistling is heard by Shlomo in "Bo'l v'shalom." "L'Cha Dodi" was never more sweetly heard. And again in "V'Techezena", birds must be reaching to listen. Holy Chevre is present and we hear their clapping as Shlomo shares his wisdom, his connection to G*d. Can you hear it? Shlomo says, "Join me," in "Oseh Shalom." Feel deeply the chanted ending "Shalom" which only sounded better in person.

We remember our beloved Reb Shlomo Carlebach for his song, music, dance, teachings, Torah, love, mitzvot, connection to sages, old country, and his reaching out, mamash / truly to bring back to Judaism all the gevaldt souls; all the souls lost in the Shoah. "The light of G*d is for the whole world." I remember feeling this Light as I stood next to Shlomo and the hundreds of people at every concert and teaching, brought closer to G*d.

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FILM REVIEW  - Joy Krauthammer
"AS SEEN THROUGH THESE EYES"
Written & Directed by Hilary Helstein. Narrated by Maya Angelou

With my sister, I went to the Laemmle to see "As Seen Through These Eyes," a documentary about a dozen child and young adult survivors of the Holocaust. These Shoah victims physically and emotionally survived through the making of their art.

The artists had an intense need to paint what they saw, which is what we hear them say, now interviewed as adults. We see their eyes, the engraved numbers on their arms, and hear their emotional words, and their silence. By putting down on papers their witnessed monstrous visions, their expressions of life and death (during the concentration camps and after liberation), they could have some control of their lives, when otherwise, they had no other control in the death camps.

The memories of the dying and dead could be held/seen by others, even if the young camp artists did not survive. The artists with Yesh M'Ayin / something from nothing, could create picture memories. Whatever small paper and pencil stub or charcoal could be found, artists left their imprints and their vision. We are shown their awesome creations. The people were killed by the Nazis when their art was discovered. Some were successful in hiding their images under the bunks. Others were better kept with extra soup and bread because of their talent, and given colors to record reality for the SS.
On many levels, "As Seen Through These Eyes," is a meaningful, moving, powerful and important film, respectfully and artistically created. Yes, it is filled with obscene filmage and painted realistic and expressionist scenes. Even I, silently crying, managed to sit through the film which is the least I can do for the survivors and those who perished at the hands of the Nazis. (I know where my soul was during the Shoah.)

As an artist, I understand the compelling cathartic drive to create and to survive. (So sadly, it is always the Arts which are removed from the schools when budgets are cut.) In addition to my art forms, I remember that when my husband, z'l, was sick, paralyzed, and on life-support, I could go into my garden and forcefully weed. I could control what should not be in the life of my garden. A simple act of intense weeding with a ferocity of yanking and pulling out and destroying what should not be in my life. Whew. I also planted flowers at home, and created my expression of beauty and life for others in a "Garden of Joy" at Barlow Respiratory Hospital, knowing the future bulb flowers would be in memory of my husband, z'l. (I am glad that through the years, the staff and patients derive great pleasure from the increasing flowers.)

The artists may have painted in "red" and black, or in beauty, to survive their captors. It is not only the completion of the art, but the process, and living our lives with our human spirit. The art reflects the center of the experience of life, the inner significance: the struggles, the horrors, the miracles, the hope. The memories.
What are your weapons of war?

In my University of Judaism, MBA, 314 page Thesis, "Strategic Plan to Preserve and Energize the Arts in Los Angeles...", I quoted Dr. Jacob Neusner:

"We are Jews by reason of imagination. Our inner vision, our power to create out of the resources of heart and mind and soul - from these sources of intellect and sensibility alone flow our sense of individual self and society, the Jewish people. Artists are the guardians of the imagination in all its power and integrity; the sages of our day, the unacknowledged legislators of our future." Introduction, pg. 1.

From Elie Wiesel: "If we have learned one thing from our past it is that to live through dramatic events is not enough; one has to share them and transform them into acts of conscience." Goals, pg. 73.

In the eighties at a Jewish conference, I met a poet, Suzanne Sekeley, z'l. Over the years Suzanne would share her poetry with me in letters, on the phone and on tapes. She wrote to survive her childhood memories of the Holocaust. Suzanne wrote to spew it out of her life to purge herself, just as some of the artists did whom we meet on the screen. In the early eighties a Jewish magazine wanted me to write monthly as ARTS editor for them. I took the Jewish Calendar Magazine job ONLY on the condition that I could include poetry. I immediately published dear Suzanne's poetry so that I could help her live. Other Los Angeles poets found the space with me for years in the magazine. (Come to think of it, I still currently support Jewish poets.)

To personally survive the years of my husband's illness (eighteen years) and death, I wrote (and drummed). I sent out my poetry for publication because I was told my words could inspire others (as did my drumming). This movie has inspired me with how the human soul endures. It is why I encourage and guide other people to grow in their expression of soul.

Although the film is not currently locally scheduled, it will be soon available, B'zrat HaShem / G*d willing, in DVD for home, which is why I write and include this review. It is an official film for the UN Kristallnacht Commemoration 2009. As I write, it is that horrific anniversary from 1938. My recommendation is that you see this fine film. The writer, director Hilary Helstein, explained at a Laemmle Q&A, that she realized these artists who live around the world, have limited years on earth, and she wanted to know and share their inspirational stories before it is too late, once again. One film artist spoke of how he represented one million children of the six million Jews who perished. The film's one Gypsy artist, of blessed memory, touched me deeply. He too, had lost his entire village.

In the eighties I was running an art gallery I had opened for the Jewish community, NVJCC. An artist came to me, and yes, I showed his work, as I had done for others to help save their artistic souls. The artist, a Jewish, former Argentinean prisoner, had found a way to create art on the little, inside folded papers of cigarette wrappers, which he hid in the prison. After I gave the survivor a show, his work was shown on Public Television. There are other stories... We do what we can for the human spirit.

Yes, I was moved by this movie. You will recognize some of the survivors in the film (Simon Weisenthal, z'l), now not all alive, but their art and work lives on. I am grateful that I had the privilege to hear live, the film's harmonica player, Henry Rosmarin, z'l. You'll hear his emotional story from him about how his music with the SS guards saved his life.
(When I helped produce a shul's Reb Shlomo Carlebach and Daniel Pearl, z'l, memorial event a couple weeks ago, I made sure there was a soulful harmonica player.)

My sister, an art historian and English teacher, hopes to show the film to her high school students. There are local producers and distribution people.  Contact the distributor, Neil Friedman, to show it to your group. neilf@menemshafilms.com  http://www.menemshafilms.com/ . For more info, 310 452-1775.

Tell them Joy sent you. (I paid for my tickets.)
Thank you to the Laemmle for their dedication to Jewish films.
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"Then Miriam the Prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a timbrel in her hand,
and all the women went out after her with timbrels & dances." Exodus 15:20


"And the women dancing with their timbrels..."
watercolor by Joy Krauthammer
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THE SWEETEST OF THE SWEET  -  THE DEEPEST OF THE DEEP

Reb Shlomo Carlebach's, zt'l, yarhzeit, Jerusalem
photos and collage by Joy Krauthammer (c)
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