Beit Tefilah Israeli - A Journey to New Forms of Israeli Prayer: November 16 at HUC-JIR/New York

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Beit Tefilah Israeli - A Journey to New Forms of Israeli Prayer: Musical Workshop and Performance with Beit Tefilah Israeli Leaders and Musicians.

November 16, 2010 at 10:45 am in the CL at HUC-JIR/New York


Over the last 6 years, Beit Tefilah Israeli (BTI) has successfully created a community built around a new model of a synagogue.  Services in BTI combine live music, modern Israeli poetry, literature and personal prayers with the traditional prayer book, striving to renew and revitalize the notion of prayer and to form a new indigenous Israeli liturgical language, rooted in the Israeli contemporary culture.

BTI has become a “model community”, and the flagship of the whole phenomenon of Jewish renewal in Israel that is trying new ways of engaging secular Israelis with their Jewish identity and values.  During the summers, BTI hold its weekly Kabbalat Shabbat at the Tel Aviv Port, a unique Jewish mass event that gathers more than 700 people every week.

Beit Tefilah Israeli Tour in the US:

For the first time, Esteban Gottfried, BTI co-founder and spiritual leader, together with 3 of BTI musicians, Yotam Mahler (Piano and vocals), Yonatan Niv (Cello and vocals) and Atalya Lavi (Piano and vocals) will be giving musical performances and workshops across Jewish Communities and institutions in the US during November 2010. At Hebrew Union College, on November 16, the group will be joined by Cantorial student Andrea Rae Markowitz. 

The workshop / performance

"Beit Tefilah Israeli - A Journey to New forms of Israeli Prayer" is a 90 min performance of Israeli devotional and liturgical music, accompanied by stories about the Jewish Spiritual Renaissance in Israel.  This program will be an exciting opportunity for the entire HUC-JIR community to explore this new phenomenal Israeli group.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.