Lisa enjoyed a full class session presenting Yoga Shalom at the ROUTES Conference at American University in Washington DC. For the first time, the practice was interpreted for the hearing impaired. Thanks to Leana Jelen for helping out and making Yoga Shalom accessible to everyone!
Wonderful is an understatement for the event last week at Temple Dor Dorim in Weston FL. Chairperson Jodi Weiss and her amazing committee including Cantorial Soloist Allison Teisch deserve accolades for the publicity and set up of this event that drew 75 people, including the press! Thanks to all of you this was Yoga Shalom's biggest event ever!
Beautiful B'nai Torah!
It was a very special weekend celebrated with Temple B'nai Torah in Wantagh, NY! Many thanks to Cantor Steven Sher, Rabbi Marci Bellows and everyone who worked to make the weekend a success. From choir rehearsal, to shabbat service, from Yoga Shalom to Cuba Concert with Gerard Edery, it truly was a blessing to share music, friendship and fun this extraordinary community. Next year on Jerusalem Avenue!
Lisa and Dave in Davis!
Dave Nachmanoff, singer-songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire joined Lisa at Bet Haverim Davis, CA for an evening concert. After all the Yoga Shalom appearrances, Lisa was knackered, so Dave did all the heavy lifting. It was a lovely evening...thanks again to Rabbi Greg Wolfe for putting the whole event together.
The weekend was marked by many highlights beginning with rehearsal on Wednesday night and continuing with the Soulful Shabbat Ruach Service written by Cantor Lisa! Cantor Meeka Simerly and her Temple choir, under the direction of Mary Linduska sang beautifully while backed by the Bandits band, accompanied by Liz Herman! Many thanks to Meeka and Rabbi Dana Magat as well as everyone in attendance. The weekend continued with Yoga Shalom Shacharit embodiment and a luncheon concert with the Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-el, such a treat! Thanks to the Sisterhood for sponsoring the weekend and for everyone on the staff and in the congregation who made this exprience at TE so special.
Memorable Jewish Book Council Tour!
Lisa's Yoga Shalom tour of Los Gatos, San Jose and Davis was a hit. Classes were filled and participants left rejuvinated. Browse the pics for details. Thank you Rabbi James Greene of the Los Gatos JCC, Rabbi Dana Magat of Temple Emanu-el San Jose and Rabbi Greg Wolfe of Bet Haverim in Davis. Couldn't have done it without you!
Full House in Fellowship at MLK 2013
Temple Shalom again shared it's Bima and MLK Shabbat with members of the Wilson Senior High Chamber Choir, Washington Revel Jubilee Voices and Boys and Girls Club of D.C. Jazz Ensemble. This was Tony Small and Lisa's Tenth MLK Shabbat together and Lori Williams' fourth! Many thanks to Temple Shalom's Shir Shalom and Youth Choirs and Bands. The Shabbat Celebration was marked by incredible music and worship shared by all. A highlight was "I Can Hear God's Joyful Music" sung by the Wilson Choir. The words and dreams of Dr. King live on in our collective and shared histories as we continue the work he began. Congrats to everyone who participated!
Fun in Fort Lauderdale
It felt just like a Rachael Rae TV Set at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie, Florida where Lisa presented Yoga Shalom as part of the 25th Annual Book Fair! Many Thanks to Debbie Hochman and her fabulous co-chairs Monica Genet and Laurie Suskind who treated Lisa like a celebrity from start to finish. Because of the incredible set up for the day which included candles, couches, palm trees, open space and large screen with a convenient signing table, Yoga Shalom sold out! Author Andrea Lieber shared the morning with Lisa and it was a true spiritual awakening. Ladies, you sure know how to throw a book signing!
JBC Book Tour in San Diego
Lisa had a nice group of enthusiastic practitioners at the San Diego JCC Book Fair. Thank you to everyone who made the day flow so smoothly!
Jewish Book Council Tour Kick Off at 43rd Annual Rockville Book Fair
Lisa was the lead off author at the 43rd Annual Rockville JCC Book Fair. She was joined by an enthusiastic group of women who enjoyed a lunchtime hour of yoga and renewal. Next stop: San Diego!
WRJ Mid Atlantic Conference Kudos
There is something about spending Shabbat morning with 80 beautiful women, gathered for prayer at the WRJ Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference in Wilmington DE that defies description. Warmth, love, support, inspiration and sisterhood infused our time together. From Shabbat morning services with intern Toba Straus and saying the Shema wrapped in our tallitot in support of Anat Hoffman and Women of the Wall to inspirational words by Rabbi Rex Perlmeter on embracing change, to an afternoon of Yoga Shalom relaxation, a great time was had by all!
Lisa had full classes two mornings for Yoga Shalom at NewCAJE at Montclaire State University in NJ. Thanks to the great friends who made the effort to get up early and who bought the book. It was an amazing conference filled with learning, networking and music. Watch for Events and the Yoga Shalom Book Tour, coming to a city near you.
May we all be together again soon!
May we all be together again soon!
Thank you Portland
Lisa shared a lot of new music at the recent American Conference of Cantors/ GTM Convention in Portland Oregon. Behold How Good/Hallelu was featured as a new release by Transcontinental Music Publications on the opening night, the choral arrangement by David Shukiar finally available! The new unpublished choral music concert featured Lisa's gospel anthem Grant Peace which appeared last on the program to rousing support! Finally Lisa's newest teaching song, Yotzeir Or, commissioned by Cantor Sally Neff formher 6th grade class, was selected to be presented in the new unpublished solo works. The highlight of the convention was the final night worship with the D.C area Cantors which featured music from Hava Nashira and Lisa's Bayom Hahu, published by Transcontinental Music, which was copied by permission of the publisher for everyone in attendance. Thanks to everyone for making the Convention so special and for all the support!
The weather was stormy but the atmosphere warm and cosy in Madison WI this past weekend where Lisa presented "Cuba Revisited" with Cantor Debby Martin. The Temple Beth El Choir joined the duo as they sang and narrated their way through their recent Mission to Cuba. The evening was a rousing success thanks to Jackie Foreman on percussion, Marty Griffin on violin and Ted Reinkey on piano. Thanks to everyone who made the evening such as great success!
Adventures in Jewish Cuba
Lisa's fourth humanitarian Mission to Cuba with Temple Shalom of Chevy Chase and Bethesda Jewish Congregation under the leadership of Rabbi Sunny Schnitzer also included her colleagues Cantors Dana Anesi and Debra Martin and Sephardic song man Gerard Edery with Polish mezzo-soprano Malgorzata Panko. The highlights included a concert at the newly renovated Synagogue Sephardi in Havana, the city of Santi Spiritus and the distant city of Camaguay. Shabbat services Friday eve and Saturday morning in Santa Clara were magnificent and honored two upcoming Cuban B'nai Mitzvah students, providing the ultimate Jewish Cuban spiritual experience. Always an adventure, this trip proved to be particularly festive with Gerard Edery serenading the crowds wherever we went including Cienfuegos and Caibarrien, outlying communities. Many hundreds of pounds of humanitarian goods were delivered to each Jewish community and family, along with support and friendship. Visits to all the Jewish cemeteries and the Holocaust Memorial in Santa Clara where all the leaders were presented with copies of the newly minted documentary DVD of the project in which Lisa is featured, were distributed. It was an unforgettable mission where we connected with old friends, made new friends and ran into colleagues along the way. May we continue to support the Jews of Cuba through our tzedakah and humanitarian aid. They very much need everything we can give them. To read more about Cuba go to the archived articles from previous missions in 2005, 2007 and 2009. To donate go to: http://thecajm.org www.bnaibrith.org/cubanjewishrelief