Julie Silver Packs the Pews
Lisa was joined by the great singer songwriter Julie Silver this past Shabbat as Julie inspired members of the TSYouth, Ruach Teen and Shir Shalom Adult Choirs along with a packed house at Temple Shalom! Thanks Julie for making our prayers and our worship so memorable and so special.
Finally, the long wait is over, after almost two years of work. Lisa's newest release "Sowing Seeds" features the hip Israeli Jazz Band Seeds of Sun led by Mattan Klein, who turned some of her old hits and new favorites into jazz covers. Guests on the album include: Hannah Spiro, Sam Glaser, Julie Silver, Todd Herzog, Lori Williams, Doug Cotler, Peri Smilow, Gerard Edery, Noah Aronson and Mikey Pauker, who interpreted the tunes and turned them into instant classics. Dave Nachmanoff is featured on guitars and backup vocals courtesy of some very dedicated Youth and Teen Choir singers of Temple Shalom. This is a true collaborative effort and a perfect gift for the holidays.
Aleph KALLAH 2013
Lisa was honored to attend her first ever Aleph KALLAH in Rindge New Hampshire where she shared Yoga Shalom to full classes in the Davennen program, performed a few songs in the Coffee House show and presented The Jewish Gospel Experience Concert to a standing room only crowd! The outpouring of love and support was infectious as fellow attendees shared their knowledge, spirits and voices throughout the week. Blessings and thanks to teachers, presenters, performers and staff who gave their energies to created a spiritual oasis for all.
WCN Telling our Stories Singing our Songs
It was an emotional time with very special people at the recent WCN Conference at Temple Beth Emet in Ann Arbor MI. Many thanks to Annie Rose, Chair of the Conference as well as her fabulous team of worker bees. The Conference was filled with inspiring moments, great learning and time to enjoy one another's company. We are filled to overflowing until next year at Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, MD!
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!