Joyous CHAI LIGHTS, Sept. Oct. 2010



September, October, 2010 ~ Elul, Tishrei 5771
a ketivah v'chatimah tovah
Chag Sameach
Dear Chevre,

 JOYous CHAI LIGHTS, after 3 decades, has transformed from a monthly to a bi-monthly magazine of mostly baby boomer JEWISH RENEWAL spirituality and ARTS interest.
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I hope you are well, and always love hearing from YOU.

Joy's ribboned timbrel  ~

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

"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

NEW  expanded sites by Joy Krauthammer
My 38 sites with lots of stories and illustrative photos.  
(I love giving readings of my poetry so feel free to invite me to your shuls or salons.)

* If you would like me to give a workshop on any of my passions, call me or leave a COMMENT  below, or write to me at 
joyofwisdom1 @ or at my AJU address. Delete spaces surrounding @.

Read teachings on current holidays, from my rebbes under Joy's Personal Torah. 

HIGH HOLIDAYS is the season to look into which synagogue, rabbi, and Jewish community organization you wish to spend your precious High Holy days. We are blessed to have so many spiritual riches in LA.

Remain where you are, and also discover new shuls and their services in all denominations. If your shul meets only the first day of Rosh Hashana, find another for the second day. Wonderful guest rabbis are visiting our shuls. Some are only early limited RSVPs. View SHULS below for a banquet of choices in the trans-denominational shuls.
If you want me to include your info, do send a line or two to me.

T’shuvah – deep self-reflection, making amends, asking for and offering forgiveness. By means of teaching and periods of silent meditation, participants will work with this powerful practice of attunement with the Divine. 
From my Jerusalem rebbe Yosef Ben Shlomo HaKohen, editor "Hazon – Our Universal Vision"  A Letter to My Visionary Friends: 

"Dear Friends,
 During ELUL we prepare for Rosh Hashana – the New Year. This is a season of “teshuvah” – spiritual return; thus, during Elul, it customary to blow the shofar at the end of the weekday morning service. The sound of the shofar serves as a reminder to all of us to begin the journey “home” – to our Creator, to our own souls that were created in the image of the Creator, and to the Torah path of our Creator which enables us to fulfill the life-giving purpose of the Divine creation.

The sound of the shofar is a wake-up call, and it is not just a wake-up call to become aware of our personal and collective weaknesses which are preventing us from fulfilling our mission on this earth. The sound of the shofar is to also serve as a wake-up call to become aware of our personal and collective strengths which can enable us to fulfill our mission on earth, as individuals and as a people."

To read the rest of my rebbe's Letter, contact me to send his address to you. See Reb Yosef's info below under JOY's Personal Torah Note. 
For ELUL, read  for an extensive sharing of SHOFAR information. Contact Michael to teach.
If you know of Elul Chesbon HaNefesh workshops, let me know and I'll include.
My Rosh Hashana BlesSings to you

CONTENTS MOVED FURTHER DOWN BY ACCIDENT, and I can't fix at this time. sorry.

* * * * * * *    HAPPENINGS
ARTS, Movies, Joy's story links, Festivals, Retreats, Mazal Tovs, News.

THE HEALING BEAT. Join me Sunday, Sept., 26, 1-5 pm at REMO for
UCLA ARTS AND HEALING Festival Program Sampler with mini sessions in theatre, memories, moevement, communication intimacy, and drumming featuring master drum facilitator and music therapist, Christine Stevens.
Joy Krauthammer & Kabbalah Bach, sound healers, offer the soothing sounds of the crystal and Tibetan singing bowls from 1-2 pm. Together they are KabbalahJOY, and Kabbalah also plays in Gaia Mama. Read web site for other presenting teachers and future programs. . 310 452-1439. for location in N. Hollywood. Coldwater Canyon, 1/2 block north of Sherman Way on east side of street.
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Reunion in Northridge Park. Bring memories. 818 360-2211.
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JEWISH COUNTY FAIR. Sun. Oct.3.  The Shalom Institute, Malibu, RSVP 818 889-5500.
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JERUSALEM SOUL and all it symbolizes bridging cultures through Dance & Song.
Sat., Oct. 9, 8:30 pm.  Keshet Chaim, Rami Kleinstein, Miri Mesika, Agape International Choir.  Ford Theatres.  818 986-7332. 323 461-3673
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STORIES FROM MY FAVORITE PLANET: A Musical Tribute to Journalist Daniel Pearl.
Tues., Oct. 12, 7:30 pm. Mitchell Newman, violin, Russell Steinberg, piano, read words of slain reporter Daniel Pearl. Concert held in conjunction with more than 800 concerts worldwide as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Fee.  Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. 818 788-6000.
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Entertainment, vendors, food. 10 am-9 pm. St.. Cyril School, 4548 Haskell Ave., Encino. 818 789-4711  new location and design.
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UCLA Department of Jewish Studies offers their new year of free lectures. Contact UCLA for full brochure.
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CAFE CHABAD. Evening of Jewish Spirit, Music & Laughter, and food, with PINI COHEN in concert. Sat., Oct., 30, 8 pm.  Chabad of Chatsworth, 20735 Devonshire St. $18.  818 718-0777/ . Enjoy the beautifully newly decorated synagogue.
(Did you know that I am a Chabadnic since I met the Rebbe in 1970? !)
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HANDS ON MUSIC with Yuval Ron. Six part workshop series, 7:30 pm. 11/2, 12/7, 1/4/2011, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3.  Valley Beth Shalom, Eninco, 818 788-6000  Yuval always offers enlighting musical events.
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Rabbi SHEFA GOLD chanting workshop, sponsored by Shtibl Minyan at private location, Nov. 7, 1-4 pm. Info 
I've been chanting with Shefa since 1994 and it takes me to high places.
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HAARETZ JEWISH RENEWAL story, July 28, 2010 
I'm happy to find a news story about Renewal.
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JEWTOPIA. Greenway Court Theatre, 544 N. Fairfax Ave. W. Hollywood.  800  595-4849.
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JEWELS OF ELUL VI. Another annual Rosh Hashanah gift of stories compiled by Craig Taubman.
Sign up at
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I am mamash / truly excited to share that Aleph's KALLAH 2011, Gevaldt best spiritual retreat. coming to greater LA, Southern CA next year. University of Redlands, June 27 - July 3, 2011. Gevaldt / best spiritual retreat. Make Kallah your next summer's holiday. I've been going since 1993 and Kallah is the spiritual highlight of my year. I bring back with me to LA and to the shuls where I share, the brilliant light and joy that I receive at Kallah.
I hope you request from Aleph their application to teach whether for the week or a single workshop. Let's show Kallah how high spirited we LA Jews are!
Tell Kallah that Joy Krauthammer sent you.
Friends from many countries go to Kallah.
Kallah is joyous, fun, expansive, spiritual, artistic, experiential, meditative and filled with the best Jewish Torah teachers, davvening, music, activities and veggie food.
We in LA save on the airfare; can drive, and bring our Torahs, drums, timbrels and song and dance!!!!!


JOSPEL, Jewish Gospel, Shir Ecstasy Choir director, Sharon Alexander (from Switzerland)
KALLAH Ohio JOSPEL CHOIR photo (c) Ann Silver 
View all of Ann Silver's 2009 KALLAH photos at  Password is kallahohio.
That's me with the timbrel on far left upper level. Join me in the choir.
It's so much fun after daily workshops, choosing one of the choirs to sing in and then to perform for 1,000 friends at Malavah Malkah.

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AriellaShira Lewis and I taught at Kallah and we are available in LA:
Baby-Boomer Journeying from Mid-life to Elder & Sage 
I loved teaching Simchat Chochmah for the CSUN graduate Gerontology students.
Click on my (Joy's) personal website for full details and photos:
Details on SIMCHAT CHOCHMAH also found below in INTRODUCTION Letter.
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"KOL CHEVRE" 16th edition is being prepared. I love reading what the Chevre shares about Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, and their own spiritual lives. 
Annual journal can be ordered from Emuna Witt (HaLevy)  $20.
YOU are invited to share YOUR Reb Shlomo stories in the next Kol Chevre edition. Write for theme.
Send to:  or
My story about Reb Shlomo, and photographs of Reb Aryeh Hirschfield, z'l, have been published in the current KOL CHEVRE. For my Shlomo story, also see my web link:  
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BEYOND THE CAMERA, exhibition of photographic work by Susan Berkowitz, Marcie Kaufman, Tamar Lando and Sammy Silberstein, American Jewish University’s Platt and Borstein Galleries. Make sure to view any art in the adjacent corridor leading to dining hall. Ends Nov. 21. Gallery Hours, Sunday - Thurs. 10am - 4pm and Fri. 10am to 2 pm. AJU, 15600 Mulholland, parking is free. (310) 476-9777 ext. 201.
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NEW exhibits & music
SKIRBALL  (310) 440-4500, See full listing below under ARTS LA.
GEORGE SEGAL sculpture of Adam and Eve ends, Sept. 5. Watch the fantastic 40 minute movie on Segal's art. For decades I love his art!~ ~ ~

GETTY CENTER. 310 440-7300   Always love this museum. See under ARTS LA. Parking fee.

GETTY VILLA, Malibu.  Read my full REVIEW under ARTS.  I visited the magnificent museum north of Santa Monica and totally loved being on the grounds with pools of water, fountains and gardens, and enjoyed the temporary and permanent exhibits.  
Easy to reserve free tix and fee parking. 310 440-7300.
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The ANNENBERG SPACE For Photography. See ARTS below.
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ACADEMY OF JEWISH RELIGION, Rabbinical, Cantorial, Chaplaincy programs.. 
I love what this school offers and their teachers. To learn, students travel here from all over the country. Ask about their special guest lectures. 310 824-1586
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AMERICAN JEWISH UNIVERSITY, offers undergraduate, graduate and rabbinic school, as well as full adult education program. I'm an alumnus & a DCE teacher. Call to receive their brochures. (310) 476-9777, (310)-440-1246.
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IVDU ET HASHEM B'SIMCHA, newly edited version of siddur by one of my favorite rabbis, David Zaslov.  For your copy, write to
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For your childrens' free BIRTH RIGHT trip to Israel conatact:

~ ~ ~ AVIVABELL, artist of light. AvivaBell photography can be framed and given as gifts. Travel, Art, Nature, Portraits. Aviva is available for photo shoots in DC area.  I love Aviva's sense of perspective, sensitivity and humor.
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*GOLDSTAR*: To sign up for FREE info on half-price ARTS tickets for events, theatre, music, etc. write:

* * * * * * *  SHULS, MINYANS
Challah & Chevre (c) Joy Krauthammer    
Mostly Renewal, Aleph, alternative, egalitarian, post-denominational, pluralistic, women's, progressive; 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)

LEV EISHA (Heart of a Woman) monthly Shabbat service, resumes THIS Sept. 4 with an early 8:30 AMbreakfast teaching.  Oct. 2. Rabbi Toba August. Regular service 9:30 am.  Pray and stay for Kiddush, blesSings, schmoozing, feasting and joy. LEV EISHA meet in the beautiful sanctuary at Vista Del Mar. 3200 Motor Ave, LA. 90034. Immediately a few feet 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.  
Save date, Nov. 6 for early 8:30 am Breakfast & Study and/or read our ads in the LA Jewish Journal paper edition.

LEV EISHA is where I love to be. Davenen, my heart and soul soar 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 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 new spiritual songs for you! Poet-in-Residence - Sarah Barash. 
An awesome ambience for experiential expansive prayer celebration where our 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.
* Prepare for prayer. Come stretch with us, metaphorically and literally, into expansion to receive and give and that equals love/Chesed.
* a joyous, spiritual sanctuary for women of all ages and affiliations to come together in enthusiasm, heart, energy & intellect: in Torah, 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. 

As it was in the redemption from Egypt so too it will be with the final redemption, that "In the Merit of the Righteous Women We Will Be Redeemed!"  (Midrash Ruth)

LEV EISHA musicians are happy to come to your minyans, Rosh Chodeshessimchas.

 Joy Krauthammer and Cindy Paley
  (c) Janis Cohen
NEW LOCATION and guest rabbis
MAKOM OHR SHALOM, 7:45 pm at MOS' new location. Join us in new brightly lit, beautiful chapel location. I'll be present with timbrels and drums. 
HIGH HOLIDAY rabbis include: J.B. Saks, Toba August, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.  Yom kippur Healing Service 2:30 pm. I play my crystal & Tibetan Singing Bowls for Healing sessions.
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Guest rabbis:
Oct. 1, Simchat Torah - Rabbi Toba August. Oct 15 - R. Emily Feigenson. Nov. 5 - R. Laura Owens. Nov 19 - Cantorial Soloist Mitzi Schwarz.

NEW LOCATION 17500 Burbank Blvd. @ Encino, SW corner, Encino, CA 91316. PARK free in rear of Bethel Lutheran church.
MAKOM OHR SHALOM Cantor/Rabbi Monty Turner. Soloists: Dana Stone-Goldberg. Guest musicians include: Alan Klein - horn, David Platus - clarinet, Joy Krauthammer - percussionist, Eli Lester - drummer, Steve Berman - harmonica,  Sandy Lessner (Berman) - violinist. Theresa Nivon, High Holiday choir director.  Shabbat dinners, Torah study, Havdalahs, Havurahs, Chagim, 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 present (and at 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."

To view years of fantastic Makom Ohr Shalom spiritual photos by artist of light, Mark Reden: Ask for their new site.

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.

Richard Hardy, Joy Krauthammer, Alula, Marc Bachrach
Musicians for two decades at B'nai Horin
Steve Greenberg (c) Jewish Journal award-winning cartoonist
Soloist Mark Bachrach on shofar; all of us from Rabbi Stan Levy's congregation B'nai Horin.
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B'NAI HORIN -Children of Freedom, mostly monthly intimate Shabbat Saturday services.
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. It is a blesSing to be in Carole Foley's home heavenly garden filled with singing birds, 11040 Queensland, West LA, one light south of National, 1 1/2 blocks east of Sepulveda Blvd. . (310) 441-4434.
Simchat Torah, Oct. 2, 10 am-2 pm at Rabbi Stan and Lynda's home.
Ahuva Gray guest speaker, Oct. 12 at Carole Foley's home.

For two decades of this 40 year old shul, you may find me there with my timbrel in hand, or playing Tibetan singing bowls, and with an open heart, dancing in the garden. Blessed, B'nai Horin was my very first Renewal Shul. Reb David Zeller, z'l and Yael Taubman from Jerusalem directed me here. This is where I first met Aleph founder, Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. 

ROSH HASHANA 2nd day also with cantorial soloist Debbie Friedman. 
FRIDAY, September 10th, 10 am to 12:30 pm  See web. Early RSVP necessary.
Awesome musicians play every year.
Woodland Hall, Temescal Gateway Park, Pacific Palisades
TASHLICH on the beach following 2nd day.
Sukkot. Sept. 25 10 am at Rabbi and Lynda Levy's home. See web for info.
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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 other musicians (Joy Krauthammer - percussionist at times) accompanied by Joel Warren - pianist. 
Guest Mussar and Torah teachers. Participatory musical worship service. Many interesting classes and salons are offered.

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.
Sunset and 405 IS A DRIVING ISSUE during overpass construction. Try to use underpass south of shul to go north. For driving issues during 405 construction:

I have totally loved serving on occasion as percussionist with this musical minyan. I love attending the participatory hour earlier teachings in the intimate room. I love receiving Torah aliyahs. I love feeling winged angels flying high from the cantor's sweet sounds. I love that many teachers get to offer their wisdom.  

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. Julie creates the artistic site.
Member, Len Felder, Ph.D. writes the shul blog:
Mazal tov to new board of directors members. Yasher Koach to Jean Katz for your past presidency.
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N'SHAMA MINYAN.  Summer hiatus. 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 (led by Susan Gilboa North), spirit, study. Rabbi Nina creates a Torah and new song supplement for every service. Sisterhood minyan led by and for women, and all are invited. Women who have never held Torah are invited to hold the Torah. 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)

Join us. Meets at Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino, 91436. (818) 788-6000 or Susan: (818) 343-3078. Always welcoming congregants (as did Reb Shlomo, zt'l), Shirley Lowy stands smiling at the shul door sharing hugs and welcomes for all services.

VALLEY BETH SHALOM (VBS) is like an exciting city unto itself..
College of Jewish Studies, Wed. night's 7 pm class with Rabbi Ed Feinstein. Different teachers each week. Rabbi Feinstein has Lunch and Learn.
While at VBS, check out all their daily many varied fantastic spiritual offerings with many wonderful rabbis and cantors. I enjoy playing at VBS. 
Try their RIMONIM Erev Shabbat, 6:30 pm. Middle-Eastern, North African musical service with Rabbi Farkas and Cantor Phil Baron. I love it. Listen to their  new CD. It's great.
The VBS Library Minyan is also precious to me. It is where Reb Moshe Cohen, z'l, gave me my very first aliyah, as shomer, Joyce Kirsch, z'l, stood by my side. May their memories be for blesSings.
Read  for schedules.
YUVAL RON, Valley Beth Shalom series, Music As A Bridge resumes in Fall. 

A dozen years ago I (Joy Krauthammer) went to the World Sacred Music Festival in Fez, and explored the Jewish medinas and danced with the Sufi, Berbers, Taureqs/Blue men and Gnawa musicians through the star-filled night, especially in the Sahara by the sand dunes 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. You may see me with my Moroccan frame drums when I play.
Most amazing to me was that my Moroccan Arab musician tour guide, Hamid Mernissa, was the grandson of his "maternal Jewish grandmother, Sarah." Shh. I had the chutzpah to ask him if he had any Jewish relatives... and this was his answer.
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METIVTA. Friday and Sat. services. 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, pot luck themed holiday Shabbat dinner and a discussion of the weekly Torah  parsha. Metivta offers Thurs. meditations, but not until 2011. It is a gift that Metivta Valley members like Gilla Nissan, the Glasers and Morgensterns offer their homes for spiritual Services. Founded by Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man.
RSVP to Gilla via e mail: . 
For services questions only at Gilla's home, call 818 990-7942. for updates on High Holidays, etc. RETREAT. DEEPENING YOUR JEWISH SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Metivta offers the Fall High Holidays retreat,  at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino, CA. Explore deep and resonant Jewish spiritual practices drawing from the contemplative tradition. The retreat includes meditation, prayer, blessing, chant, and teachings. 
Metivta's Annual Fall Retreat September 3-5, 2010, three days before High Holidays.
For more information contact
Write for Sukkot service.

“Ultimately, the goal of t’shuvah is to retroactively change the results of our actions; to turn the negative into a positive. The action cannot be undone, but the significance of the act can be changed.” - Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man

T’shuvah – deep self-reflection, making amends, asking for and offering forgiveness. By means of teaching and periods of silent meditation, participants will work with this powerful practice of attunement with the Divine. 
Metivta's High Holiday services are held at the Olympic Collection, Los Angeles CA. (818) 654-9293. for updates on High Holidays, etc. 
Over two decades ago, I began meditation with Metivta. On occassion, I love serving as percussionist.
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MALIBU Jewish Center & Synagogue. Weekly Shabbat services with Rabbi Judith HaLevy & (Argentinean) glorious Cantor Marcelo Gindlin. Chaplain Ruth Belonsky plays exquisite soulful violin. (I love accompanying them when I attend.) 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 am. 310 456-2178
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THE ONE SOUL MINYAN.  Monthly third Saturdays, with Rabbi Mark Borovitz and Cantor Rebecca of Beit T'Shuvah (addiction rehabilitation center). Exhilarating musical service and new siddur. Third Shabbat held at Valley Beth Shalom location in most months.. VBS Rabbi Ed Feinstein and other visiting rabbis and cantors participate in service, asking serious questions of the participants, residents and visiting congregants. V.B.S. 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 to play, 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. 310 204-5200 This organization collects for their thrift store.
MAZAL TOV to Cantor Rebekah Mirsky on receiving ordination from AJR. I loved witnessing your smeecha.
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ONE SHABBAT MORNING (OSM) with Craig Taubman & wonderful musicians at Adat Ari El, 12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village. Sat., Oct. 2, Guest: Josh Nelson, Michelle Citrin. 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.)
Craig's newest CD is HOLY GROUND and it is the best. I  love it. Google to purchase.

JEWELS OF ELUL is published once again for High Holidays, compiled by Craig Taubman. Contact Craig to receive Daily ELULS.
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(c) Joy Krauthammer

HAPPY MINYAN 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 over 15 years ago. The chevra 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). Regular great classes and visiting guest scholars. Musical Havdalahs. Yehuda of Moshav Band davvens with Happy Minyan. MOSHAV - does many Melave Malka Concerts, Sat. night, Happy Minyan, Mitzvah g'dola lihiyot b'simcha Tamid. It's a big mitzvah to be happy. 310 285-7777.  Read website for Parsha commentaries.
Thanks to Happy Minyan for having my nephew, Daniel Krauthammer, chant Torah.~ ~ ~

Temple Israel's SIMPLY SHABBAT service with Cantor Danny Maseng is wonderful.
Check their website for the upcoming couple dates.  9:15 am involved lay lead Torah study with bagels, then 10 am service filled with singing, just like on Masengs CD, SOUL ON FIRE, which I love. There was Torah discussion but NO Torah scroll being read during service when I went to Simply Shabbat.
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SHTIBL MINYAN, lay-led, meets weekly, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA (south of Pico) at Workman's Circle, Arbeter Ring location on Sat. Mornings. . Enjoy exhibits in the Shenere Velt Gallery in main hall.
Shtibl sponsors Rabbi SHEFA GOLD for workshop in private home, Nov. 7, 1-4 pm. Contact Rabbi Mike Comins of Torahtrek@Torahtrekcom 
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IKAR, Shabbats with Rabbi Sharon Brous (Time Magazine top rabbis' list), and newly AJU ordained Rabbi Lizzie and Cantor Hillel. Call for schedule. , 5870 W. Olympic Blvd., LA 90036. Restricted street parking. Lot in rear.
 I loved the spirit, filled with Reb Shlomo, z'l, song.
This is where my daughter davens when she visits. Mostly a younger congregation who love dancing. Djembe drummers, so you know I loved the beat.
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NASHUVA, Erev Shabbats with Rabbi Naomi Levy, one of Time Magazine's top rabbis. Wonderful musicians. ? -First Friday each month.

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OHR HA TORAH, every Shabbat with Rabbi Mordecai Finley, meets west LA. I was a founding member of this large shul and played gong for their opening. R. Finley is known for his brilliant teachings each morning before services and other days.
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Rabbi Ahud Sela (from Sinai Temple, LA) joins Temple Ramat Zion in Northridge.
Rabbi Debra Silver (from Shomrei Torah Syn.) joins Adat Ari El.  Mazal tov on AJU smeecha.
Rabbi Hillel Lester. Mazal tov to you and mishpucha on smeecha from Jerusalem.Let's visit these shuls, with new energy infusing them.

* * * * * * * HOLY GATHERINGS

Shabbats, live TORAH, LA teachers, workshops, classes, etc.

Challahs and Chevra
 (c) Joy Krauthammer

OPEN DOOR SHABBAT, with the Owens and Lesters on alternating months. Celebrate and welcome the Sabbath Bride monthly 2nd Erev Shabbats, Fridays, 6:30 PM.  ___  at the Owen's home Nov. 12. (not Oct.) Shayna & Eli Lester or Linda & Gerry Owens host each monthly Open Door Shabbat. Call them to confirm time, date, location in Santa Monica.  RSVP
Prayer, holy movement, good vibrations. We send blesSings to the families.

Wonderful musicians and friends come 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. 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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Reb Yedidyah continues to teach Rebbe Nachman's masterwork, Likutey Moharan, at the home of Shalom Yakov Mann, 1037 South Sherbourne Drive, Sundays, 8:30 pm. Must confirm.

Other classes are on hiatus/concluded for the summer at Kollel Mogen David, and in the fall hopefully resume each week, Mon, Tues, Thurs. 8 - 9:30 pm. Also on hiatus is class on the Zohar of the Parsha on Wed. nights. (Free classes open to all include discussion of Torah subjects as they apply to our daily lives. Donations welcome as are sponsorships.)
The objective of classes is to come closer to HaShem and Torah, to unify the Name, to strengthen faith and prayer, and to expand our consciousness beyond the narrow confines of our world in flux.
Confirm dates and time with Reb Yedidyah at or 310-630-9696.

Chevra, I have not studied with musician, Reb Yedidyah, but I hear he is "brilliant" and his classes divine. 
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CHAI CENTER. Shabbat dinners for 60 !!! Schwartzie and Rebbetzin Olivia open their doors to strangers, holidays, giant Sukkot sukkah, Pesach events and women's events. This is an awesome mamash gevaldt family. Send them my love. RSVP.  Ask about their teachings and get on their mailing list. In the summers, they teach at Ascent in Tsfat.
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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. 
Free and fee, and sponsorship opportunities available. Can we have this in the Valley? Ask to receive their mailings.
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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: 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 Carlebach, zt'l used to stay in her parents' LA home. I loved learning with her chevre and it felt mamash spiritually good to be there. Confirm days, times and go learn.
Mrs. Chana Rachel Shusterman teaches 10 - 11 am, Mondays, 423 N. Fuller Ave. 
Mrs. Sanowicz 11 - 11:45 am, Mondays, 458 N. Fuller Ave.
Rabbi Raichik, 10 am, Wed., 165 S. Hudson Ave.
Rabbis Berkowitz and Kesselman
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Arbeter Ring, WORKMAN'S CIRCLE, 1525 S. Robertson Blvd., LA (south of Pico). Lectures, poetry reading with Uncle Ruthie and others, concerts, Yiddish.  Enjoy exhibits in the Shenere Velt Gallery.

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Ongoing Arts, museums, concerts, Joy's arts classes, More ARTS above at HAPPENINGS.

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.
REBBE SOUL's Bruce Berger visits LA with planned house concerts.
Sept. 6 @ 3 pm, Sept. 12 @ 4 pm.
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DANIEL PEARL WORLD MUSIC DAYS CONCERT at Valley Beth Shalom. 818 788-6000 Oct. 12. for full info.
REad full Daniel Pearl World Music Days CALENDAR.
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A terrific link to ARTS calendar for every LA museum:
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 JEWS ON VINYLends-Sept. 5. Spans the history of Jewish recorded music from the 1940's to the 1980's. Set in a retro 1950's-style living room equipped with listening stations. Lots of album art.

GEORGE SEGAL's The Expulsion sculpture with photos of artist. The accompanying lengthy video of artist is fantastic.  Exhibit has ended.
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. 310 440-4500 Sepulveda Pass @ Skirball Drive (Mulholland Drive) Free on Thursdays.
View free films on Tuesdays.  Enroll in adult ed. courses, Learning for Life. Begins Sept. 13.
The Summer concerts are ending and as always it was beautiful outside in the evening at the Skirball. Schedule them for next summer.
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GETTY CENTER, Sepulveda Pass.
Exhibits, gardens, outdoor sculptures, views, tram ride. 310-440-7300, , Free admission. Parking $15. Make reservations for special events-- many free. I visit the colorful and watery Robert Irwin garden first while it is cool in morning.
Really nice that they link to ARTS calendar for other local musuems.
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GETTY VILLA, Pacific Palisades. 310-440-7300,, Free admission. RSVP required. Parking $15.
The Getty Villa is modeled after the Villa dei Papiri, a Roman  country house in Herculaneum  buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
After a decade-long renovation, I visited the Villa and totally loved being on the grounds filled with gardens, pools, fountains, sculptures and exhibits. I loved the etrog tree in herb garden and told the guide about etrogim.

Getty Villa. I tagged onto the Orientation Tour and then took the planned Architecture and Gardens Tour. Excellent docents informing us of ancient Mediterranean Roman, Greek and Etruscan life. (I have travelled to Pompeii.)  I love that the docents use a mic system and every person has a head phone, so that we hear perfectly well. I wander, so hearing was perfect; I didn't miss a word while examining the Temple of Herakles' elaborate mosaic marble floors, Corinthian columns in the Triclinium of the Peristyle, and painted ceilings with animals, fruits, and instruments including timbrel.

Off tour, most fun for myself, sister and friend, was being able to decorate replica Greek urns, and play as a warrior and musician in the shadow puppet arena behind a screen in family art studio. Friend and I had studied ancient Greek vases at the NY Metropolitan Museum when we were ceramic undergrads and then me, a grad student. Sister and friend both worked at the Met. and it's always greatly enlightening going museuming with them. Friend studied glass making and sharing the Getty's stunning GLASS exhibit was exciting. It always amazes me to see two thousand year old gorgeous jewelry and arts.
Sitting outside at the Getty Cafe gazing at the ocean, and enjoying delicious Cafe vegetarian meals was perfect.

Leaving for the beach, playing in the sand, and riding the Carousel on the Santa Monica pier was a fun ending to the glorious Getty Villa visit.
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I loved visiting this new space in the former location of the Shubert Theatre. Pictures of THE YEAR International ends Oct. 10th. "Very best documentary photography of 2009 from oldest and most prestigious photojournalism competition in the world." Don't wait to visit. Two hours alloted time was not long enough for my visit, but then I enjoyed playing on the new interactive table photo monitor. I wrote on the "kitchen wall" about what my "DEFINING MOMENT was in 2009". To put my words in a public space was emotional for me. To stop and think about what was defining was important.

I loved that the photographers themselves are on video sharing their stories about the artistry of their shots, subjects, and the meaning in their work with the "human experience through powerful imagery and stories." Comfortable modern seating in digital gallery. Reading rooms. Great bathroom with photo monitor and no touch soap and water faucets. Water served in kitchen.  Cutting edge technology meets artistry. Digital Hi-def 7' x 14' and other screens project simultaneously and separately. Photos on circular gallery wall and corridors.
Validated self-parking in garage below only $1 on weekends (Constellation Ave.) Admission always free. Open Wed - Sun, 11 am -6 pm. Helpful staff. Can't wait to share this Space with my daughter the photographer.  213 403-3000. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City.
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BEYOND THE CAMERA, exhibition of photographic work by Susan Berkowitz, Marcie Kaufman, Tamar Lando and Sammy Silberstein, American Jewish University’s Platt and Borstein Galleries. Make sure to view any art in the adjacent corridor leading to dining hall. Ends Nov. 21.Gallery Hours, Sunday - Thurs. 10am - 4pm and Fri. 10am to 2 pm. AJU, 15600 Mulholland, Bel Aire. Free parking. (310) 476-9777 ext. 201.
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STEFANI VALADEZ, soloist for High Holidays at B'nai Horin shuls, sings in enchanting voice, including Ladino, at many venues around town. One of my favorite drummers, Jamie Papish, joins her many times.
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REMO Music Center is offering the best! KIDS free drum circles monthly on first SUNDAYS, from 11 - 11:45 AM and other days. Check first before going.
Adult drumming every week night. Check web for amazing activities. Truly one of the greatest gifts to receive in LA from REMO. Drums provided at every event and circle. Hundreds of drummers of all levels at REMO's drum circle and friends shlep from LA to the Valley. Other musicians invited. 818 982-0461, 7308 Coldwater Canyon, North Hollywood. (hint: you want to de-stress: DRUM.)
REMO is one of LA's greatest gifts. Say hi to facilitators Mike & Jerry from Joy.
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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 Baby-Boomer rite of passage ceremony.

We would love to offer this workshop to your spiritual community. Call or write to me ( joyofwisdom1 at ) or leave a COMMENT below to book a workshop, or if you have questions.
Joy Krauthammer, MBA (UJ) Serving G*d With Joy, artist, poet, percussionist, sound healer, Joyous Chai Lights publisher, PR consultant, workshop leader, ritual guide, gardener. (I'm a Gemini.)
AriellaShira Lewis, MA, SLR, Speech Language Therapist. Facilitator, healing circles, angel on earth.

Both Joy and AriellaShira were students of Savina Teubal, z'l (# 1creator of the Simchat Chochmah - 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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RACHEL, was one of the Wise Women in my recent SIMCHAT CHOCHMAH workshop. I'm glad she sent me her ARTS JOURNAL blog filled with paintings, poetry, quotes, and links which I have had a fun time exploring. You might also. Take a look. and click on her links.
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SISTERS IN RHYTHM All-Women’s Drum Circle, bi-monthly, 4-5:30 pm, FREE. REMO Recreational Music Center, 7308 Coldwater Canyon, North Hollywood,  91605, (818) 982-0461 - Call for date.
Women of all ages and experience are invited. You don't have to be a drummer to participate. Everyone has something to offer the circle, and any woman or girl is welcome! Come get empowered!
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AHUVA GRAY's “Journey to the Land of My Soul” is a new revised version of  Ahuva's first book with the focus on her Torah observant life and living in Jerusalem. I met Ahuva in LA before her change of name, and later enjoyed reading her meaningful spiritual story. She returns to America for a lecture tour Oct. 12th through Nov, 18th. B'nai Horin is hosting an event. (See shuls and hAPPENINGS.) If you are interested in Ahuva's lecture for your community/shul, please contact and visit
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JOY SHAKERS (c) with Joy Krauthammer

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, or joyofwisdom1 at (use @ sign, not 'at')
JOY is available for all your spiritual percussion needs.
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Joy Krauthammer's SOUNDS OF JOY  Healing sounds with
CRYSTAL & TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS.  I play for UCLA's Arts and Healing dep't, and at their Healing Beat festival. See Happenings at top.

* * * * * * * OUTSIDE LA

Trips, retreats, camps, workshops

 Going to Jerusalem? The ultimate Jerusalem e-calendar of events, "What's Up Doc" is published by Rabbi Yaacov Fogelman. Subscribe at: Say, HI from Joy in LA.
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Read  Hadassah Magazine, December 2009. A terrific article by Rahel Musleah on the arts, "Timeless and Fresh Rituals."
Article on the show "Reinventing Ritual: Contemporary Art and Design for Jewish Life",  in SF at The Contemporary Jewish Museum ends Sept. 28, 2010.
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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.
Meditation, and Women in Music retreat this summer.
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* * * * * * * JOY's PERSONAL TORAH

Recommended Writings, Torahs, Rebbes, Teachers, Poets, Videos, Vegetarians, Links, etc.
(LA local teachers are listed mostly at beginning.)
Many of the teachers if you are learning from them, appreciate your DONATIONS to them.

“For the matter (of observing Torah and mitzvot) is very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.” From Chabad teaching in Likutei Amarim, TANYA, chaper 35. (which you can have mailed to you.)

"This verse asserts that the Torah is easily fulfilled through all of man’s three forms of expression (also called the “garments of the soul”): thought (“in your heart”), speech (“in your mouth”) and action (“that you may do it”). In a deeper sense, the phrase “in your heart” refers also to the emotions of love and fear of G*d; they, too, are “very near to you,” i.e., easily attainable."
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With GILLA NISSAN, THE SECRET of the HEBREW LETTERS and NAMES, "Since I have known you by the name":
 כי בשם ידעתיך
Each Hebrew letter is a wonder, a sign, a symbol;.energetic keys that open the door to new self discoveries and understanding. American Jewish University and Leo Baeck Temple, 1300 N. Sepulveda, LA. Also at Gilla's home in Sherman Oaks. RSVP Fee. Registration: or call: 818-990 7942.
Gilla Nissan, Jewish mysticism educator, published writer (Parablola magazine) and poet. Graduate of Tel Aviv U.,Yeshiva U. and AJU.
Learn HEBREW and B'nei Mitzvot studies with Israeli metaphysical teacher, privately in her Valley home or a shul. You may know Gilla from AJU/UJ or Metivta. 
I love accompanying Gilla at special Metivta services, and love the Shabbat meditations that she leads.
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I love teaching "G*D's HOLIEST # 7" (with Joy Krauthammer) at AJU and I would love to teach the workshop for your organization.
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KOL CHEVRE. I'm thrilled that my Reb Shlomo stories and photography are included in Israel's current 15th edition of KOL CHEVRE. For a copy:  or
KOL CHEVRE, The Voice of the Chevra of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, has printed the 15th Yahrzeit Issue. Theme: Your stories, Your Torahs, Reb Shlomo Torahs, poetry, Reb Shlomo photos. 50-862-9040  Contact Kol Chevre to write for the upcoming edition.
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 The Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach Foundation Jerusalem, Israel
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RUTH FOGELMAN's newest book of poetry and photographs is: "Cradled in God's Arms."
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 Fogelman is the author of "Within the Walls of Jerusalem - A Personal Perspective."
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The family of REB DAVID ZELLER, z'l, have added an AFTERWARD (lots of chaplaincy wisdom) to the book which his family and friends wrote about him, published before Reb Zeller died, Sivan 5767.
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. Joyous Chai Lights.
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Jewish VEGETARIANS of North America (JVNA) produced an important one-hour DVD 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.  In addition to being able to see the complete documentary, A Sacred Duty, people can also see blurbs, reviews and questions and answers about it at Complimentary copies of DVDs. Many articles at 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? Let me know.
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Read Sarah's Tent and Malibu's JC&S member GERRY OWENs' Torah parsha commentary. I love his psychological direction. / 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 LA's RACHEL ELANA to receive weekly deep Chassidic Torah Parsha teaching,   on HAPPY MINYAN website.
MAZAL TOV on Rachel's recent CHUPPAH.
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Read and listen to DAVID SACKS on the Happy Minyan website and hear him live at Happy Minyan.
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RONNIE SERR of Happy Minyan teaches privately, and at AJR--but is on sabbatical this semester.
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Read YESHIVAT SHLOMO weekly Torah on website
Contact all to receive their teachings.
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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 blessed and deeply inspired and supported in my spiritual growth by chesed-filled Reb 
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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.
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SPIRITTALK LIVE! Journeys into Mind, Heart, and Soul. Weekly Internet radio program, hosted by Rabbi Dr. WAYNE DOSICK (Renewal rabbi, Reb Shlomo disciple) on 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.
Listen: Go to 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, and choose “Archives.”
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RAHMIEL HAYYIM DRIZZIN shares his English translations of Hebrew Kabbalistic texts. For mamash deep teachings and meditations write him to get on his list.
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RABBI YITZCHAK SCHWARTZin Jerusalem, kindly sent me "Jewish Healing" information that I needed asap for my own work with another. It is always wonderful and appreciated when a stranger responds when you reach out looking for ,
Brooklyn computer phone on Jerusalem, Israel time; 1 646 358-4434
Founder of Paradise Principle Institute ™, Sefirotic Alignment Therapy ™, and co-author of Gilgulei Yisrael,
R. Yitzchak's area of expertise is the study of Kabbalah. He has been immersed in learning for up to 20 hours a day learning for most of the last 20 years with Jerusalem's leading Kabbalists. For the last 10 years Rabbi Schwartz has been researching and developing new techniques to help many young people grow with his skills as a counselor.
Rabbi Schwartz' passion is being a "bridge person." Bridging Torah to the world. In US he also presents Kabbalistic-based techniques for self-actualization. He has taught at LA's Happy Minyan.
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CHANOCH, is a Spiritual Teacher who teaches YOU how to be your own Spiritual Guide. He authors a weekly Kabbalistic Parsha email. Telephone Conference Classes 3 times a week including direct readings from the Zohar, as well as other Spiritual Teachings. Contact:
Twitter - Facebook at yeshshem; web site is
I am excited reading Chanoch's deeper aspects of Torah. Take a look at Chanoch's interesting website and subscribe.
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Rabbi AVRAHAM GREENBAUM teaches Torah spirituality, Chassidut and Kabbalah and mysticism when he comes to LA, and on his website: . For 15 years the Happy Minyan, B'nai Horin, and now, JLE hosts Rabbi Greenbaum. I hope he returns again soon, as he just was here.
The rabbi has written and translated many books and is known for his work on Rebbe Nachman, and also healing. For a couple decades, I always enjoy learning with the former New Yorker now living in Israel, and also accompanying him on Tibetan singing bowls.
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I resonate with poetic teaching from Rabbi LAIBL WOLF of Australia who visits LA.
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Rabbi AVRAHAM GINSBURG at For two decades I love learning with this Rav. Many times the Chai Center hosts him. What does he say about 5771?
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A SIMPLE JEW. A spiritual blog
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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.
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Rabbi ARTHUR SEGAL invites you to write to him at: 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 and world-wide. You can google Rabbi Arthur and find his Tanach teachings.
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Rabbi SHOLOM BRODT. I love the mamash gevaldt deep teachings from his Jerusalem's Reb Shlomo Carlebach Yeshivah. I am grateful that Reb Sholom accepted my invite to teach here locally. for Shlomo teachings by disciples

Many great teachers and Shlomo disciples are heard/seen on this live and archive program Oneg TV including R. Shlomo Katz from the Happy Minyan, now in Jerusalem. I also loved learning with Morah Leah Golomb.
Write to Rabbi Sholom Brodt to receive his weekly teaching and see their video class schedules. Invite him to your community and hear about his yeshivah.
DONATIONS are requested to be sent to the Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo.

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Rabbi YAAKOV FOGELMAN's amazing Torahs, A Jerusalem Jewish Voice, short or long versions filled with eclectic wisdom. Contact:  . Latest e-mail studies archived at
I have been blessed to meet Rabbi Fogelman and have Shabbat in his home in the Old City. Ruth Fogelman, wife, is a divine poet.
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MICHAEL JACOBS, former Jerusalem and LA Kabbalah Teacher, author, humorist, and fine Judaic artist, now living in the desert, for years has written a weekly Torah commentary. Interesting Torah points and gematria from a mystic and scribe's wisdom and point of view. Guess what country he is from. Author of  "Ten and Twenty - Two, A Journey Through the Paths of Wisdom" filled with Tarot and Kaballah, and an Omer Counting guide. Michael may still be on sabbatical.
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Rabbi KALATSKY, Yad Avraham live on web and archives. Knowing Heart, Daat Tevunos by Ramchal. LIVE, Wednesday 10 am LA, 1 pm NY. Torah live, Tuesdays 9 am LA time. Rav translates all the Hebrew. I love learning on web with the Rav and he translates all Hebrew. He sends reminders. Watch more live video broadcasts online at:
To download this week's commentaries please go to:
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DAILY DOSE from . You too can subscribe to this daily teaching of the Rebbe, revised by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Receive reminders for magazine and live teachings. Videos, etc.
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THE JEWISH WOMAN edited by Sara Esther Crispe, on Chabad's web site. I"m grateful they include my writings. Many fine writers in weekly journal.
I've been a Chabadnic ever since I met The Rebbe, zt'l, in 1970, and he gave me a dollar. When needed, The Rebbe sent blesSings.
I was blessed to be able to davven 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.
Yes, I am a feminist and Renewal activist, and my deep Torah learning comes from Chabad. I had a Chabad wedding and continue to spend some holidays at Chabad, especially where I say Yiskor for my husband, z'l. Three Lubavitch rabbis (including Reb Zalman and Reb Shlomo, z'l, and my chuppah Rabbi Hecht) gave me my Hebrew names.
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Cantor Michael Russ teaches B'NAI MITZVOT privately in the Valley. 818 360-3468. 

* * * * MORE PRESS 

TRIBE, Jewish Journal supplement.
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MISHPACHA JEWISH FAMILY WEEKLY and MISPACHA FAMILY FIRST, are two magazines I just discovered, thanks to Reb Yosef.
In Family First, I very much enjoyed reading, "In the Shadow of the Beis Hamikdash", a wonderful pictorial tour of Jerusalem's Old City, through the eyes of long-time resident, Bracha Slae, with text and location photos by Libi Astaire.
Included also are Health, Recipes, Advice, Short Stories and Parshah Perspectives.
Other contents include: religious and political news, as well as articles on our history, all filled with photographs of our Holy Land, and people in the news. Photos of ONLY men in the entire Family Magazine. (Where are the women?) Insiders view into Orthodoxy in these well-written informative stories.

MISHPACHA also publishes KOLMUSThe Journal of Torah and Jewish Thought. I enjoyed the artistic layout, and found fascinating all the articles including, "Fingers in the Wall", about placing notes in the Kotel stone crevices, and also the article, "What Brachah Do You Make on Moshiach?"
MISHPACHA JUNIOR,  is a colorful, attractive magazine for the younger set. The cartoons include both genders.
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Tablet Magazine  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.
Please direct your 20 and 30 year olds to this community e weekly and their activities.
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Jewish events list:
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Published by my Brooklyn cousin, Binyamin Jolkovsky.
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Read the LA Jewish Journal web calendar for LA listings and news.
They publish a new journal. See TRIBE magazine.
OLAM magazine is reborn on internet, published by David Suissa, weekly writer in Jewish Journal.

I love reading Suissa's JJ stories, mostly about the 'Hood'. (OK, I'm a wanna be 'hood' resident.) I'm thrilled that he rebirthed OLAM, filled with spirituality.
See what LA's Samuel K. puts in his website,
Shalom and BlesSings to you for joy (gila, rena, ditza, simcha, chedva, sason, tzachala),
Dear Chevre,

"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 Chai Lights, and continue to write the way I began my column and also my newsletter "Kid Kulture" (birthed in 1980, THREE DECADES AGO).
A benefit to, joy-zine format vs. my e-mailing form for the past years, is that I can and do add to site during the month, so if YOU want something included, feel free to let me know. Send news in Press Release format (plain type, no flyers). In web-blog, joy-zine form, the benefit is that you can also access this updated info at any time.
You are welcome to "COMMENT" at end of this long POST or else write directly to me. You have my personal address and phone.  I always love reading what YOU write. (My other BLOGS (PR memos mostly, and stories, poetry, not daily diaries) are visible by clicking above on VIEW MY PROFILE.)
Feel free to use any of the info in CHAI LIGHTS for your shul's website info. (Credit sources.)  Let's JOYOUSLY bring "Community into Unity."
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.
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, compassion, and chesed / lovingkindness. With spiritual Guidance, I make instinctual connections and serve as spiritual guide for others. I believe that music helps to cross boundaries and brings us closer to the Holy One. I emphasize here those events, as well as inspirational, uplifting, joyous learning and prayer opportunities.
Please see my Reb Shlomo story
Now only bi-monthly, I write this growing, very large mailing, my gift to Chevra, from my Porter Ranch kitchen table looking East to Jerusalem, and no one but I write and proof it. If you see an error, please let me kniow.  I hand click each recipient-- no lists. I consciously think of each person,YOU, our connections, as I click YOUR name. UNSUBSCRIBE-- Let me know. Information is subject to change. Please call events to confirm specific locations, times, fees and accessibility.
PLEASE FORWARD monthly JOYous CHAI LIGHTS TO YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY so they, too, can enjoy with you, spiritual Renewal Judaism and learn about traditional Judaism. Most of what I include here is NOT included in other local media. This is the only Jewish spiritual Renewal oriented LA events and shuls list. Click on underlined LINKS 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 JOYous CHAI LIGHTS to them. People stop and tell me they have joined shuls because of these invites. Amayn.
Having Publisher's privilege, I invite you to my many activities, and share them here. You can book me for Kabbalistic workshops, rituals, poetry readings, and for me to play passionate percussion and Miriyahm HaNeviah for Rosh Chodeshes, Women's Passover Seders,simchas, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l memorial concerts or other spiritual events. I play for shuls, farbrengens and events mostly throughout greater LA.
 I'd love to play percussion for your organizations.
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, for your spiritual services.
If your community/shul desires a sound healer, I'm available-- SOUNDS OF JOY  ~ SOUND SPA.
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 in link. Please contact me, Joy, for bookings.
AriellaShira Lewis and I loved offering SIMCHAT CHOCHMAH ~ JOY OF WISDOM at ALEPH's last week-long KALLAH retreat in Ohio, and local shuls, AJU, and Jewish Federation. Call me to book a workshop.
In addition, I, Joy, continue to offer G*D's HOLIEST #7 and Kabbalistic Four World workshops on "Joy."
ABOUT ME: CLICK: VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE for all sites. 30+ blogs.
"Joy breaks through all barriers." The Lubavitch 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 your heart. I always love hearing from YOU and hearing about your spiritual path.
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. offers MiSheberach lists you can use and you can pray for those listed.
Another source I like for Jewish prayer community is, "Daven For Me And I'll Daven For You".  718-437-8812. No charge.
BlesSings for health and joy in the new year. See you in shul,
Joy Krauthammer
"Ivdu Et HaShem B'Simcha" Psalm 100:2
Serve G*D in Joy
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Coming, more Reviews by Joy Krauthammer

See Archives in MY PROFILE for past Reviews.

Love and blesSings until next month.
Exceptional Joyous Chai Lights to illuminate, inspire, uplift, inform and experience. 

HAPPENINGS (ARTS, spiritual retreats, festivals, news).  SHULS, MINYANS (ongoing services and events). HOLY GATHERINGS (LA rabbis & spiritual events).  ARTS LA (Ongoing events, museums, classes).  OUTSIDE LA (trips, news). Joy's PERSONAL TORAH (learn of my mamash gevaldt /truly glorious long-distance rabbis and other teachers or teachings that I love, as well as links, videos, reviews, musings, etc. PRESS links.

INTRODUCTION. For NEW READERS - Welcome. Please read at end, long Greeting INTRODUCTION and history, my raison d'etre letter. 
CD REVIEWS by Joy at end.

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