Simchat Torah

Monday, Oct 21st, 6:30 pm
Kehilla Community Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave, Piedmont, CA

Kehilla, Chochmat HaLev, Aquarian Minyan, and Beyt Tikkun come together at Kehilla to end and begin the Torah and to dance, dance, dance with our community-enhanced Klezmer band led by Mike Perlmutter! (see below for info about joining the band)

6:30   |   Holiday Tot Service with Jen Miriam and Alon Altman in the Fireside Room

6:30   |   Ma’ariv / Evening service in the Sanctuary

7:00   |   Special Torah Service

7:30   |   Dancing with the Torah in the Sanctuary with Live Music


Join Kehilla/Chochmat Ha Lev/ Aquarian Minyan members in a community offering of musical celebration! This opportunity is open to all with a basic facility on an instrument. We will get familiar with the music from charts and/or recordings before rehearsal, and then meet up to solidify and fine-tune our ensemble. Our wonderful band leader Mike Perlmutter is back to shape the sound, with Jeanette Lewicki singing and playing accordion, and Ivan Velev on percussion. Mike has been hard at work preparing the set list, transcribing and transposing, recording, and generally doing the advance work to be able to present us with a repertoire library of charts and recording. Some of it is new, and some will be familiar to those of us who have played the gig in past years.

Each participant will contribute $18 for the repertoire resources and then we’ll each get to work starting to learn the material in a dedicated Dropbox file (you’ll get the link when you sign up). Mike will join us for two rehearsals, and we’ll each pay $25 for each of those rehearsals. We’ll offer two more “playtimes” (optional rehearsals, participant-led) for free when we can get together and get solid, and then a dress rehearsal (no charge) and the gig.

This is a wonderful opportunity to dip into Klezmer style and play with other community members while being part of the foundation for a fabulous dance party!

Register for Klezmer workshops here