• 18.11.2017
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USA Musical Tour 2017

Love our music? Find out how you can bring the spirit and music of Beit Tefilah Israeli to your community.

A Journey to New Forms of Jewish Israeli Prayer: Musical Workshops and Performances

Dates: December 8-24, 2017

For over a decade, Beit Tefilah Israeli has been a leading power in the Jewish Israeli Movement. Through our music and creative approach towards Israeli Judaism, we have revitalized the concept of prayer and have made it relevant for secular Israelis and Jews around the world. d

This December, your community has the special opportunity to experience the Jewish Israeli music and spirit of Beit Tefilah Israeli with: Rabbi Esteban Gottfried, BTI’s co-founder, director and rabbi ; Atalya Lavi, BTI’s Cantor; along with Yotam Mahler (piano and vocals) and Ian Aylon (guitar). F

BTI can join your community in one or more of the following ways: f

I 1. SimHanukkah Candle Lighting Ceremony -To celebrate the simcha (happiness) of the oil lasting eight days, we’ve created a special performance that combines a festive candle lighting ceremony with a concert that fuses the spirit of the Jewish traditional prayers with modern Israeli songs and Hanukkah stories.   F

I 2. Jewish Israeli ConcertJoin us in a participatory, energetic performance, as we combine the spirit of Jewish traditional prayers with modern songs and stories about Jewish spiritual renaissance in Israel. Families welcome! L

I 3. Jewish Israeli Concert for Children -This performance will have more of an emphasis on the newest musical ways we engage our children with prayer. The program includes Israeli melodies for traditional prayers and fun tunes to interactive prayers such as Beatles and songs from musicals.E

I 4. Musical Workshops and Study Sessions -We are happy to offer a musical workshop or study session specifically geared to cantors, musicians, students, and community staff and members. s
Musical Workshop Topics        
A. Creative Prayer: how to facilitate the constant tension between spontaneity and written liturgy
B. The Israeli Siddur: a guided musical tour through  the pages of the new Israeli Siddur

Study Sessions Topics       
C. Jewish Israeli Renaissance: the phenomenon of Jewish Renaissance in Israel and the development of emerging secular and liberal Jewish communities
D. When Heschel Met Bialik: how the fusion between Heschel and Bialik’s teachings became the cultural and spiritual infrastructure for the Jewish Israeli Renaissance 
E. Tel Aviv as a Jewish Project: how the builders’ visions of the first Hebrew city is reflected in today’s Tel Avivs

 I5. Israeli Shabbat Experience -Each Kabbalat Shabbat, we offer the Israeli public a spiritual and cultural Shabbat through music, dance and holistic Jewish expression. In the summer, we gather over a thousand Israelis weekly at the Tel Aviv Port, making it the icon of Jewish renaissance in Israel. Let us celebrate Shabbat together with our unique Jewish Israeli energy and tunes!  e

Meet the Performers

Rabbi Esteban Gottfried: BTI’s rabbi, co-Founder and Director. Esteban was ordained as a rabbi at Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and is a graduate of the Israeli Rabbinical Seminary of the Shalom Hartman Institute and Hamidrasha at Oranim. Esteban studied at Tel Aviv University, “Beit Zvi,” and “Nissan Nativ Drama Studio” theater schools and at the Royal Court Theater in London. After completing his studies, he had an active career as playwright, stage director, screenwriter and actor for 20 years. Esteban was awarded prizes and awards, including two “Israeli Oscars” (Ofir) as a writer and as an actor. He is married to Ruthie and is the father of Maya and Toby. y

Atalya Lavi: Singer, songwriter, and BTI’s cantor since 2010. Atalya served as a soloist singer in the IDF orchestra and is a graduate of the Rimon School of Music. She is a voice teacher and choir director at the Alon High School in Ramat HaSharon, and is studying music education at Bar Ilan University. Atalya is working on her first solo album of original songs. Check out Atalya’s performance of “Mechaka Lo” (Waiting for Him) here

Yotam Mahler: Pianist, singer, songwriter, and has been part of BTI since 2009. Born and raised on a kibbutz in the upper Galilee, Yotam served as a singer in the IDF orchestra. Today, he lives in Jaffa and is studying at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. Yotam has experience in writing music for dance and theater, and is releasing his debut album “What is Your Art?” this summer. Check out his live session of his first single “Late Bloomer” here

Ian Aylon: Guitarist, composer and arranger that has been part of BTI since 2012. He studied at the New School’s Jazz Studies in Israel. Ian is influenced by international folklore and uses different types of guitars to create music that is sensitive, deep, and moving. From 2010-2014, he won a scholarship for excellent musicians from the “American-Israeli Culture Foundation.” Ian is one of the founders of “Gulaza”, a band influenced by ancient Yemen music, and is a guitarist in a variety of other musical groups. Check out Ian’s performance with “Gulaza” here

Check Us Out

A Tel Aviv Prayer CD” of Beit Tefilah Israeli: http://btfila.bandcamp.com

 Shabbat HaMalka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSgNqwlfFsc

 Shiru La Adonay Shir Hadash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wq38Hm-CaE

 Adon Olam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca2S9LMudiQ

 Lecha Dodi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTrFhXnxNlA

Please contact Jessica at international@btifa.org to reserve a date or if you have any questions. O 

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