Sweet new year wishes for renewal, return and repair.  Sabbatical announcement, San Francisco and Jerusalem travels, and a recap of my summer adventures around the world.
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Return, Renew, Repair and Sabbatical.



Shana Tova and blessings for all that is new again.  

Teshuva = Return. This is this moment's task; reflecting on the year past, on what is in the present moment and how I can choose to make things more complete in the year to come. I am engaged in my own version of this that looks a fair bit less direct and pretty messy.
This is a time we are called upon for spiritual accounting. In this moment, we are called to choose life once again.  We allow what is to come into awareness, seeing it and ourselves with compassion, and making choices that allow us to love more deeply going forward.
Oy vay! This is hard work.
It is a new realization for me that living is not a sprint; it takes recommitting
to life every day  in order to bask in its fullness. This has meant showing up for difficult conversations and navigating challenging interactions with constancy.
You all have been my teachers, and this difficult year past has shown me many things as well.
Thank you for holding me close, for feeding me and giving me a warm place to stay for a night or two or 120.


I am renewing by taking my first Sabbatical.

I let go, for now, of almost all of my regular prayer leader positions and paused the booking of concerts. After 10 years as a professional musician and 10 years leading prayer professionally, I saw myself with an open space of possibility. Normally, I would rush to fill it, to grab onto bookings and plans in order to obtain financial and structural security. But this way is no longer sustainable nor fun. Time to learn, to grow and to be challenged. Time to renew the way I engage with work.

So, I am starting here in San Francisco...

...leading the alternative services for the High Holdays at Beth Sholom Synagogue. This job has challenged me to the full edges of myself, learning new/old material, studying new/old sources, collaborating with a creative team, navigating new administrative challenges and rising to meet my full potential. 18 days in San Francisco. What a great way to begin.
Then off to Israel for another 18 days.
I will be returning there for my first time in 11 years, as an established artist performing in celebration of my dear friend Shoshana Gugenheim’s art opening Women of the Book as part of the Jerusalem Biennale at the Tachana Harishona. I will also be giving a vocal workshop in the gallery in the weeks following. Feel free to spread the word to any friends in Jerusalem or environs.

Summer adventures around the world...

Musical siblings. Aaron Lightstone and me. Jaffa Road plays the COC in the Richard Bradwshaw Amphitheatre, May 2015.
Uke dreams. Blue Skies Ukulele Orchestra under the tutelage of the lovely Eve Golberg, July 2015.
Esta Montana with Levon Ichkhanian in Mediteraneo.  A musical highlight, July 2015.
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