Knocking at Our Hearts

Top Pick September 8, 2019 Brookline $10.00
Galeet Dardashti (Courtesy photo)
Galeet Dardashti (Courtesy photo)

Mayyim Hayyim and Kavod (a lay-led Jewish community focused on social justice) present the fifth annual High Holiday program, “Knocking at Our Hearts.”

Prepare your whole self—body and soul—for the holidays with the power and joy of communal song.

This year, our teacher will be singer/composer/scholar Galeet Dardashti, who will offer two workshops focusing on Sephardi and Mizrahi music.

Sephardi/Mizrahi Sacred Songs for the High Holidays:

An interactive presentation on Jewish Middle Eastern and North African piyyutim (sacred songs), with a focus on the music of Elul, the month that precedes the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe. Learn to sing some of these poetic songs and gain an understanding of their shifting cultural significance throughout Jewish history to today.

(Participants who attended Galeet’s 2018 “Let My People Sing” program will learn new material.)

Integrating Sephardi/Mizrahi Songs Into Our Communities:

This small-group workshop provides a space for Sephardim/Mizrahim and Jews of color to explore strategies for integrating Sephardi/Mizrahi melodies and texts into formal and informal Jewish communal spaces. Galeet will dive deeper into some of the piyyutim shared in the earlier presentation, and introduce new texts and melodies. No experience in leading song or ritual is required.


  • 12:30-1 – Registration and arrival
  • 1-2:30 – Sephardi/Mizrahi Sacred Songs for the High Holidays
  • 2:30-3:15 – Snacks and schmooze
  • 3:15-4:45 – Small group workshop: Integrating Sephardi/Mizrahi Songs Into Our Communities

About Galeet Dardashti:

Vocalist and scholar Dr. Galeet Dardashti is the first woman to continue her family’s tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. She has earned a reputation as a trail-blazing performer of Middle Eastern Jewish music as founder and leader of the internationally renowned all-female musical group Divahn, and through her multi-disciplinary commissions, The Naming (Six Points Fellowship) and Monajat (FJC Inaugural Music Commission). As a scholar, she holds a Ph.D. in anthropology, specializing in contemporary Mizrahi music and culture in Israel. She is currently assistant professor of Jewish music and musician-in-residence at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan.

This program is made possible by a Combined Jewish Philanthropies Young Adult Engagement Grant.

Co-sponsored by Temple Beth ZionNehar Shalom Community Synagogue, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the Jewish Arts Collaborative and Kavod’s Jews of Color, Indigenous Jews, Sephardim and Mizrahim Caucus, a space for community members to heal, reclaim, celebrate, learn and build power together.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019, 12:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Temple Beth Zion
1566 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
$10.00 Sliding scale

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