It's Am Kolel's 20th Anniversary

Celebrate With Your  Friends!

Sunday, May 2, 2010 (Lag B’Omer)

Temple Emanuel
10101 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

Join us for an evening of great food, music and fun
as we celebrate Am Kolel’s 20th Anniversary.

The evening includes a special celebratory dinner followed by a spirited concert.

The theme for the dinner will be “a Rebbe's Tisch”  (literally, “a Rabbi’s table”), a Hassidic tradition that combines food and drink (including schnapps) with singing and story telling – black suit, long sleeves and hat optional.


Schedule of Events
5:00 Welcome Reception
5:45 Dinner
6:30 Stories and Songs from the Sages
7:15 Dinner Ends
7:30 Concert Begins
9:30 Concert Ends



Reserve your seat(s) today!  To order by mail, click HERE.  To order online, click HERE.

Sponsorship Information: By supporting and sponsoring this event, you contribute enormously to the future of Am Kolel. All sponsors will be recognized in the event program. Sponsors will also receive special priority seating at the concert.


Event sponsors will receive tickets for both the dinner and the concert, will be listed in the program, and will have reserved
premium seating at the concert.

Mensch - up to 8 tickets
Gutte Nesheumah [Good Soul] - up to 6 tickets.
Ziskeit [Sweet Heart] - up to 4 tickets.
Bubala [Make your Zeydie proud!] - up to 2 tickets.

CONCERT - 7:30pm


Yofiyah (Susan Deikman) is the founder of Hebrew or Kabbalistic Kirtan, an ecstatic kabbalistic practice based on the chanting of sacred Hebrew texts and Names of God. Using transporting melodies, call-and-response style singing and an intoxicating fusion of Indian and Middle Eastern sounds, Kabbalistic kirtan opens you to da'at d'vekut, an awareness of your unbroken union with the Oneness of All.


"Mixing Hindu Music, Jewish lyrics...with its undulating percussion and hypnotic call-and-response choruses, is the quintessential trance music."
- The Philadelphia Inquirer

"A marvelous gateway to the spirit, creating holy community through the call and response mastery of a true energizer of the soul. Yofiyah brings yofi (beauty) to Yah (God)."
- Rabbi Zalman M. Schachter-Shalomi


Jon Simon is a jazz pianist whose compositions include jazz interpretations of music for the Jewish heritage. Mr. Simon has appeared numerous times at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Recital Hall in New York, and at the Concord Resort. He has performed his jazz interpretations of Jewish music at the U.S. Senate and for the Ambassador at the Israeli Embassy, at one of the Inaugural Galas for President Clinton, as well as at concert halls, jazz clubs, synagogues and community centers throughout North America.

John Simon.JPG"Jon Simon's interpretations are inspiring and add life to many songs heard before.”
- LA Jazz Scene

"Jon Simon's music is harmonically sophisticated and hauntingly beautiful."  
- The Washington Post




In 1971, David Shneyer and Alan Oresky founded the Fabrangen Fiddlers, the first music collective devoted to the rediscovery of Jewish folk music and the development of new Jewish liturgical folk music.  They became community musicians in the tradition of the klezmorim of Eastern Europe, performing at hundreds of simchas and community events. The band, which also includes Frank Sparber, Larry Robinson and Theo Stone, has performed in concert throughout the United States and Latin America. They perform their own original compositions as well as traditional Jewish folk music from around the world. With the interplay of the fiddle and the clarinet, they helped pave the way for the “Klezmer Revival” of the late 1970’s.

ff-no roemer.jpg“The Fabrangen Fiddlers are the best there is… [violinist] Alan [Oresky] is absolutely remarkable, the fiddle is part of his arm."
– Ruth Rubin, Musicologist

“The Fiddlers create an astonishing blend. Their lyrics are in Hebrew and Yiddish, and the spirited backgrounds include elements of bluegrass -- a 'purer' country idiom than the Nashville sound -- jazz, hillbilly, blues, and, of course, the swirling 'cry' of Yiddish swing."
– Nat Hentoff, Jewish Living Magazine


To register by mail, please click here for the form you may print out and mail with your check. To order online, click HERE.

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