“If you will it, it is no dream” Theodore Herzl
YOM HA’ATZMAUT is Israeli Independence Day -- Israel’s Birthday! Join us Friday, April 24th as TBE celebrates Israel’s 67th birthday with an unforgettable evening of Israeli music, singalongs, and a concert with five of Israel’s rising young musical talents. And yes, there will be birthday cake!
Please join us following services on Friday, April 24 for a 7:15pm Israeli-style dinner and 8:00pm Yom Ha’atzmaut concert. We will enjoy the talents of exceptional Israeli student musicians from the Berklee College of Music, hear familiar songs from the traditional Israeli songbook, and share new songs from a diverse, contemporary Israel. Click here to join us for an Israeli-style dinner. For more information about the concert, contact Amy Benjamin.
Yoav Eshed is an Israeli guitar player and composer who performs both jazz and modern music. Yoav grew up with significant early exposure to music and displayed prodigious musical talent as a young child. He began piano lessons just before his third birthday and gave his first formal piano recital at the age of seven, playing works by composers including Mozart, Bach and Haydn.
Yoav picked up the guitar at the age of 13 and since then has been performing around Israel with top Israeli jazz musicians. At the age of 18, he served in the Israeli army as a software developer in an elite technology unit. He has annually received the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarships for Jazz since 2008. He has also received scholarships from the New School in NY. Since 2013, Yoav has lived in Boston where he is a student at the Berklee College of Music, winning the “Prestigious Dean Award.”
2011: Yoav received the Israeli government prize for original creation by adapting a well-known children’s album into Jazz and performing it throughout the country.
2012: He won a Yamaha guitar at the prestigious international Jazz competition in the United States – “Six String Theory” sponsored by Berklee College of Music and Yamaha.
2013: Yoav won 1st Place Prize at the annual Jazz Competition of Rimon School Of Music.
2014: Yoav was a finalist in the Montreux Jazz Festival Guitar Competition
Nadav Shapira is an Israeli bass player, arranger, and composer who combines his Israeli influences with modern grooves and harmony. Nadav started playing the bass at age 10. He graduated with honors from the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts and Rimon School of Music. Nadav is currently studying at Berklee College of Music.
Born in Rehovot, Israel in 1981, Shachar has been writing songs with his older siblings since the age of 3 about topics relevant topics to their ages (babysitting, circumcision, and dating). At 7, he started playing the recorder at the local conservatory, and at age 8.5 switched to french horn on the advice of the conservatory principal who suggested a more “serious” instrument. At 14, he represented Israel in a young soloists concerts in Tampere, Finland, with the piece “Villanele” by Paul Dukas, which he also played later as a soloist with The Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra in a concert tour to Belgium and France. Shachar graduated Thelma Yellin High School with distinction in the classical department. His songs from that time he has hidden in the deep parts of a drawer. After 3 years of army service in the Air Force and 5 months travel across central America, he came back to Israel and founded, along with 3 friends, the tango group: “Pitango Quartet”. With Pitango he became a pianist (at least for himself), recorded 3 cds, toured Spain and Argentina, produced the show “Tango Sin Fronteras” for the Jerusalem Festival, 2005, and hosted his childhood musical idols: Shlomo Ydov and Shem tov Levi. In 2013, he became the musical director of the decade anniversary of ‘Pitango’, producing the show “A Tribute to Maria de Buenos Aires” by Astor Piazzolla and Horaico Ferrer.
Lihi Haruvi is an Israeli saxophonist and a composer, bringing music from her home in the Middle East and her passion to the great Jazz tradition. She had the opportunity to perform on some of the top stages around the world including Newport Jazz Festival, Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, Beantown Jazz Festival, Eilat Red Sea Jazz Festival and UNESCO International Jazz Day, among others. Lihi's music is very passionate and her compositions are thoughtful. Currently in Boston, MA, she is completing her Master of Music degree at the renowned New England Conservatory, having a chance to work with Dave Holland, Jerry Bergonzi and Ken Schaphorst, to name a few. Lihi earned her Bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music on a full-tuition scholarship, majoring in Film Scoring and Performance as well as being a part of the honorary program, “the Global Jazz Institute” (BGJI) led by the masters Danilo Perez and Marco Pignataro. During her time in BGJI she had a chance to study and perform with great jazz artists and mentors such as Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Terry Lyne Carrington, Ben Street and Adam Cruz.
Born and raised in Be’er Sheva, Israel, Yogev started playing drums around the age of 9. He played in a few bands as a teenager, as well as the Be’er Sheva Youth Orchestra for 4 years.
He served in the IDF orchestra as a drummer for 4 years, and played with them all over Israel and around the world. Yogev attended "Rimon School of Music" in the new "Jazz Institute" program, and is now finishing his studies at "Berklee College of Music". He has played, performed and recorded many shows, albums, singles etc.
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TBE's Got Talent
Do you have a musical talent you'd like to share with our Temple community? On Friday, June 5 at 8:00 pm, we will feature our homegrown talent in a musical evening entitled "TBE's Got Talent." If you are interested in performing, please contact Cantor Jodi Sufrin.
Rehearsals begin at 7:30 pm on Thursday evenings, May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4, to sing some liturgical music and some "pure-fun" music for our TBE's Got Talent Concert on Friday, June 5. If you are able to sing, email Rachel Maillet.
Please note: All events will be held at Temple Beth Elohim, unless otherwise indicated.