Beit Avi Chai venue

Beit Avi Chai

Piyyut Festival at 02.10.2014

Until 02.10.2014

Piyyut Festival 2014

September 29th – October 2nd 2014


Time of Good Will

Monday, Sep 29, 6:00pm


BEIT AVI CHAI's "Beit Midrash Live" hosts the Secular Yeshiva and Kehillat Zion for an open conversation regarding one's personal prayer.


This session will touch the place from which prayer is born. We will explore how one can approach the experience of prayer in contemporary times, beyond definitions and pre-defined approaches. Participants: Rabbi David Menachem (Facilitator of BEIT AVI CHAI's "Beit Midrash Live"); Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum (Kehillat Zion); Ariel Levinson (The Secular Yeshiva); and poet Almog Behar


Entrance is free, subject to availability. Tickets may be reserved in advance 




“I Have But One Prayer …”

Monday, Sep 29, 7:30pm


Israeli soul singers’ renditions of alternative personal prayers


A one-time, unique encounter during the Piyyut Festival. Several of the most unique musicians of recent years perform solos and ensemble renditions of contemporary songs, lyrics that confront prayer and discover new avenues to reach personal approaches beyond prayer. Personal songs that serve as prayers to God, to fellow human beings and to ourselves, the seam running between Leonard Cohen and Bialik, between distortion and the synagogue. Participants:Shuli Rand, Rivka Zohar & Liron Lev, Aviv Guedj, David Lavi and Mark Eliyahu


Tickets: ₪ 80, Students: ₪ 40, Advance sale: ₪ 70




Tribute to the Ethnic Neighborhood Piyyutim 

Monday, Sep 29, 9:30pm


Shai Tsabari and "The Orchestra of the Future" host Zion Golan and Ahuva Ozeri for a Journey from the 20th to the 21st century, from Zohar Argov to electronic music


During the 1970s and 1980s, new sounds and songs came to the fore from the neighborhoods and small towns on Israel’s young periphery. These melodies were formed out of a mix of ethnic communities and cultures, from the shards of identity and absorption, out of their joie de vivre and pain. Around family meals, in spontaneous feasts, the religious piyyut, songs of daily life, and sounds of the new immigrants’ countries of origin intertwined with the sounds of the new homeland to create a new wave of mizrahi music which connected Eastern music from Yemen, Iraq, and North Africa with psychedelic rock and sing-alongs in a natural way. Inspired by uninhibited innovation, the “Orchestra of the Future” (Tizmoret He’Atid) was formed, connecting synthetic musical sounds of electronic instruments to the melodies and words by lyricists and performers such as Bracha Tzefira, Tzlilei Ha’Oud and Tzililei Hakerem, Ahuva Ozeri, Zohar Argov, and many other favorites.


Tickets: ₪ 80, Students: ₪ 40, Advance sale: ₪ 70 - BEIT AVI CHAI Courtyard




The Gates of the Niggun

Tuesday, Sep 30, 6:00pm


The BEIT AVI CHAI Beit Midrash hosts: The niggun, song, voice, and music are subjects that engaged generation after generation of rabbinic and hassidic writings. Dr. Yuval Blankovsky, a facilitator in BEIT AVI CHAI’s Beit Midrash, offers a glimpse into the place of the niggun, the prayerful melody without words, in the world of our Sages, and will host for a discussion and jointly led study session on the meaning of the niggun in rabbinical sources and Hassidic thought, for the individual and for the community.


Entrance is free, subject to availability. Tickets may be reserved in advance




Prelude to the musical evening “A Voice in the Forest” On Israeli Ashkenazi Jewish Identity among Youth

Tuesday, Sep 30, 6:00pm


Writer Michal Govrin talks with historian Lior Alperovitch and musician Avishai Fish regarding contemporary Jewish-Ashkenazi identity. Is there such an identity? What do the young Ashkenazi Israelis yearn for and why is it okay to yearn?


Entrance is free, subject to availability. Tickets may be reserved in advance




“A Voice in the Forest” Songs of hitbodedut (Jewish meditation) and mystical songs from the Forests of Poland and Ukraine

Tuesday, Sep 30, 7:00pm


Olga Avigail, singer and folklore researcher, together with actor Avishai Fish of Habima Theater, in a joint performance of songs of self-seclusion meditation and mystical songs from the world of the Baal Shem Tov and his disciples. A rare glimpse into the repertoire of early Hassidism in all its variations, from prayer melodies through tavern tunes, in a multilingual performance on the seams running between the world of Yiddish and Ukraine.


Tickets: ₪60,  Students: ₪30, Advance sale: ₪ 50




The Intentional Piyyut - Halev Vehamaayan in a special performance devoted to piyyutim from various Hassidic courts

Tuesday, Sep 30, 8:15pm


For generations, the courts of the various Hassidic sects conducted wide-ranging musical activities, constantly composing new melodies. In many cases, the head of the community – the Admor – was the composer. Words and melodies bear powerful religious, mystical, and philosophical significance. This performance features Hassidic melodies in which East and West meet in a powerful musical unity.


Tickets: ₪80, Students: ₪ 40, Advance sale: ₪ 70



Ramzeilech Play Contemporary Klezmer: The ensemble’s new album is launched in Jerusalem

Tuesday, Sep 30, 10:00pm


Ramzeilech's unique music could only come from a place like Israel, with its integration of distortion and electronic music with clarinet and mawal (a genre of Arabic vocal music). This musical language is beyond borders and has no limits to its style; it's only hardcore music, stretching the boundaries of the concept “klezmer” in new directions. Ramzeilech made their name with live international performances during which the audiences join the ensemble to create a huge party. This evening celebrates the 2014 release of their second album, Tsuzamen (“together”, in Yiddish), in Jerusalem.


Entrance is free, subject to availability. Tickets may be reserved in advance. BEIT AVI CHAI Courtyard




A workshop with Café Gibraltar

Wednesday, Oct 1, 6:00pm


A Thought-provoking Look at the Greatest Jewish Musicians of the Mashreq and Maghreb


Amos Noy and Ophir Toubul, of the groundbreaking "Café Gibraltar" website, host a workshop on the greatest Jewish musicians of the Mashreq and the Maghreb, from Selim Hilleli to Leila Murad, from Rabbi David Buzaglo to Salah al-Kuwaity and many more. Noy and Toubul will show clips and play rare recordings that depict the vast expanses from Gibraltar and the Sahara to the Tigris and the Euphrates. These portray a cultural world in which the Jews were major players and had great weight influencing music.


Entrance is free, subject to availability. Tickets may be reserved in advance




Sufi poetry encounters Judaism - A discussion preceding the “From Teheran to the Temple” performance

Wednesday, Oct 1, 6:00pm


Participants: Prof. Haviva Pedaya and Rabbi Eyal Mani Entrance is free, subject to availability. 


Tickets may be reserved in advance




From Teheran to the Temple - Eyal Sa’id Mani and the Mekhilta Ensemble in a Sufi-Persian-Jewish performance

Wednesday, Oct 1, 7:00pm


The personal journey of tar player Rabbi Eyal Sa’id Mani from Islam and Sufism to Judaism embodies a story of an ancient culture and millennia-old musical tradition transmitted from father to son and from teacher to student. This musical performance blends ancient Persian musical traditions with modern compositions and integrates Persian-Sufi poetry with the world of Jewish liturgical poetry and prayer.


Tickets: ₪60.  Students: ₪30. Advance sale: ₪ 50




“The Day Will Yet Come…” - The Firkat al-Nur ("The Flame") Orchestra in a tribute to Jewish musicians from Arab countries

Wednesday, Oct 1, 8:15pm


During the 1950s, the greatest Jewish musicians, legends throughout the Middle East, immigrated to Israel. They were the founders of the Orchestra of the Arabic Division of the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), under the baton of Zozo Musa, and found their way, quite naturally, into secular and religious music as well as classical Eastern music in both Hebrew and Arabic. Tonight’s performance will include a selection of works by Jewish musicians who emigrated from Arab countries, such as Ezra Aharon, Salah al-Kuwaity, Avraham Daoud, and Rahamim Amar.


The Firqat al-Nur Orchestra for Classical Eastern Music features a core of talent, and is a leader in its field; the performance contains young and old musicians, ultra-Orthodox, modern-religious, secular, some of whom had learned the art of playing their instruments directly from their teachers in the IBA Arabic Orchestra. They all live and breathe classical mizrahi music in all forms, as well as the traditions of liturgical poetry created throughout the greater Arab world.  

Participants: Singers Ziv Yehezkel and Elias Atallah.


Tickets: ₪80. Students: ₪40. Advance sale: ₪ 70 - BEIT AVI CHAI Courtyard




The Olmaya Women’s Vocal Ensemble - Original arrangements for traditional piyyutim from around the world

Wednesday, Oct 1, 9:50pm


Sounds and rhythms from East and West: the women’s vocal ensemble Olmaya perform Hassidic melodies, Andalusian music, Arabic musical scales, and a rich spectrum of voices and colors from throughout the Middle East in original arrangements by musician Orna Zakai.


Entrance is free, subject to availability. Tickets may be reserved in advance - BEIT AVI CHAI Courtyard




Iraqi hafla into the wee hours of the night with the Firkat al-Nur Orchestra and vocalist Yossi Baghdadi

Wednesday, Oct 1, 10:15pm


The program includes the musical masterpieces of Jewish musicians who emigrated from Iraq: the Al-Kuwaityi Brothers, Selim al-Nur, and others; pieces which have become the cornerstones of Iraqi Jewish popular music, played and sung throughout the world by both Jews and Muslims. .


Entrance is free, subject to availability. BEIT AVI CHAI Courtyard




Closing the Gates of Prayer: Ne’ila

Thursday, Oct 2, 9:00pm


The Ashkelon Andalusian Orchestra and Knesiyat Hasechel rock band, together with payytanim Lior Almaliah and Rabbi David Menahem, in a performance of cross-border piyyut and prayer on the day preceding Yom Kippur Eve


The closing performance of the Piyyut Festival The closing event of the Piyyut Festival is an invitation to a large prayer/performance of unity the day prior to Yom Kippur Eve. The Ashkelon Andalusian Orchestra and the Knesiyat Hasechel band broaden their wonderful collaboration, inviting payytanim Lior Almaliah and Rabbi David Menahem to join them. The latter are two of the leading voices in modern liturgical poetry.


Special guest artist is vocalist Riff Cohen, one of the most unique and fresh voices in contemporary alternative ethnic-rock music in Israel over recent years.

The performance moves between the liturgical poetry of the Selichot prayers and original musical performances with a powerful Andalusian-Mediterranean electric high-volume sound.


Entrance free, subject to availability. 

Doors open at 8pm. Jerusalem's municipal Safra Square


All shows will take place in BEIT AVI CHAI (except for the closing performance "Closing the Gates of Prayer: Ne’ila" which will take place in the municipal Safra Square).


For further information and tickets: 

BEIT AVI CHAI website: or phone: 02-6215900 




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