Knocking at Our Hearts

  • 1:00 PM - 4:45 PM
  • Temple Beth Zion
    1566 Beacon St.
    Brookline, MA

Mayyim Hayyim and Kavod (a lay-led Jewish community focused on social justice) present the 5th 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.

12:30-1:00 – Registration and arrival
1:00-2:30   – Sephardi/Mizrahi Sacred Songs for the High Holidays
2:30-3:15   – Snack/Shmooze
3:15-4:45   – Small Group Workshop: Integrating Sephardi/Mizrahi Songs in our Communities

Contact Rosa Blumenfeld, Mayyim Hayyim Racial Justice and Equity Consultant, with questions. 

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 & Musician-in-Residence at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan.

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

Offered in partnership with Kavod

Cosponsored by Temple Beth Zion, Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the Jewish Arts Collaborative, Washington Square Minyan, and Jews of Color of Greater Boston (JOCGB)

Cosponsored by 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



Online registration is now closed. We are taking walk-in registration for Sephardi/Mizrahi Sacred Songs for the High Holidays (the large workshop). Registration is no longer open for Integrating Sephardi/Mizrahi Songs Into Our Communities (the small workshop).