Making Music at the Mikveh

by Jim Ball, Mikveh GuideJim Ball photo

Music and Mayyim Hayyim are no strangers to one another. As a mikveh guide, I have heard how musical accompaniment is part of the immersion experience, whether it’s the singing and clapping of “Siman tov u’ Mazel tov” following a conversion, or a quiet recording setting the mood for a bride or groom, or the echoing voice of a cantor or rabbi singing a song of healing to someone in the water. I once had the privilege of leading a mikveh tour for the American Conference of Cantors, during which 25 cantors sang a song in four-part harmony in the foyer just outside the pools; it sent chills up and down my spine.

It is with special pride that I invite you to experience music in a whole new way at Mayyim Hayyim this Friday, March 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM, when we host a special program of the Boston Jewish Music Festival (BJMF), of which I happen to be co-founder.  Two outstanding musicians will be in the Paula Brody & Family Education Center to present a workshop called “The Meditative Voice.”

Shura Lipovsky, one of the best-known singers of Yiddish music in the world, and Cesar Lerner, an Argentinian master musician and half of the Lerner & Moguilevsky Duo, will perform and lead us in song.

Shura’s workshops have been a highlight at many festivals and events around the world and Cesar’s multi-instrumental and vocal talents will add a new dimension to the gathering. You needn’t be a “singer” to participate—just come willing to lend your voice and share your presence. (You are also welcome to bring hand percussion to add to the joy.) Combining niggunim (melodies) with meditation, story and song, this intimate experience is sure to open doors in your soul.

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Don’t miss a rare and lovely opportunity to experience a new dimension of music and joy at Mayyim Hayyim. 

The Boston Jewish Music Festival takes place March 1-10th throughout the greater Boston area and in New Hampshire. Shura Lipovsky and the Lerner & Moguilevsky Duo will be appearing in the “World of Klezmer” concert on Saturday, March 2, 7:30 pm, at the Somerville Theater in Davis Square, Somerville. Info and tickets here.

Jim Ball is a mikveh guide and co-founder of the Boston Jewish Music Festival. A public relations and marketing professional for more than 30 years, he also just happens to be the lucky husband of Mayyim Hayyim founder Anita Diamant. 


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