OBSERVE THE HOLIEST DAY OF THE YEAR WITH BECAUSE JEWISH
Spend Yom Kippur Day with Rabbi Dan Ain, Jeremiah Lockwood and Because Jewish.
Lockwood's music is born out of an apprenticeship with the late Piedmont Blues master Carolina Slim and an intense study of the music of his grandfather, the legendary Cantor Jacob Konigsberg. Seamlessly channeling these two influsences, he chants traditional prayers like and Avinu Malkeinu with an old-world wail — while often accompanying himself on blues guitar.
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Yom Kippur Day includes:
* Yom Kippur morning services led by Rabbi Dan Ain with music from The Sway Machinery's Jeremiah Lockwood with Shoko Nagai on keyboards and drummer John Bollinger.
* A traditional Torah reading and procession.
* Plain-sense explanations of the religious aspects of the holiday.
* Yizkor Service
* Meditation led by Miriam Eisenberger.
* Yom Kippur afternoon classes, conversations and meditations led by Rabbi Dan, Jeremiah Lockwood, Miriam Eisenberger, Archie Rand, Avi Steinhardt and more...
* Evening Concluding Service led by Rabbi Dan and Jeremiah Lockwood.
* Traditional break-fast at the conclusion of the holiday
* Artwork by Archie Rand from "The 613"
Schedule for the Day:
9:30am - Doors Open
10am - Morning Prayer with Torah Service and Yizkor
2pm - "Grief is Not An Emotion" - A Conversation with Avi Steinhardt
3pm - "Cantors and Ghosts" - Led by Jeremiah Lockwood
4pm - "Return Again: Practicing Teshuvah Through Meditation" - Led by Miriam Eisenberger
5pm - "The 613" - A slideshow of Archie Rand's 613 paintings and conversation with Rabbi Dan about Jewish visual art
6pm - Concluding Service and Ne'ilah
7pm - Break-Fast Meal
Rabbi Dan Ain
Preacher and connector, Rabbi Dan Ain gathers those who are open to being reached. He finds holiness in honest conversation, in the spaces where people can say what they really think and allow others to do the same. His latest project Because Jewish creates opportunities for our religious perspectives to be in genuine dialogue with our artists, our musicians and our everyday lives. The Times of Israel says: "Because Jewish represents the zeitgeist of Jewish Brooklyn, circa 2016. Its raison d’être is to offer community and presence amidst the racing speed and technological isolation of the here and now." For the past decade, Rabbi Dan has been curating these offerings around New York City at the 92nd St Y (as Director of Tradition and Innovation), Brooklyn Bowl, (le) poisson rouge and as the rabbi of The New Shul. The High Holiday services he leads, with blues musician and cantorial singer Jeremiah Lockwood of The Sway Machinery, is an example of finding meaningful ways to worship in the 21st century – creating experiences that speak to people living in today's world using the language, lessons and music of the past.
As a young man, Jeremiah Lockwood apprenticed with Piedmont Blues musician Carolina Slim, and studied chazzanus with his grandfather Cantor Jacob Konigberg. His band The Sway Machinery seeks inspiration from New York City’s cultural geography and has performed at festivals around the world, including, perhaps most notably, the Festival of the Desert in Timbuktu, Mali. He toured for years as guitarist in the band Balkan Beat Box, has scored numerous film and video projects, and served as a 2011 Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Fellow. His most recent records include a 2014 blues-oriented solo album entitled LOCKWOOD, and a new record from The Sway Machinery, Purity and Danger, released in 2015. Jeremiah is currently a PhD candidate at Stanford University where he is engaged in research on the culture of Cantorial music.
Shoko Nagai, born in Nagoya, Japan, is a composer, pianist, accordionist and improviser. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1999 she moved to New York City and quickly established herself in various scenes performing with such renowned artists as John Zorn, Butch Morris, Frank London, Miho Hatori (CiboMatto), Satoshi Takeishi, Erik Friedlander, Marc Ribot, Elliot Sharp, to name a few. Nagai performed in Sweden for the Nobel Prize Ceremony for Herta Muller in 2010. She is a winner of grant from NYFA 2010 and Jazzjaunts 2008. She also composes and performs for various film projects.
John Bollinger is known in the New York scene as an explosive force, his fearsome groove and bone shattering bursts of energy adding an incredible excitement to his wonderful feel for a multiplicity of genres. He has worked with, among others, Barbez, Nanuchka and Guignol. John debuted with The Sway Machinery in 2009 and is featured on all of the bands subsequent recordings. In addition to his work as a musician, John is an educator and an accomplished visual artist in a variety of media. His video compositions, which walk the line between comedy and high concept performance art continue to astound an ever growing circle of cognoscenti.
Miriam Eisenberger is a licensed clinical social worker with over a decade of experience in the field of mental health and group work. Miriam is a dedicated proponent of integrating meditation practices into urban life, and believes that these skills are accessible to anyone once they are given some good introductory guidance. For years, she has studied with many great teachers from Buddhist, Jewish, and Mindfulness meditative traditions and enjoys integrating these varying perspectives into her teachings. Through her mindfulness consulting practice, Mindful Element, she offers mindfulness and stress reduction trainings to individuals, groups, and organizations and is available for speaking engagements, professional development, and a variety of mindfulness programming. She frequently teaches at the Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn and is a certified Mindfulness Teacher through The Mindfulness Institute.
Born 1949, Archie Rand is an artist from Brooklyn, New York. Rand’s work as a painter and muralist is displayed around the world, including in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. There have been over 100 solo exhibitions of his work. In 1974, he completed murals for the 13,000 square foot interior of B'nai Yosef Synagogue in Brooklyn, a monumental three-year project.
Among his pioneering explorations, his latest work The 613 is surely one of his most ambitious feats yet. Without any idea where the work would be exhibited, Rand began transforming each and every one of the 613 mitzvahs, or commandments, into its own breathtaking painting, a series that took five years to complete. Each of the gorgeous and perplexing panels features a vibrant, unexpected image that brings forth the heart of its law and commands our eyes to linger. Rand is startling and original in his rich color choices, bold characters, and extraordinarily expressive approach. The New York Times describes the paintings as "rendered in the style of comics and pulp fiction book jackets, a dash of Mad magazine, a spoonful of Tales of the Crypt, some grotesques, some superheroes, always action, emotion, drama."
Archie has published collaborative work with poets Robert Creeley, John Ashbery, Clark Coolidge, David Plante, John Yau, David Lehman and Jim Cummins. He was awarded, among numerous honors, the Achievement Medal For Contributions to the Visual Arts by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and he received the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Columbia University he is currently the Presidential Professor of Art at Brooklyn College, CUNY. His home and studio are located in Brooklyn.
Avi Steinhardt, LCSW is a Brooklyn based pianist who plays improvisational interpretations from the Great American Songbook. For the better part of a decade, Avi has been exploring the essence and depth of these tunes with Jazz Improvisation master, Connie Crothers, with whom he has dedicated himself to the pursuit of spontaneity.
In addition, Avi has a private Gestalt Therapy practice in Brooklyn, where he sees individuals and couples, kids, teens, and adults. These two aspects of Avi's work have an unarticulated but undeniable connection and flow between them - in their need for a deeper type of listening, in their reverence for this very moment, and their mutual suggestion that there is a type of holiness to be found in many unexpected corners of our lives.