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Slichot at the Ashkenaz Festival

Saturday, 1 September, 2018 • 21 Elul 5778

10:15 PM - 11:30 PMHarbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

Slichot are both the penitential prayers and poems that mark this time in the month of Elul, as well as the name for the service that falls at this time in the Jewish calendar. This participatory/experiential event will explore the mysteries of the Slichot service through a fusion of music, chanting, poetry and prayer.


Under the direction of award-winning musician and Ba’alat Neginah (prayer leader) Aviva Chernick, an ensemble of prayer leaders, vocalists and instrumentalists will bring together the diverse sounds of Chazzanut, Sephardic folk, Jazz, Indian Classical, Chassidic Chamber music, and Persian Percussion, in a truly unique artistic and spiritual experience.

The ensemble will include the voices and leadership of Cantor Aviva Rajsky (Congregation Habonim) and Chazzan Ben Silverberg (Beth Torah Congregation), and instrumentalists Justin Gray (bass), Yoni Kaston (accordion), Ernie Tollar (flutes and woodwinds) and Naghmeh Farahmand (percussion). Come prepared to close your eyes and listen, to open your mouth and sing along. Whatever your experience with Jewish prayer, all are welcome to this rare Ashkenaz presentation.

Sponsored by: Beth Torah Congregation, Beth Tzedec Congregation, Congregation Habonim, Living Jewishly, Narayever Synagogue, Shaarei-Beth El Congregation

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