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Celebrating Shabbat in Song

an abstract painting of a person playing a violinFridays:
October 27; November 24; February 23; March 23; April 27; May 25
Refreshments: 12:30 pm, Concert and Shabbat Ceremony 1:00 - 2:30 pm

We invite you to celebrate Shabbat with us at our new Friday afternoon program. Enjoy a Jewish-themed concert, a participatory Shabbat ceremony, as well as traditional treats. Musical guest performers will include Lenka Lichtenberg, Yitzhak Argaman, Cantor Aaron Bensoussan… and more. Shabbat Shalom and Gut Shabbes!
To register, please call (416) 924-6211 x0.


Admission: $5.00/program

Friday February 23 – Isaac Muzikansky

Muzikansky 640x588Perhaps it was inevitable that Isaac Muzikansky would be a musician. With such a name, what else could he be? Born and raised in the former Soviet Union, Isaac Muzikansky has been passionate about Jewish music and Yiddish songs since childhood. The Muzikansky family kept their Jewish traditions alive in spite of fear of persecution. “In spite of all the difficulties in their lives, my parents’ spirits were never broken, and they never gave up their dreams of keeping the Yiddishkeit alive in our family. A big part of this was the Yiddish music and the songs they sang together almost every evening after dinner”.

After immigrating to Canada in 1980, Isaac settled in Ottawa, and became actively involved in Jewish community life there. He performed as a part of a group as well as soloist at many Soloway JCC functions. Isaac sang with the Ottawa choirs “Shiru Lach” and “Musica Ebraica”, as well as with Agudath Israel Synagogue choir. He was also an active volunteer for Hillel Lodge, Chevra Kadisha, AJA 50+, Creative Connections, Jewish Family Services, Hadassa and Na’amat.

In 2015, Isaac relocated to Toronto, where he regularly performs at Jewish venues like the
Bernard Betel Centre, Baycrest, Circle of Care and Russian CHATS club. He also sings with the Beth Tikvah Synagogue choir. Isaac has performed in Montreal, Kingston and South Florida at synagogues, libraries and Jewish organizations. Isaac has also participated at the KlezKanada music festival.
Isaac’s repertoire includes songs in Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, Russian and Italian. He accompanies himself on the guitar and also plays violin.
In August 2011, Isaac released a CD of Yiddish songs, which was the culmination of years of singing and playing guitar in various groups and settings. Titled “Isaac Muzikansky – My Parents’ Favourite Yiddish Songs”, this collection evolved from his childhood and includes traditional favourites including Lekhayim, Di Mameh Iz Gegangen, Vi Nemt Men A Bisele Mazl, Chiri Bim Chiri Bom and Di Mezinke Oysgegebn.
For more information about Isaac, please visit www.isaacmuzikansky.com.


Friday March 23 – Yitzhak Argaman

Yitzhak Argaman was born in Israel. It was during his service in the Israeli army that he picked up his first guitar, taught himself to play, and formed his first singing group. While in his early 20s, Yitzhak came to Canada to study, and he has since established a career as a music teacher and a musician. He is also a band leader and entertains at countless simchas and performances in Toronto and across Canada.
Yitzhak is mostly known for his Hebrew singing - his roots as a sabra enable him to retain the authentic Israeli flavour of the songs and capture spirit of Israel and its contemporary musical flavour. In addition, he has a wide repertoire of Yiddish, English and Spanish songs. Yitzhak performed as part of the Miles Nadal JCC’s 2015 Jewish Music Week program “Celebrating Israel in Song”, at our 2016 concert in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut “Eretz Zavat Chalav” and at our very first Shabbat in Song program this past June.

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