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Sunday, February 17 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Azamra: Jewish Kirtan

A•zam•ra is part of a nationwide movement putting Hebrew psalms and songs to the rhythms and melodies of kirtan, a form of call-response devotional music that originates in Eastern spirituality.  Our music is meant not so much to be listened to as to be experienced and joined to the voices in the room.

Azamra is Rabbis Lizzi Heydemann and Sam Feinsmith, Hannah Shefsky and Yoni Sarason. Azamra means "I will sing," and evokes the psalm that invites us to sing not only with our voices, but with our very lives. (T)

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Sam Feinsmith

Rabbi Sam Feinsmith teaches Judaic Studies and coordinates Jewish Life at Chicagoland Jewish High School, IL. He is a regular teacher at the Center for Jewish Mindfulness, where he weaves in the depths of Chassidic and Kabbalistic wisdom. He holds degrees from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and Jewish Theological Seminary. Passionate about prayer and contemplative Jewish practice, he has consulted for a number of innovative prayer... Read More →
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Lizzi Heydemann

Lizzi Heydemann catalyzed the founding of Mishkan Chicago in 2011, an urban spiritual community whose mission is to engage, educate, empower, connect, and inspire people through dynamic experiences of Jewish prayer, learning and community-building. Lizzi was a "lifer" at Lab, attended Stanford University, and was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2010. More importantly, the Indigo Girls taught her how to play guitar and... Read More →
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Yoni Sarason

Cincinnati born and bred, Yoni found his way to St. Louis by way of Washington University, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology. After graduating, Yoni cut his teeth in Jewish community building by founding the St. Louis Moishe House and Next Dor St. Louis. Yoni now works with Birthright Israel NEXT as the Regional Director for the Midwest. Yoni is a 2010 PresenTense Global Fellow and 2011 ROI Fellow.
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Hannah Shefsky

As a local musician and teacher, Hannah Shefsky is passionate about the role music plays in spirituality, healing, and Jewish exploration. She is grateful to spend her time working with an amazing group of students through The Intonation Music Workshop, a non-profit that brings music into schools and park district sites in Chicago’s under-served communities. She also teaches private piano, guitar, and voice lessons, and performs regularly... Read More →

Sunday February 17, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Inner Circle Floor 2 North