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koleynu music festival

Koleynu, Hebrew for "Our Voices," is a virtual gathering that weaves together music, spiritual practice, activism and wisdom from Judaism and other faiths.

Koleynu falls a couple of days before Tisha b’Av, the Jewish fast day marking the anniversary of the destruction of the ancient Israelite temple.  In today’s practice, the day is not only about mourning an ancient pilgrimage site, but rather marking the many ways our world is broken.  From that painful reckoning, we begin the long journey of healing and transformation that culminates on Yom Kippur.

The pandemic has revealed brokenness like no other recent global event, and our hope is that through facing what is broken, we can hope to transform ourselves and our world profoundly for the better.  

All events will be streamed LIVE to the Or Shalom Facebook page 
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One of our Koleynu features, lead by Grace Tabernacle Church and SF Black-Jewish Unity Group, will be a social justice panel discussion called: In Defense of Democracy - Getting out the Vote in an Age of Heightened Voter Suppression.  This event will be streamed to our Facebook page, but to be an active participant of this forum, please pre-register to attend via Zoom.

Line-up and Artist Bios

12pm - Opening Circle with Rabbi Katie Mizrahi and Mikey Pauker.  Rabbi Katie Mizrahi, Or Shalom’s spiritual leader since 2007, guides our community in finding the joy at the heart of Judaism. Her wisdom and learning, and her singing and drumming, take us from the High Holy Day peaks to the rhythm of Shabbat and the sweet songs of Havdalah. Mikey Pauker (pronounced pow-ker) is a Jewish Folk/World artist from Fairfield, California. Pauker has been described as one of "The 10 Stars Of The New Jewish Music" by TIME Magazine.

12:15pm - Rabbi Sandra Lawson - Her vision as a Rabbi is to help build a more inclusive Jewish community where all who want to come are welcomed, diversity is embraced, and we can come together to learn and to pray.

1pm -  SF Black-Jewish (& Allies) Unity Group Social Justice Forum: In Defense of Democracy - Getting out the Vote in an Age of Heightened Voter Suppression. Panelists include Ricardo Ramirez (Brennan Center for Justice), Andrea Miller (Reclaim Our Vote), and Pablo Rodriguez (Communities for a New California).

2:45pm - Chloe Pourmorady is an award-winning composer, multi-instrumentalist, and singer with Iranian-Jewish roots who can sing in more than 10 languages. She currently works as a music educator, an active performer and composer, and finds great passion in spiritual leadership and public speaking.

3:40pm - Rabbi Joshua Lesser, Senior Rabbi at a progressive and creative synagogue Congregation Bet Haverim, has been a committed advocate for racial justice working on issues of mass incarceration, bail reform and challenging systems of white supremacy. He is the rabbinic editor of Torah Queeries, a Weekly Bible Commentary, which explores LGBTQ themes throughout the Old Testament.

4:30pm - Jacob “Spike” Kraus is a 28 year old singer/songwriter, educator & innovator based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He serves as the Artist in Residence at Temple Israel of West Bloomfield. His music has been included in the cantorial curriculum of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, and is featured by Jewish Rock Radio & PJ Library.

5:30pm Closing Circle with Rabbi Katie & Mikey Pauker.

Fri, August 14 2020 24 Av 5780