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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 7:30pm
Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Boulevard Encino

World Premiere

Russell Stainberg's
Sacred Transitions
Songs on Meditations by Harold M. Schulweis



Sunday, June 8, 2014 - 1:30pm
Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Boulevard Encino CA

Now at Valley Beth Shalom!

The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and Valley Beth Shalom present

Can We Pray Together?



Richard A. Braun, MD, and Elaine Gill Join NMS Advisory Board

Neighborhood Music School Advisory Board<

The Helfman Institute Today

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 8:00pm - Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 8:00pm

Cantor Baron's remarks at Shabbat Shira January 25, 2013 tell the remarkable journey of the Max Helfman Institute for New Jewish Music.


The New Jewish Community Children’s Choir Resumes

The Jewish Community Children's Choir is starting the Spring semester, with a new Westside location added!!

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Musings on Being a Helfman Fellow

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I grew up hearing stories about Max Helfman and enjoying his memorable melodies. My family still sings his candle blessing melody and beautiful Havdalah service. To be a part of a twenty-first century rededication to the creation of Jewish music, in Max Helfman’s memory, is a truly tremendous honor. more

Being a Composer by Chris Hardin

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Being a composer, or anything that requires creation for that matter, is a true test of one's ability to allow the outside world reach the inner most depths of your soul. In our case, being composers, we shut the world out for a period of time and reach inside to put on paper the notes that we feel best represents the mood, emotion or thought that we're after. 


Myriad of Ways to Express and Be Thankful

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To me, working with the diverse and talented group of composers that comprise the Max Helfman Institute has been a blessing. I’ve found myself working and re-working a variety of musical solutions to the setting of a short text (Psalm 19:14).

In the process, I’m learning that there is a difference between writing a piece for an audience that comes to a concert to listen, and a composition meant for a congregation that will participate in a spiritual service. 


Karmit Bar-Lev

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Karmit Bar-Lev has composed music for theater and Jewish choirs. Her work has been performed by the Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, A.C.T.E.R, and by Shir Ba’ Ir, a Jewish a capella group of which she was Assistant Musical Director. She is also a singer songwriter and her music can be found on myspace. She currently teaches music at the Sinai Akiba Academy in Westwood.

Composition Created as Part of Fellowship
Adonay Al Mayim Rabim
Performed by: 
Cantor Baron; Marc Lowenstein, clarinet; VBS choir; Piano

Michael Gill

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Composition Created as Part of Fellowship
Performed by: 
Cantor Phil Baron; VBS choir; Violin, Cello, Piano
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Helfman Institute Fellows

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@newjmusic Celebrate Hanukkah - Jewish Cultural Revival Band MOSTLY KOSHER December 21 Valley Beth Shalom — Mon, November 10, 2014
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@newjmusic Another smash hit last Sunday ! Yale Strom & Friends' "Songs of Sarajevo" had them dancing in the aisles ! — Mon, November 3, 2014
@newjmusic Tribute to Daniel Pearl - Songs of Sarajevo: Music of the Jews, Muslims and Christians 10/26/14 — Thu, September 18, 2014
@newjmusic 11th Annual Beverly Hills International Chamber Music Festival Aug 1 - 10. the go-to destination this summer. — Wed, July 23, 2014
@newjmusic 11th Annual Beverly Hills International Chamber Music Festival Aug 1 - 10. Not to miss! — Wed, July 23, 2014
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@newJmusic Interfaith Symposium June 8 includes Jihad Turk, Claremont School of Religion: Episcopal Bishop Mary Douglas Glasspool — Wed, May 7, 2014
Save the date - 11th Annual Interfaith Symposium/Concert "Can We Pray Together?" June 8th - this year at Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA — Wed, April 23, 2014

Aminadav Aloni z"l was one of the key inspirational forces which led to the establishment of the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles.

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