RUTH - An Oratorio by Aminadav Aloni

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Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 10:00am
Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Boulevard Encino, CA 91436

Valley Beth Shalom and the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles proudly present RUTH - a moving oratorio by Aminadav Aloni.


Martin Chalifour and Steven Vanhauwaert Return!

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Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:30pm
Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Blvd Encino

Martin Chalifour, LA Phil Concertmaster, and internationally acclaimed pianist Steven Vanhauwaert return for another exciting recital!


VIKLARBO in Concert

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Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 2:30pm
Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Boulevard Encino

VIKLARBO in Concert!



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Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 2:30pm
Valley Beth Shalom 15739 Ventura Boulevard Encino, CA 91436

The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and Valley Beth Shalom present ARITMIA, starring accordionist Merima Kljuço and guitarist MiroslavTadić.


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

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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
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Journeys: From Darkness to Light
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

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@newjmusic 11th Annual Beverly Hills International Chamber Music Festival Aug 1 - 10. Not to miss! — Wed, July 23, 2014
RT @rabbishai: Anshel Pfeffer in Ha'aretz: We are all to blame for Palestinian teen's murder by 'Jewish extremists' — Wed, July 9, 2014
@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
World Premiere Russel Steinberg's SACRED TRANSITIONS - SONGS ON MEDITATIONS BY HAROLD M. SCHULWEIS May 28th. Details — Wed, April 23, 2014
Martin Chalifour - Steven Vanhauwaert Fabulous Recital Sunday March 30 at VBS! Sign up now (818) 788-6000 — Sat, March 22, 2014 — Thu, January 23, 2014
@newJmusic: RETURN TO SEPHARAD Adam del Monte & Friends February 23rd — Fri, January 10, 2014
@newjmusic Daniel Pearl Concert Sun Oct 20 Great music, support Daniel Pearl Foundation Tickets & Info — Fri, October 18, 2013
@newjmusic The Neighborhood Music School (NMS) in Boyle Heights: Richard A. Braun, MD, & Elaine Gill have joined Advisory Board — Thu, August 1, 2013

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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