Joy Katzen-Guthrie's Net Gazette
All the news about Joy Katzen-Guthrie's concerts, recordings, & tours that's fit to print

October 2007 Issue
South Florida Jan '08
American Musical Bridges
Featured Specials
Public Appearances
Word Of Mouse
The New Website
Spring '08 China Tour
Special Events & More
Joy's Neat News
Travel Poll
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South Florida
January 2008
Between January 2-10, 2008, I will return to South Florida with appearances in the Boca Raton, Delray, and Palm Beach areas. I would love to give a program for your community, event, or congregation. Please contact me with ideas, or see my programs and promotional kit to view possibiliites for your community.
Earlier this year I provided an entry in the Public Radio Talent Quest ... an online search for new NPR hosts and programs. Among over 1,400  entrants, I was not a finalist, but my entry received many many positive responses. I want to personally thank all who listened, voted, and left comments. I was deeply touched (I would say I was left speechless - but most of you know that's impossible for me) by your beautiful remarks about my work and how it has made a difference in your life. As a result of your comments and support, I will use the concept I created for this entry, American Musical Bridges, as one of several podcasts I will create in the coming months.  ~Joy
Featured Specials
For a limited time, purchase any two CDs and receive a free cassette of your choice from quantities available (including Passages, How Good & How Pleasant, Heart of Ancient Promise, Seasons of Joy, and SoulStream). CDs are on sale now for only $11.95, (reg. price $14.95). Purchase two or more for $10 each, plus shipping/tax if applicable. We accept Paypal, Credit Card, Cash, Check, or Money Order. We will also send a CD as a gift to the recipient with a greeting card and personalized message. Joy's CDs are a welcome addition to your home or office, and a lovely holiday, birthday, or other special gift to family and friends. Visit our Online Store today.

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View these & many more ongoing appearances in detail  here.
Oct 29, JCC of Greater Baltimore's Learn Inn Experience: Hit Parade Memories; Heart & History of Jewish Music; A Joyous Musical Celebration

Oct-Dec: Upcoming Courses for Eckerd Elderhostel: Comedy In Music, The Woman in Chinese Tradition, Taoism & Confucism, Groundbreaking American Musicals, All That Jazz, & more

Nov-Feb: Upcoming Courses for Eckerd Osher Institute: Gene Kelly, Light As Air; The  Irresistable Songs of Sammy Cahn; Classic Musicals Stage To Screen

Nov. 20, The Carlisle Naples: Favorite Melodies from the American Songbook

Dec. 6: Stratford Court, Clearwater: Hanukkah Circle of Songs

Dec. 11: Beckett Lake Lodge, Clearwater: Hanukkah Circle of Songs

Dec. 23: Music & Message for Unity Community Church of Dunedin, Rejoicing in the Holiday: Sacred Renewals & Discoveries

Dec. 30: Grand Edventures in St. Petersburg: Broadway to Hollywood

Jan 2-10, 2008: South Florida Mini Tour including Boca Lago Country Club & Summer Chase

Jan 20, 2008:
BACA (Bay Area Cantorial Association) 5th Annual Cantorial Concert, Temple Beth Shalom, Sarasota

Jan 22, 2008: Jewish Women International: Silk Road to Shanghai: The Jews Of China

March 9, 2008:
Temple Beth Shalom of Ocala Annual Cantorial Concert, Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala

Word Of Mouse
Thank you for subscribing to the Joy Net Gazette. Won't you share the newsletter and my work with others? Please let your friends and colleagues know of my tours, music, and concerts. For any of you who link my site to your site or include a mention of my site and work in your own promotion, send me the promotion or the page where I am linked, and I will send you a free solo CD of your choice from my online store as a small token of my thanks - and the shipping is on me too!
Hello & A Hearty Welcome
Joy Small Picto my newly-designed Joy's Net Gazette. The newsletter was on haitus for over a year and I'm so happy that many of you have re-subscribed to the mailing list via the safe subscription on my site and that a number of new subscribers are on board as well. Henceforth, this newsletter will be released monthly, with music, travel, and other updates to begin shortly.

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My monthly Gazette will inform you of features on my site, new CD releases, tours, appearances, travel, discounts for my recordings, news and updates of Jewish heritage, travel, music, and information I enjoy sharing. I value your privacy and do not share your email address. My new email distribution service, Constant Contact, has one of the strictest anti-spam practices on the internet. I hope you enjoy receiving and reading the new Joy Net Gazette.   ~Joy

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The All New Voices of Joy Katzen-Guthrie
With its more streamlined and user friendly pages, my redesigned site at features continually expanding sections of photos, slide shows, and information. Calendar, tours, programs, galleries, music & lyrics, promotional materials and more are updated regularly. Broadcast & Voiceover as well as Studio sections will be added.  Visit the Site
Newly-Announced Spring 2008 China Tour
In March/April of 2008, I will join Temple Beth El (St. Petersburg) in a spectacular Heritage Tour of China as tour leader/scholar. Together we will discover the amazing Jewish connection to China and experience extraordinary sights ancient and modern. From the Forbidden City to the Olympic Village ... from wine and challah on the Great Wall to Kabbalat Shabbat with Kehillat Beijing and the Jewish Community of Shanghai ... from the ancient Terra-Cotta Warriors of Xi'an to the architecturally innovative and award-winning new Xintiandi & Taipingqiao Redevelopment Project in Shanghai to China's historic "Venice of the East" with its man-made marvel, the Grand Canal and its world-renowned silk and embroidery artisans - and so much more - we will encounter an amazing blend of history, culture, and heartwarming Jewish presence in a land where Jews have been welcomed and appreciated for centuries.

Temple Beth El's Magnificent Treasures of China Tour: A Jewish Discovery of China travels to Beijing, Xi'an, Suzhou, and Shanghai from March 25 to April 7, 2008. An additional extension is being offered to Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang from April 7-15, 2008. Find Out More
Available for Special Events, Concerts, & More
I hope you will call me for your celebration, class, congregation, concert, conference ... and even things that don't begin with the letter "c!" Whatever you're planning,  music would be wonderful for it - and my repertoire of thousands of Broadway, film, and pop standards along with Judaic and other ethnic favorites would enhance any event. Here are more ideas for all occasions.

Masterful wedding consultant and event planner Joyce Hartmann and I have created a Magical Shabbat Celebration Dinner for your B'nei Mitzvah or Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, turning your special occasion into a celebration featuring members of your family in a unique and touching program never to be forgotten. For details, email me or call Joyce at 813-253-6594.
Joy's Neat News 
I love to share discoveries I make on the internet as well as news of friends and colleagues. This section of the newsletter is devoted to those announcements, which I offer as a service.

My friend and colleague, Rabbi Barbara Aiello, became Italy's first female and first liberal rabbi several years ago when she was named spiritual leader of Synagogue Lev Chadash in Milan, Italy's first Progressive (Liberal/Reform) synagogue. Since then, Rabbi Barbara has established the Italian Jewish Cultural Center of Calabria (IjCCC) and Synagogue Ner Tamid del Sud (The Eternal Light of the South), the first operational synagogue in southern Italy since the Inquisiton. I'm so pleased to have worked with Rabbi Aiello in Florida before she took her pulpit in Italy, as well as to have co-led a Jewish Heritage Tour of China with her and her congregation in 2001. Read much more about her exemplary work here.

credt cardThe Oyhoo Festival runs from Oct 20-27 in New York City. Featuring over 30 concerts & Jewish events in venues across New York City, the festival is not to be missed! Check out the site & schedule here.

Cantor Deborah Jacobson
of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor, FL recently completed her splendid Bimah To Broadway, Act I live concert CD of her fantastic show from earlier this year. The concert was recorded and engineered by my husband Mark, then edited, mixed, and mastered in our Tune-of-the-Century Music® Studios in Palm Harbor. Don't miss the L'dor Vador Generation to Generation Musical Celebration and CD Release Party, Sunday, October 28, 2007 at Temple Ahavat Shalom, and pick up your own copy of the CD. I can vouch for how great it is! See more about the celebration here, and visit Deborah's own site here.

As a member of the Pinellas County Arts Council, I receive a monthly bulletin of arts opportunities (employment opps, fellowships, grants, scholarships, conferences, seminars, workshops, website resources, and more) in the Tampa Bay area and nationally. It's a fantastic resource. You can request to be on the mailing list as well. See the latest arts newsletter here.

Joy Small PicI've had the privilege of knowing Joe Vass & his group Klezmerica and hearing them perform over the years. Joe's fantastic original show, Gershwin The Klezmer, has been presented from one coast to the other; I caught a great production in Coconut Grove that featured my friend & colleague Bob Marinoff, who now resides in Fort Myers. You should consider bringing it to your community. Check out the Klezmerica site and download 8 free mp3s here.

If you haven't visited the Judaica Sound Archives, you don't know what you're missing. A service of Fla. Atlantic University in Boca Raton, the site contains hundreds of rare to current Hebrew and Yiddish recordings that you can search by title or by recording and hear fully online at no charge. Bring up the site here and simply listen to the stream of music ... it will take your breath away. Consider donating your Judaic recordings the archives. And check out the recordings of Cantor Shimon and Ilana Gewirtz, now in Delray and formerly serving Congregation B'nai Israel in St. Petersburg, along with recordings by Gladys Gewritz Hedaya, Shimon's siter. The Gewirtz's rare recordings from Israel are part of the collection and are a delight. Shimon & his sister Gladys co-wrote Your People Are Mine, a outstanding original musical re-telling of the Book of Ruth that has been presented in Israel and in Florida and in which I appeared as Naomi in the original Florida production that starred many of Tampa Bay's cantors and cantorial soloists. You can purchase that soundtrack in my Online Store.

Here's another fantastic online resource: The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), featuring an extensive searchable collection of American Jewish History. Current features include portraits of early American Jews, Archive of the American Soviet Jewry Movement, American Jewish HIstory in Images, Exhibition of Jewish Chaplains at War. Visit the site here.

LoraFriend & Colleague Lora Cain, with whom I have worked in the radio, voice over, and music industries, has one of the finest voices in the business. Lately, like Chicken Man, she's everywhere!! Visit her home site to hear her voice samples, her my space page to hear her recently released solo CD, and her You Tube pages for her Southern Guide to Internet Dating series (recently featured on the Rachel Ray Show!)

Friend & Colleague Kevin Frye of Tampa has created Bayside Entertainment, an agency featuring bands, dj's and performers throughout Florida. Visit Kevin's Bayside site, along with his page for the Mike Eisenstadt Band, where you can hear some great new recordings.

Friend & colleague, artist Kathy Iwanowski of Dunedin, FL, has created an association connecting art and health in corporations, education, healthcare, and nonprofit settings. A tireless advocate for the arts and artists, Kathy's sites are worth your time. Visit her home site here and her International Association of Nurse Artists site here. Kathy was an active participant in the Unity Third Thursday Café that I created for Unity Center For Today in Tampa in years past.

Joy Small PicFriend & colleague, Afsaneh Noori of Tampa, whose exquisite art was also featured in my Third Thursday Café series, has been involved with an extraordinary series of empowerment projects. Her Change Thrivers book and program is designed to grow one's inner power and system of support. Visit Afsaneh's magnificent site here and more about Change Thrivers here.

I had the privilege of being a contributor to the Second Edition (2007) of the Encyclopedia Judaica. View sample articles and a history of this significant publication, or purchase it here.

Percussionist on the Loose! Friend & Colleague Vonn New, formerly of Tampa, creates amazing music using acoustic percussion, laptop, flutes, poetry, and found sounds. Vonn works solo & in collaboration. The folks in Hyde Park, NY now have the pleasure of hearing her, as she makes her home there now. Her distinctive music is available for house concerts, congregations, museums & galleries, schools, spiritual groups, and intimate settings. Visit her site here.

Coming in next month's issue of the Joy Net Gazette ... links to resources on Jewish heritage worldwide, China, and the Jews of China.
Travel Poll
Where in the world would you like to travel? Would you like to travel with one of Joy's Jewish Tours or a tour of another theme? I have created a travel poll to find out your preferences for future tours. I can email or fax you the poll, which you may fill out and email, mail, or fax back. Email me to request the poll.

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I hope to see you at an upcoming appearance or to travel with you this spring to China. Please keep in touch with events and special moments in your life! With love always, Joy