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

December 2007 Issue
Hear Joy On The Net
Holiday Specials
Special Apppearances
2007-2008 Calendar
Thank you!
Voices of Joy
China Spring '08 & More
Joy's Neat News
Hear Joy's Music on the Net
One Vibration radioMy original songs are now being heard on One Vibration Radio, 24/7 Inspirational Music On the Net

New Consciousness Radio New Consciousness Radio: Music & Media with a message of unity, community, & the power within

Bill HahnWFDU's electic program of Jewish music from aruond the world,Sunday Simcha with host Bill Hahn

Cick to enjoy streams of my original holiday tunes,
Healthy Happy New Year and Holiday Circle of Loveat ArtistLaunch,  here.

You can also hear my holiday tunes this month on upcoming podcasts of
The Open Mike Café with Mike Stephens.

My deepest thanks to these programs and hosts for sharing and supporting my music.
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Joy's CDs are perfect for holiday and year-round gift-giving. It is not too late to send one for Hanukkah. We will mail your CD immediately to the gift recipient along with a personalized card with your message. We accept Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Cash, Check, or Money Order, and there is no minimum. Joy's CDs are a welcome addition to your drive, home, or office, and a lovely gift of music to share with family and friends. Specials continue through the end of the year. Visit the Online Store,

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Boca & Beyond in Jan '08
Bay Area Cantorial Assn
Cantorial Concert Ocala
Baltimore in March & June '08
Port St. Lucie in August '08
and lots more ... Click to see

Interested in the possibility of a concert, class or lecture  during the first week in January when I will return to South Florida with appearances in the Boca Raton, Delray, and Palm Beach areas, or for local, regional, or national appearances year-round? Please email me or call me at 727-785-4568, or nationally at 800-354-1302. For ideas, see my program possibiliites and promotional kit.

My participation in Greater Baltimore JCC's Learn Inn this past October was so much fun, and I'm honored that I have been invited to return to Baltimore as scholar & artist -in-residence for the JCC in March as well as a return to the June Learn Inn. I look forward to being with you again.

Mark your calendar for January and March cantorial concerts. The Bay Area Cantorial Assn (BACA) presents its 5th Annual Concert in Sarasota this year at Temple Beth Sholom on January 20, 2008 at 4 p.m. with music celebrating the 60th birthday of the State of Israel. On March 12, The Annual Cantorial Concert of Temple Beth Shalom of Ocala features Israel@60: Melodies of Milk & Honey at the Appleton Museum.

Other upcoming events include a special August 2008 concert for Temple Beth El Israel of Port St. Lucie, FL

Click to see the full calendar
View these appearances & many more in detail  here
Dec. 6: Stratford Court, Palm Harbor, Hanukkah Circle of Songs

Dec. 10: Temple Beth El, St. Petersburg, China Open House: Learn more about our spring 2008 tour of China & the Jews of China

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

Dec. 11: Freedom Square, Seminole: Hanukkah Traditions & Music

Dec. 12: Regency Oaks, Clearwater: Hanukkah Traditions & Music

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-March:  Eckerd Elderhostel:  Groundbreaking American Musicals, Richard Rodgers, MGM Studio Musicals, Broadway to Hollywood, Beethoven to Beatles, Musicals of the 40s & 50s, All That Jazz, The Woman in Chinese Tradition, Taoism & Confucism, Comedy In Music, & more

Jan-April: Upcoming Courses for Eckerd Osher Learning: The  Irresistable Songs of Sammy Cahn; Classic Musicals Stage To Screen;  Melody & Lyric: The Heart & Soul of Frank Loesser

Jan 20, 2008:
BACA (Bay Area Cantorial Association) 5th Annual Cantorial Concert: A Musical Celebration of Israel's 60th Year, Temple Beth Sholom, 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, Israel @ 60: Melodies of Milk & Honey, Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala

March 13, 2008: JCC of Greater Baltimore: Silk Road to Shanghai: Jews of China, Jewish Writers of Broadway to Hollywood, A Joyous Musical Celebration

March 25-April 15: MAGNIFICENT TREASURES OF CHINA TOUR: A DISCOVERY OF JEWISH CHINA visiting Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Suzhou, and extension to Kunming, Lijiang, Dali

June 16, 2008: JCC of Greater Baltimore's Learn Inn Experience:
Remote Jews of the Diaspora, The American Popular Songbook, A Celebration of Jewish Music

August 16, 2008: Temple Beth El Israel of Port St. Lucie, FL: A Celebration of Jewish Music


When you're seeking music or lecture programs for your celebration, class, concert,  congregation, or conference, let me know. I'll share possibiliites with you, including these programs for all occasions.
Magical Shabbat
Masterful event planner Joyce Hartmann and I have created a Magical Shabbat Celebration Dinner for your B'nei Mitzvah or Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, making your special occasion a celebration featuring members of your family in a unique and touching program never to be forgotten. For details, email me or call Joyce: 813-253-6594.
My Galleries
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If you have not yet seen them, get thee to the Gallery sections of my site! The Music Gallery currently displays images from the 2007 4th Annual Bay Area Cantorial Association Concert in Tampa. Click to see the display.

The Tour Gallery currently displays images from my collection of China photos, including Qufu, Tai-Shan, Taoism, Jewish China, Churches of China and many other photos. Click to visit.

I will be expanding the tour galleries in coming months to include photos from my other tours & interests. I'll let you know as I add them.

A Joyous Season ...
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May 2008 bring you and your loved ones the warmth, joy, and fulfillment you most desire. This month is a busy one of Hanukkah, classes, concerts and appearances to discuss the upcoming Temple Beth El Heritage Tour of China and China's fascinating Jewish connection. I hope to see you out and about, to hear from you about the tour, or to see you December 10th at Temple Beth El's Open House for those who plan to travel or are considering joining us. You'll find information about all of these in this issue, along with other news of my work and music and more Neat News of the work of colleagues and discoveries I enjoy sharing with you.

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Voices of Joy Katzen-Guthrie
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I hope you have visited my newly-redesigned Voices of Joy site at www.joyfulnoise.netwhere I daily update my calendar, tour information, photos, programs, music & lyrics, promotional materials and more. If you're ever looking for something you don't see on the site, please email me. Click to Visit

Studio & Voiceover sections for Tune-of-the-Century Music® Studios and audio/broadcast design and integration services that my husband and I provide, as well as for my own studio and voice over work are under construction and I hope to have open by the next issue. Please email me with questions about this work. Many artists use and love our beautiful recording studio. Visit also my site to read of this aspect of my work and hear a variety of voice over samples. Click to Visit

Spring 2008 China Jewish Heritage Tour & More

credt cardWe now approach the final leg of reservations for our March/April 2008 Discovery of Jewish China Tour sponsored by Temple Beth El of St. Petersburg). This tour is open to all and we are gathering a diverse and fun group to travel this spring to  Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and Suzhou, along with an extension to Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang. Read More

Temple Beth ElThis Monday, December 10th at 7:30 p.m., Temple Beth El of St. Petersburg hosts a China Open House to hear more about the tour and the Jews of China and to see photos from my visits throughout the country. All who plan to travel or are considering this tour or want to know more are welcome and encouraged to meet one another, see the striking photographs, and ask questions about your travel. Temple Beth El is located at 400 Pasadena Ave S., St Petersburg, FL 33707. Chinese desserts and teas will be served, and your RSVPs are requested to the temple at: (727) 347-6136.

Depost and reservation deadline for guaranteed space is December 31, 2007. We will accept reservations after this date on a space-available basis only. E-mail for information, or click here to Read More

St. Petersburg TimesAs of this early hour as I complete this newsletter (5 a.m.!), Check out TODAY'S (Wed., December 5th) St. Petersburg Times for Waveney Ann Moore's beautiful article on the Jews of China. You can read it online here, though photos from my visits to Jewish sites in China are not on the page, so pick up an issue for the full effect. I have not yet seen the paper, so can't tell you yet which section to check, but I'll put it up on my site as soon as I know. My deepest thanks to Waveney Ann and the Times staff for the integrity of the article and all their effort in creating it.

We are also indebted to the Jewish Press of Pinellas County for their beautiful feature of our tour in their most recent issue. Click to view that story.Jewish Press

My thanks to Tabletalk and Sunday Simcha host Bill Hahn interviews me about this tour and the Jews of China onWFDU 89.1 FM Teaneck, New Jersey, Sunday, December 9th, at 8:00 a.m. (Tabletalk) and during the 10 a.m. Sunday Simcha program. Visit

WMNF TampaMy thanks also to host Kevin Frye of theWMNF 88.5 Tampa Sunday Simcha, who interviewed me on December 2nd. You'll soon be able to hear an archive of that show on the internet here.

Jewish Women International (JWI) Clearwater Chapter features my program,Silk Road To Shanghai: The Jews of China, at its January 22, 2008 meeting at 7 p.m. at the Kent Jewish Community Center. This program will include a full discussion and audio-visual display of China's Jewish heritage. For information about this meeting, contact Elaine Miller at 727-518-9824. Joy will additionally feature Silk Road To Shanghai: The Jews of China among other classes and concerts for the Greater Baltimore JCC on March 13, 2008. Details of these and other programs may be viewed here.

ElderhostelIf you have not experienced Eckerd College Elderhostel's week-long Mysterious China: A Voyage Without Passports programs, you should treat yourself. Featured every several months, the next program will be February 17-22, 2008. An introspective & indepth week is devoted to learning of the legends, history, art, medicine, cuisine, lifestyle, and philosophy of China with professors from Eckerd College's renowned East Asian Studies Department and through lectures I present on The Women of China: Yesterday & Today, and China's Ancient Faiths: Taoism and Confucianism. Read more about this exceptional program here.

Sacred India ExhibitSt. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts features its beautiful Sacred India, Sacred Tibet: The Power & Beauty of Sacred Art exhibit through February 24th, 2008 featuring exquisite bronzes, wood sculptures, and paintings inspired by Hinduism and Buddhism from tenth to twentieth centuries. The Museum is located at 255 Beach Drive., NE, 727-896-2667. Visit their site and click on "Exhibitions" to read more.

Temple Beth El's Magnificent Treasures of China Tour: A Discovery of Jewish China travels to Beijing, Xi'an, Suzhou, and Shanghai from March 25 to April 7, 2008, with extension is being offered to Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang from April 7-15, 2008. 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. Find Out More
Joy's Neat News

I love to share discoveries I make on the internet as well as news of friends and colleagues. As a result of the large amount of timely news this month, I am postponing my collection of heritage travel and Jewish heritage links for the next issue. If you have neat news you would like me to share, please email me to tell me about it!

Pinellas County JewsAnyone interested in a history of the Jewish community in the Tampa Bay Area would be deeply impressed by and want to own a personal copy of the recently-released volume, Histories of the Jewish People of Pinellas County, Florida - 1883-2005. A thorough encyclopedic rendering of Jewish Tampa Bay, it was authored by Dr. Herman (Hank) Koren. Hank is recipient of the internationally acclaimed Walter S. Mangold Award, the highest honor in environmental health in the United States and has published eighteen books. He and his wife Donna have voluntarily spent 9,000 hours of time in the last six years to present this gift to the community and have donated the copyright to Temple B'nai Israel of Clearwater to benefit the temple's educational program in full. I can't tell you how impressed I have been by the extensive research that Hank has conducted, and the careful, thoughtful and completely enjoyable rendering of the history of Tampa Bay Jewish congregations, organizations, and notable individuals who have contributed to Jewish life in its many forms in the Tampa Bay area for nearly 125 years since Jewish life began here. It is a beautiful and powerful volume that I feel privileged to own. Click here to learn more about the book: the yellow button at the top will give you information, while the orange button provides an order form.

Riselle BainTemple Beth Shalom of Ocala presents Cantor Riselle Bain in Tops of the Flops: Great songs from Broadway shows that never made it, Sunday, December 23, 2007, 7 p.m. at the temple at 1109 NE 8th Ave., Ocala. I will be accompanying Riselle in this program, and I can tell you that it is a fantastic and delightfully entertaining program. You'll learn things about the Broadway tunes you love & the shows they were in that you never knew, and Riselle's rendering of the songs & stories is top-notch. Riselle has performed professionally in motion pictures, theatre, and television. She played Eva in the first National Tour of Evita, was Hodel to Jan Peerce's Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and as a child under contract to Paramount Studios, played the role of Miriam in the epic film The Ten Commandments. She concertizes widely & serves as Cantor of Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa. Don't miss this great opportunity to see her Broadway finesse! Tickets are $10 each & available at the door; a reception will follow. It's a jeans & tux evening ... come as you're comfortable. Click for info.

UU DomeThe Unitiarian Universalist Church of Tampa presents From Opera To Folk Yultide Concert with Tenor Paul Diaz-Cobo and Traditional Folksinger and Multi-Instrumentalist Susan Boyer Haley, Sunday, December 16, 2007, 5 p.m. in the UU Dome at 11400 Morris Bridge Rd., Tampa. Paul, whom I will accompany in this concert, has one of the most exquisite and powerful voices I have ever heard. You can listen to it here IslandsPaul Diaz-Cobo descent, Paul recently moved to Tampa from New Jersey. He has performed with the Jersey Lyric Opera, Greater Miami Opera, Hudson. Of Cuban & Canary Opera Theatre, Florida Grand Opera, and the Julliard School of Music and will sing operatic songs of the season. He also owns and operates Aikido of Tampa Bay in Brandon. Susan Boyer Haley plays guitar, mountain dulcimer, and psaltery accompanied by her husband Bill on banjo and mandolin. Her unique repertoire of seasonal folk music includes songs that have been passed down in her family for over four generations. Susan is a favorite at Florida and national folk festivals with traditional music of America, Celtic, and the Appalachian and Missouri music tradition into which she was born. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance. Read more.

Moshe FriedlerHazzan Moshe Friedler of Tampa has recently completed and released a series of new and historic recordings that have been recorded or remastered in our studios in Palm Harbor. Born in Buenos Aires, Moshe began his career as a cantor at age 18 and has served Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Tampa since 1989. I have had the joy of working with him on many occasions over the years, and his CD repertoire now includes the re-release of three rare remastered recordings (El Canto Del Pueblo Hebreo, Cantemos Al Estilo de Moshe, Bloye Oygn) created between 1962 and 1980 in Argentina and Miami, his original and beautiful production One Generation After, inspired by the writing of Elie Wiesel, the inspirational Hallelu Yah live concert of the Rodeph Shalom, Kol Ami, and True Faith Choirs in Tampa, and his newly-completed compilation of Yiddish and Israeli songs, Yiddish Kayt. Moshe's website is under construction, but you can e-mail him to purchase his CDs or speak to him of concert bookings.

Elaine SilverMy friend & colleague, singer-songwriter Elaine Silver, has created some of the most beautiful and inspirational songs and recordings I've ever heard. Elaine's newest song, Blissfully Abundant, was commissioned as a theme song by the Blissful Abundance Conference this past spring in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The recording features Elaine's exquisite voice accompanied by renowned violinist Jay Ungar (composer of the "Ashokan Farewell" theme to the Civil War series on PBS), produced in the studios of John Guth in New York. Listen here. We have had the privilege of working with Elaine in our studios as well. She has many exceptional recordings and concertizes nationally. If you have the chance to see her live, don't miss it. Visit her site here.

Self-Healing Made EasyNo Such Thing as Incurable: Self-Healing Made Easy is the newly-released work of my friend and collaborator over the years, Annemarie St. Michael, with whom I have co-written many songs and creative projects. (Check out our song, one of my favorites, Holiday Circle of Love, which can be heard in full here). Annemarie's powerful program is designed to heal the body, mind, and spirit. Visit her site here.

All Natural MeCheck out All Natural Me, where I am now a sponsored artist and you can purchase my CDs, buy eco products, receive Karma Kards, free downloads & other stuff. Visit the site  here.

CD Recycling CenterSpeaking of CDs ... Billions are manufactured annually, with millions discarded into landfills and incinerators. There is now a way to benefit the environment by recycling these unwanted discs. The CD Recyclng Center offers the means for individuals, small & large companies/organizations, schools & libraries, and local/regional businesses to participate. They will recycle every component of the CD/DVD, including the disc, case, and paper, and will accept shredded discs as well. Learn more here.

StephensI am always ready to sing the praises of my alma mater, Stephens College of Columbia, Missouri. May I kvell a bit on the college's behalf? Stephens was the first institution of higher learning west of the Mississippi River in 1833, and is one of America's oldest and most esteemed women's colleges. More than three-quarters of the students at Stephens are involved in study in the performing arts. Stephens' theatre & musical theatre, dance, music, fashion/fashion design/fashion communication, creative writing, television/radio/film/journalism, and equestrian science programs among others are renowned nationally, and its Law Program with BA from Stephens and JD from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law is outstanding. Other programs in Biology/Pre-Med, Animal Science, and Accounting partner with UMC-Columbia, Washington University in St. Louis, and Chatham College in Pittsburgh for Masters and Doctorate study following completion of BA or BS degrees from Stephens. Through these partnering programs, Stephens students are able to earn early admission to graduate study. Stephens Digital Filmmaking Degree provides one of the most intensive studies in this field in the nation and is the only non New York or LA-based department of its kind. In partnership with Hollywood professionals, this program is also the Midwest's only Apple-Authorized Training Center, offering professional certification in the digital film arts. Stephens is  ranked No.  8 in the nation by The Princeton Review for "Best College Theatre." Since 1899, Stephens has offered women an unparalleled experience. Today's performing arts program integrates study of film, theatre, dance, music, television and radio. Students who graduate are equipped to immediately assume notable positions in the entertainment industry as actresses and actors, screen writers and playwrights, filmmakers, digital film editors, set designers (film and theatre), and other related professional roles. Even if you give me all day, I won't run out of exemplary comments about my alma mater, its programs, faculty and staff, and the amazing confidence, skill, and knowledge one receives from Stephens. Check out the site here.

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Thank You!Joy with Sam
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With love always, Joy