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

Winter 2008 Issue
Melodies That Live Forever
Concert Highlights
2008 Calendar
Thank you!
China Spring '08 & More
Joy's Neat News
Melodies That
Live Forever

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Give Joy's gift of music to yourself and your loved ones. From her original songs to America's popular standards to favorite Jewish melodies - hear a sampling online.

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Cantorial Concert Ocala
Baltimore in March & June

Boynton & Beyond in June
Port St. Lucie in August
and lots more ...  Click to see
On Monday, June 23rd, I return to South Florida with a lecture/concert  for Grand Edventures at Temple Torah in Boynton Beach on Broadway Musicals of the 50s. I am seeking appearances on the East Coast or Southwest Florida on the weekend before or early that week. Please email or call me (800-354-1302) for bookings. See programs & promotional kit.

In March and June 2008 I return to Baltimore, first for a full day of classes and concert for the on Greater Baltimore JCCThursday, March 13th, then for the JCC's June 2008 Learn Inn series at Westminster on Monday, June 16th.

Don't miss The Annual Cantorial Concert of Temple Beth Shalom of Ocala on Sunday, March 9th, 4 pm with Israel@60: Melodies of Milk & Honey at the Appleton Museum, featuring Rabbi/Cantor Samuel Dov Berman with Steve Berman, Dale Berman, Cantor Deborah Jacobson, Cantor Harold Orbach, Chana Olmstead and myself.

On August 16th, I will appear in concert for Temple Beth El Israel of Port St. Lucie, FL.

View details of these and much more online
Public Appearances

View these appearances & many more in detail here
Thurs., March 6, 6:30 pm: Temple Beth El, St. Petersburg's Last Night of Ballyhoo Dinner & Play, St. Petersburg Little Theatre, Call (727) 347-6136 for details

March 9, 2008, 4 pm:
Temple Beth Shalom of Ocala Annual Cantorial Concert, Israel @ 60: Melodies of Milk & Honey, Appleton Museum of Art

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-Fall '08: Eckerd Elderhostel: Comedy in Music, Musicals of the 40s & 50s, MGM Musicals, The Sounds of Music, Groundbreaking American Musicals, In The Company of Women, Broadway's Legendary Musical Theatre Composers, & more

March 25-April 16: MAGNIFICENT TREASURES OF CHINA TOUR: A DISCOVERY OF JEWISH CHINA visiting Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Suzhou, East-Central China's Yangtze River Basin

Sun., May 4: Unity of Ocala: Joy presents Celebration of the Soul: Music, Miracles, & Sacred Journeys Through Jewish Eyes @12:30 p.m. following the morning service, for which Joy will provide music

Thurs., May 8, Tues., May 13: Eckerd Osher Insitute: The Heart & Soul - and Melody & Lyric of The Incomparable Frank Loesser

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

June 18-21: South Florida Mini Tour Available for East Coast or SW Fla. appearances. Call me! 800-354-1302

Mon., June 23, 2:15-4 pm: Grand Edventures in Boynton Beach: Broadway Musicals of the 50s

Sat., Aug 16, 8 pm: Temple Beth El Israel of Port St. Lucie, FL: A Celebration of Jewish Music

High Holidays 2008/5769: Sept 29-Oct 9, Temple Shir Shalom, Gainesville, FL
Oct 13-29: Eckerd Osher Institute: Home Sweet Home: America's Musical Legacy - An American History Lesson through America's rich legacy of music

View these appearances & many more in detail here
Thank you!
I am so glad you have visited my site and shared my newsletter and my music. Thank you for your emails and comments, for coming out to see my shows and concerts, for letting others know of my music & recordings, and for acknowledging the difference that my work makes in your life. Your appreciation fuels my desire to keep doing what I do.

I hope to see you soon at an upcoming concert, class, lecture, or other opportunity along the way.
As always, I am deeply grateful for your love and support.

With love,
Soon to Be Spring...
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Can you believe that the first two months of 2008 have already passed us in a flurry? For me it has been an intense schedule of classes, concerts, lectures, and travels that show no sign of letting up - but the spring and summer months will also allow time to work on several new recording projects, including the planned completion of a new double-CD of original music, a new release of my lectures regarding the Jews of China and Chinese subjects of related interested, and sheet music compilations of my original songs. Additionally, I am in early preparation of the third in my series of Favorite Melody CDs as well as a new CD of Hebrew music.

It is not too late (though it is getting close!) to join my coming tour of China that begins March 25th, with an all-new ten-day extension tour beginning April 7th. The tours are described below, and there is room for you if you wish to join our fabulous group (currently numbering thirteen).

I hope you enjoy a healthy, happy, and beautiful season.

Warmly, Joy

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Spring 2008 China Jewish Heritage Tour & More

Great Wall '01 GroupCome walk with me along ancient stone streets, peer out across miles of hills along which snake the glorious Great Wall, re-live centuries of history, experience colorful folk customs and crafts, exquisite art, and beautiful smiling faces? Won't you join me in less than one month as I depart on my March/April 2008 Discovery of Jewish China Tour sponsored by Temple Beth El of St. Petersburg, Florida? It is not too late! Thirteen from Florida, New York, Detroit, Boston, and Toronto are thrilled to be traveling together for two weeks, with an additional four of us remaining for an incredible all-new ten-day extension tour through towns & villages of the Yangtze River Basin from Shanghai to Nanjing.

This tour is open and we are still accepting travelers as space is available. Please contact me immediately for an intinerary and information, 727-785-4568, 800-354-1302, as we will expedite your booking and visa. Our 14-day main tour visits Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and Suzhou, with optional ten-day extension to Wuxi, Zhenjiang, Yangzhou, Nanjing, Maoshan, Suzhou and Yixing. The 2-week main tour is $3195 for land only or $3895 for land & international flight virtually complete, and our extension is from an amazing $1055 for the ten-day land tour complete. We will also personalize the itinerary for those who desire to travel with us for a portion of this time. Read More

Kehillat BeijingHave you considered joining the Beijing, Shanghai, or Hong Kong Jewish community for Passover? Join my China main tour and extension or part of each, then remain in China for Passover with the Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, or Hong Kong Jewish communities. Your desired travel dates and locations will be scheduled in conjunction with the upcoming spring tour. E-mail me for information and tour itineraries.

Baltimore JCCI will speak on Silk Road to Shanghai: A Millennium of Jewish Life in China, along with a class on Jewish Writers of America's Musical Stage & Film as well as a concert for the Baltimore Jewish Community Center (Owings Mills location), on Thursday, March 13, 2008. Call 310-356-5200 for details.

St. Petersburg TimesIf you missed the beautiful St. Petersburg Times article by Waveney Ann Moore on the Jews of China, you may read it online here.

I am also indebted to the Jewish Press of Pinellas County for their beautiful feature of our tour. Click to view that story.

Li WeddingLast month, a momentous celebration took place Jerusalem's Great Synagogue on Thursday, January 24, 2008, as a descendant of the Jewish community of Kaifeng, Shoshana Rebecca Li, was married to Ami Emmanuel. Li made aliyah to Israel two years ago, and her wedding marks the first occasion in which an individual of ancient Chinese Jewish ancestry has been wed in Israel. Read more about it here.

MushkieMushkie Freundlich, daughter of Rabbi Shimon and Dini Freundlich of Chabad Beijing, recently celebrated her Bat Mitzvah in January. She created a website as part of her Bat Mitzvah project ... Visit Mushkie's beautiful site, and participate & pass it along to friends and family.

My friend Ann Samson leads an exciting Jewish Cultural History Tour to India this November 1-20, 2008, with a discovery of India's rich culture as well as its notable Jewish history. Download a detailed itinerary of her  tour here.

Covenant and Mandate of HeavenAuthor Tiberiu (Tibi) Weisz has let me know about her newly-released book, The Covenant and the Mandate of Heaven: An In-Depth Comparative Cultural Study of Judaism and China, now available at Weisz suggests that, if China is yin, there must be an opposing culture that matches her in endurance, sustainability and depth. Is Judaism the yang of China's yin? Weisz explores cultural bonds between Judaism and China, the relationship of Israel and China past present and future, and other topics both Chinese and Jewish. She compares ancient and contemporary Chinese sources with corresponding Western literature to show that these two cultures balance one another in a cultural relationship of yin and yang ... one as a religion that deeply influenced Western cultures and the other in an opposing environment secluded, isolated, and little understood by outsiders. The book also presents China and Judaism through the eyes of the people who have faithfully followed their tenets since antiquity. Readers will experience these two cultures as two vibrant cultures tied by invisible bonds to survive and flourish to present day.

Other outstanding resources regarding the Jews of China and related studies that I highly recommend:

The Fugu PlanThe Fugu Plan: The Untold Story of the Japanese & The Jews During WWII, by Marvin Tokayer

Shanghai Refuge: A Memoir of the WWII Jewish Ghetto, by Ernest Heppner

Shanghai GhettoEscape to Shanghai: A Jewish Community in China, by James R. Ross

Shanghai Ghetto(DVD) or Shanghai Ghetto Sugihara(Download or Rental) The Documentary Film

In Search of Sugihara: The Elusive Japanese Dipolomat Who Risked his Life to Rescue 10,000 Jews From the Holocaust, by Hillel Levine

Mandarins, Jews, And Missionaries: Jewish Experience In The Chinese Empire, by Michael Pollak

There are many more excellent resources and I'll share them with you in future issues. In the meantime, visit my Jewish Asia Resources page for a look at much much more.
Joy's Neat News

I love to share discoveries I make on the internet as well as news of friends and colleagues. If you have neat news you would like me to share, please email me to tell me about it!

credt cardThis Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2008 at 3 p.m., don't miss a wonderful concert by my friends Rebecca La Reau (soprano) & Marc Taslit (pianist), who will feature a program of songs from American and British musical theatre repertoire as well as solo piano selections at Eckerd College. There is no admission charge. Marc Taslit is an exceptional acting, singing, and opera trainer, coach, and educator. Check out his site here.

This Monday, March 3, 2008 at 8 p.m., Temple Ahavat Shalom in Palm Harbor, FL presents: An Evening with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, renowned author and leading authority on Judaism and Ethics. Rabbi Telushkin's books have been a wonderful resource in my work, and I'm thrilled to be attending this event in Palm Harbor. Temple Ahavat Shalom is at 1575 Curlew Road. Download a flyer for the event here.

BallyhooThis Thursday, March 6, 2008, Temple Beth El of St. Petersburg presents The Last Night of Ballyhoo... a delightful evening of theatre & an intimate portrait of Southern Jewish community life from the author of Driving Miss Daisy. The evening begins with dinner at 6:30 pm,  followed by the production at 8 pm, all at the St. Petersburg Little Theatre. I'll be providing music during the evening. Download a flyer for the event here, or call for information: 727-347-6136.

credt cardDon't miss The Soul of Gershwin ... The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer, March 4th-9th, in the Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale. My friend & colleague, tenor Robert Marinoff appears in this musical revue, along with an outstanding cast in a production by my friend Joseph Vass that has played to accolades in south Florida. Read more about the production here.

Broadway & BeyondOn Saturday evening, March 8, 2008 at 8 p.m., my friend Joanie Sigal along with Broadway and Beyond presents a special Spring Concert to benefit Clearwater Community volunteers and the platoon they have adopted in Iraq. The program takes place at the Clearwater Academy International Auditorium, corner of Drew & Myrtle. Call 727-461-1975 or 727-442-2099 for tickets or information.

credt cardIsrael @60: Melodies of Milk & Honey is the theme of this year's Fourth Annual Cantorial Concert from Temple Beth Shalom of Ocala on Sunday, March 9, 2008, 4 p.m., at Ocala's Appleton Museum. Rabbi/Cantor Samuel Dov Berman, along with Steve Berman, Dale Berman, Cantor Harold Orbach, Cantor Deborah Jacobson, Chana Olmstead, and I will present an unforgettable concert of the music of Israel, to benefit programs and activities of Temple Beth Shalom. Read more about the concert here and download a flyer here.

credt cardMy friend, actress & voice talent Francine Wolf, stars with Rob Sakoff & Walter Raine in Venue Ensemble Theatre's production of A Bench in the Sun by Ron Clark, March 6-16, 2008, at the Venue Theatre, 9125 US 19, N., Pinellas Park, FL. Funny, moving, and wise, the production is directed by Mary Kay Cyrus. Visit the Venue Actor Studio site for details. And check out Francine's site as well.

StorytellersAnd the Story Continues with my friend, storyteller Emily Harris, along with storytellers Drew Willard, and Mamdouh Elsayed, featuring original music by Tiffany Leigh. These three will share sacred stories of their personal faith traditions on Saturday, March 15th at 7 pm at Holiday United Church of Christ, 4826 Bartelt Road, Holiday. Call (727) 937-1520 for information.

Cantor Kim KomradThis year's Congregation B'nai Israel (St. Petersburg) Annual Concert Series on Sunday, March 30, 2008, 4 p.m., 300 -58th St., N, St. Petersburg, features Cantors Kim Komrad and David B. Sislen in a wide-ranging program of Cantorial, Israeli, Yiddish, and Ladino selections. Among the first generation of women to be invested into the clergy by Judaism's Conservative movement, Cantor Komrad performs widely in the US and worldwide in programs featuring world-renowned cantors. She joins CBI's own David B. Sislen in this concert with Chana Olmstead, accompanist. Download a flyer here or call 727-381-4900 for details.

Ensemble NobileCongreation Rodeph Shalom of Tampa presents Yiddishstock (as in Woodstock!): An afternoon of of Yiddish music, children's concert, and the renowned Israeli Baraque Ensemble Nobile in concert, Sunday, April 6, 2008, 4 p.m. at the synagogue at 2713 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. Presented by the American Israel Cultural Foundation & Israel Cancer Association USA along with Rodeph Shalom, tickets are $15 per person. Call (813) 837-1911 for details.

credt cardTuesday, April 8, 2008 at 8 p.m., WMNF Radio Tampa and the Sunday Simcha presents Golem in Concert with Jewish, Gypsy, and Slavic klezmer, folk, and original songs. Check out their site. Opening for Golem is a mainstay in the Tampa Bay Jewish community, The Mike Eisenstadt Band, led by trumpeter and Sunday Simcha co-host Kevin Frye. Its guaranteed to be a great evening of music at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa.
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Fine Art America
is a site where artists can list paintings and prints for sale and where art lovers can see the work of local artists. My friend, artist Treza Bettencourt, recommends the site and invites artists to sign up for free. There is no requirement to purchase anything. Use Treza's referral code, A9642 to sign up at Fine Art America. See Treza's art here.