Joy Katzen-Guthrie's Net Gazette
All the news about Joy Katzen-Guthrie's concerts, recordings, & tours that's fit to print  
July 2012 Issue
Upcoming Appearances Spring/Summer 2012
SpiritVoice Greeting Card/CDs
Classes, Concerts, Programs,
Congregational Services
 Mark Your Calendars! 
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View FULL DETAILS of all of the appearances below 
as well as additional directions and links here.

Unity of Palm Harbor

Sunday Mornings, 9:15 & 11 AM services
Wednesday meditation services, 6:45 - 7:30 PM
Joy in concert with Jewish Broadway to Hollywood
Sunday, September 9, 2012, concert at 11:45 AM
PLEASE NOTE: If you are NOT a member of Temple Israel Sisterhood and would like to attend this concert, please e-mail
Joy at for details.
CONGREGATION CHILDREN OF ISRAEL OF August, GA presents Joy in concert: Heart & History of Jewish Music
Audio/Visual Program: Silk Road to Shanghai: Jews of China
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 8 PM  (tentative time)
Sunday, November 4, 2012 Brunch program
Call 706-736-3140 for information, Details to follow
emPower Music & Arts Posi Music Awards Conference
Orlando, January 18-21, 2013, Details to follow
Tenth Annual Concert * Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 7 PM
Congregation Schaarai Zedek, Tampa * Details to follow


Eckerd College Osher LIfelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Joy's August 2012-April 2013 Classes & Concerts
and Eckerd College Road Scholar Programs Winter 2013
See full list with full class details here.  
  • The Things We Did Last Summer Concert 
  • Appreciating The Art of Caricature
  • Gene Kelly: Light as Air
  • Memphis, Tennessee: Rich Legacy of Music, Culture, History
  • Special Concert: Healing the Wound of 9/11 Through Music
  • A Sensational Centennial Sing-Along 
  • Musica Bella! A Celebration of Italian American Crooners
  • Concert: O Say Can You Sing! Songs of America
  • American Popular Music: A Historical Survey 1620-1950
  • A Hanukkah Concert of History & Song
  • Concert: Seize The Day, Pt. 2: More Holidays You Never Knew
  • Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks/Master Humorists
  • Light As Air: Marge & Gower Champion
  • Pioneering African-American Musical Performers
  • Concert: Academy Award-Winning Songs
  • Political Satire ... Mark Twain to Jon Stewart
  • Women Composer/Lyricists of Broadway & Film
  • Concert: Songs of Our SIsters: Popular Women Songwriters
  • Let's Put On A Show! Great Show-Within-A-Show Musicals
  • Rapturously Resplendent Operetta & Opera Buffa
View Full Details of all appearances here.
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This beautiful CD includes traditional melodies
of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur as well as an exquisite greeting for friends and loved ones.
You may reserve a copy by emailing Joy at She will notify you immediately when this card is complete.

Edna Ferber

PROFOUND BLESSINGS AND GRATITUDE: This beautiful Inspirational Greeting Card/CD is  

a wonderful gift for yourself first and then to everyone you know. With powerful inspirational songs of blessing, thanksgiving, and love, as well as  gratitude affirmations for listening and meditation, for physical and emotional health, well-being, and upliftment. Created for individuals of all faiths, the CD includes Joy's moving renderings of traditional hymns and original music. The card includes inspirational poetry, affirmations, lyrics and moving history of the songs and their writers.
I Bless My Body 



This beautiful inspirational Healing Card/CD contains powerful, positive techniques for health and well-being. The card includes the miraculous healing story of Myrtle Fillmore (co-founder of the Unity movement) with suggested  listening, affirming, and meditation techniques with Joy's powerful song, "My Body is the Temple of God." The CD includes a moving reading of Myrtle Fillmore's story, the extended song and Guided Healing Meditation.We all desire to feel more healthy and to increase our appreciation to our bodies. Share this loving and empowering gift of increased health today.


"Joy has created something really wonderful in "I Bless My Body" with "My Body Is The Temple of God." It is healing beyond anything you might expect. And "Profound Blessings and Gratitude" contains expressions of Gratitude that increase your prosperity, improve your health, harmonize your relationships and deepen your Spirituality. These easily mailed and handsomely designed greeting cards include beautiful new songs, narratives, and meditations. A lovely gift to for yourself and all you know." ~ Rev. Lauren McLaughlin, Unity Now, Clearwater, FL


Joy's beautiful SpiritVoice Greeting Cards retail for $14.99 each + shipping, and are available directly from Joy for $9.99 each + shipping. 7% sales tax is charged for in-state Florida purchases. Personal deliveries at no charge will be made for local purchases when possible. Please email

Visit Joy's Online Store here, or CD Baby here to read more and to hear audio samples.

A Busy and Fruitful Summer 
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This year and this summer have offered such delightful opportunities to teach wonderful Eckerd OLLI courses, to make new friendships, give concerts and provide music for congregational services and special events, and to travel. I'm thrilled to return to Memphis to present a concert for the Sisterhood of Temple Israel on Sunday, September 9th. Then November 3-4, I'm excited to return to Augusta, GA to present a concert and lecture on the Jewish communities of China for Congregation Children of Israel

REGISTRATION/DEPOSIT DEADLINE (August 10) is approaching for my breathtaking 2-week Shomer Shabbat Jewish Heritage Discovery of Turkey from October 15-28, 2012 that visits Istanbul, Bursa, Izmir, Ephesus, Sardis, Kaymakli and Cappadocia. If you have been considering this tour, please register immediately to guarantee your hotel and flight. It will be an extraordinary and stunning experience. And if you know others who may be interested in this tour, I would be grateful if you would share it with them. 

I am also thrilled to announce my 5-day Cultural Heritage Tour of Memphis this November 8-13, 2012, in conjunction with Eckerd OLLI (Osher LIfelong Learning Institute). This tour is open to all and includes an amazing schedule of visits to Beale Street and Cotton Row, B.B. King's Blues Club, Graceland, Sun Records, the Stax Records Museum, the Rock 'n' Soul Museum, the Gibson Guitar Factory, W.C. Handy House, Danny Thomas Pavilion at St. Jude, Pink Palace Museum and much more. We'll also have a personalized historic home visit featuring my brother Alan's One & Only BBQ catering a BBQ feast and a live house concert of which I'll be a part.

Additionally, I am finalizing arrangements for a Jewish Heritage Discovery of Cuba that I will co-lead with my dear friend and colleague Rabbi Barbara Aiello of Sarasota/Italy, tentatively January 10-17, 2013. More details will follow. I also will have other exciting developments to announce very shortly. 

I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming class or concert, to travel with you, and to hear from you. Wishing your remaining summer days all be beautiful ones. 

Warmly, Joy

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ACT NOW to join my Breathtaking
Shomer Shabbat
Jewish Heritage
Discovery of Turkey ✡ Oct. 15 - 28, 2012

13 days/12 nights, Istanbul, Izmir, Ephesus, Sardis, Kaymakli, Cappadocia  ✡  October 15-28, 2012  ✡  $3199
Reserve IMMEDIATELY by August 10, 2012

credt cardWon't you join me on this stunning Shomer Shabbat Heritage Tour of Istanbul, Izmir, Ephesus, Sardis, Bursa, Cappadocia, and more? Please register and provide your deposit today to reserve your place for this small group tour which will allow a one-of-a-kind personalized experience of Turkey. Registration deadline is August 10. Turkey is the world's only nation to span two continents, literally a bridge between East and West. Geographically, it is the meeting point of Europe and Asia. Breathtaking and lively Istanbul is the second-largest metropolitan area in Europe and among the world's greatest cities. Straddling the Bosphorus between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, it is one of the world's most beautiful and busy waterways, founded in the 7th Century BCE as Byzantium, one of the most significant cities in history.

Culturally, Turkey has evolved through a succession of many of the world's greatest civilizations and is a strong blend of cultures. Among many of the oldest surviving Greek, Roman, Jewish, Christian, and Ottoman Empire artifacts, we'll visit some of history's most opulent Ottoman-era synagogues and oldest Jewish settlements. Our sightseeing includes ruins of the ancient Turkish city of Thyatira - and Sardis, one of the Persian Empire's most important cities - with its Temple of Artemis, Roman Stadium, Roman baths, theatre and one of the world's oldest synagogues, Sardis Synagogue, dating from the 3rd century BCE when King Antiochus III encouraged Jews from Babylonia and other nations to move here. Excavations of this site have unearthed arguably the most impressive synagogue from antiquity in the Western Diaspora, with Greek and Hebrew inscriptions as well as mosaic floors
Our tour includes Izmir - Turkey's 3rd largest city, with its thriving Jewish community dating from the 2nd century, where we'll walk along its Street of Synagogues. Just this past December 2011, the Jewish Community of Izmir received official recognition as a legal entity by the Turkish State. The Izmir Jewish community is now has full control over its assets and 22 properties, including 18 synagogues and four stores in the city. Click to read more of this historic decision by the Turkish Directorate General for Foundations.

Two days of our tour will be devoted to exploring the captivating one-of-a-kind surreal landscape of Cappadoccia you with its fairy chimney rock formations and richly-frescoed ancient cave churches. Marvel at Kaymakli, the underground city extending eight floors below the surface of the earth.

You will be astounded by the exotic treasures of Turkey and its rich, warm Jewish history.
 Visit my In-depth Tour Itinerary and Details, which you may download as well.
Vicuna This 13 day/12 night virtually all-inclusive luxury land tour includes beautiful 4-star luxury boutique hotels, guides, transportation, activities, tour specialists and myself as Artist/Scholar-in-Residence for $3199. RESERVE AND MAKE PAYMENT IMMEDIATELY, as the registration deadline is August 10th and this is a small group tour. Contact Gayle Lawrence at Journeys of Discovery Travel, 727-785-5563 or
Iguazu Falls
Join Eckerd College OLLI & Joy Katzen-Guthrie on an EXCITING MEMPHIS CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR
November 5-8, 2012 

You all know how much I love my home town, Memphis, Tennessee. Please join me on this vibrant one-of-a-kind magical & musical 5-day experience of the rich history, heritage, & hospitality of Memphis, with foot-tapping rhythms and mouth-watering tastes. From the city's beginnings as a raucous, rowdy river port to its commercial innovation as center of America's cotton industry & hub of America's first railroad line connecting North and South over the mighty Mississippi, its tragic 19th century yellow fever epidemics to development as a world-renowned center of medical research, care, technology & cure, Memphis is home to enormously influential expression, culture, and achievement. 

For five wonderful days, experience the city's distinctive meld of Southern hospitality, folklore, cotton, blues, soul, rock'n'roll, art, BBQ, and river culture. Along with specialized guides, I'll direct you on the riverfront for a personalized experience of Mississippi river history. Through Beale Street, Cotton Row, the Cotton Museum in the Old Cotton Exchange, on the Mississippi river dock and bluff, the WC Handy home, BB King's Restaurant & Blues Club, Graceland Platinum Tour, Peabody Hotel, Sun Records, Stax Records Museum, Rock 'n' Soul Museum, Gibson Guitar Factory, Victorian Village Historic District, Danny Thomas Pavilion at St. Jude, National Ornamental River Museum and Indian mounds and memorial at Chickasaw Heritage Park, Church of the River, historic Wilks Brooks home, discussion with members of the Tennessee Historical Society, live house concert, BBQ Feast from One & Only BBQ, Pink Palace Museum, and National Civil Rights Museum* (*NOTE: as available, since the National Civil Rights museum may be under renovation then), the colorful history and creative inspiration of the city will come alive.

Includes 5 nights at the 4-star Crowne Plaza Downtown Memphis Hotel. For locals who desire to join the tour and do not need lodging, ask about day tours. I'm so thrilled to be part of this delightful opportunity to share Memphis.


$1141 per person, double occupancy * Single Supplement $280

Based on minimum group of 20
Reservations requested by September 3rd to guarantee hotel room.

Reservations will be taken up to tour start based on hotel availability.

Local residents may join day tours only without hotel stay - ask for daily pricing.


For information and to register, contact: 
Jennifer Kruchten, President & CEO, Travelennium, Ensemble Travel Group
901.762.7048 * 800.844.4924, Ext. 348 *  FAX: 901.766.0126  *