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August 2013
Upcoming Appearances 2013-2014
SpiritVoice Greeting Card/CDs
CUBA HERITAGE TOUR March 23-April 2, 2014
Classes, Concerts, Programs,
Congregational Services
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FULL DETAILS of all of the appearances below 
as well as additional directions and links are here.

Congregation Beth Am (reform) of Tampa
High Holiday Services, Kabbalat Shabbat services, festivals
Continuing Education Concerts, Classes and Special Events
View schedule on my calendar and at Beth Am Tampa   


Unity of Palm Harbor 

Sunday Mornings, 9:15 & 11 AM services (year-round)
Wednesday meditation services, 6:45 - 7:30 PM (Oct-May)
View schedule on my calendar and at Unity Palm Harbor 
Congregation Beth Am (reform) of Tampa
Continuing Education Series: Joy and Vikki Silverman
Congregation Beth Am (reform) of Tampa
Continuing Education Series with Joy
Eleventh Annual Concert - Date TBA soon  *  Be watching! 
Congregation B'nai Israel, St. Petersburg  *  Details to follow


Eckerd College Osher LIfelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Joy's October-December 2013 Classes & Concerts
and Eckerd College Road Scholar Programs
2013-2014. See full list with full class details here
  • Light as Air: Marge & Gower Champion
  • Let's Put on a Show, Pt. 2 - Show-Within-A-Show Musicals
  • Strike Up the Piano! A Tribute to George & Ira
  • All You Need is Love: A Beatles Retrospective
  • No Show Like a Merman Show: Unforgettable Ethel Merman
  • Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca: Master Humorists
     AND MORE! 
View Full Details of all appearances here.
∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ 

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 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.

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Much Love Always,
And L'Shanah Tovah Tikateivu.

May the year ahead bring all the love, happiness, and goodness you desire.


On the Cusp of A Bright & Beautiful New Year 

One year ago, I began serving Congregation Beth Am, north Tampa's reform congregation, as Cantorial Leader. What a joyous year it has been for me, being warmly welcomed as part of the Beth Am family. Now, two weeks from Erev Rosh HaShanah, I prepare to sing for a second high holiday season with this wonderful congregation.

Congregation Beth Am welcomes guests to all high holiday services. If you attend as a guest, a donation is requested, but you may give as you are able. Guest tickets are available by calling Victoria at the temple office at 813-968-8511 or by emailing The temple offers child care services, and carpools are available for those who need a ride. The full schedule of this year's high holiday services at Cong. Beth Am is here.

THIS MONDAY, August 26th at 7:30 PM, I will present songs and stories of the customs, prayers, and musical modes of the high holidays in a concert/discussion entitled Sacred Renewal and Discovery: Song, Prayer and Traditions of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. There is no charge and all are welcome. On Selichot, Saturday, August 31st, Rabbi Rosenberg and I will set the mood for high holidays with a short 8 PM service followed by dessert and program of music/discussion focusing on the Ashamnu prayer-musically, historically, and liturgically. This prayer of repentance is traditionally sung with an uncharacteristically festive and optimistic melody for prayer modes of Yom Kippur. Its rich history and philosophy give much to contemplate during this season. Come hear us discuss the symbolism and meaning behind the words and music at our Selichot program, which will be followed by question-and-answer.

In addition to a number of classes and concerts I am presenting at Congregation Beth Am in the coming months, I remain active as an instructor for Eckerd OLLI programs and Eckerd Road Scholar courses in Pinellas County. View my full calendar of concerts, classes, and appearances at 

In October 2012, I had the joy of leading my first Jewish Heritage Tour to Turkey. What a deeply rich and beautiful experience of Jewish and Turkish heritage for which I am so grateful. Though I have not yet scheduled a return tour, if you wish to visit Turkey, please let me know and I will be glad to refer you to sources who can help you create an exquisite tour. I continue to do the same regarding other tours as well and am always glad to share excellent tour operators with you.

For THIS March 23rd through April 2nd, 2014, I have announced a one-of-a-kind Cultural, Educational, and Humanitarian Jewish Heritage Tour to Cuba that will visit Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Jaimanitas, Remedios, Cojimar, and the astonishingly beautiful Pinar Del Rio Province. This 11-day visit to Cuba, with stays at the 5-star Hotel Nacional of Havana and the 4-star Jagua Hotel of Cienfuegos, includes a rich and varied itinerary of historic, artistic, architectural, musical, and cultural experiences in addition to Shabbat in Havana and interaction with the Jewish congregations of Havana and Santa Clara, historic Jewish areas of Havana and Holocaust memorials. View the full itinerary and details at Email me or Carol Evans at Ultimate Tours if you have any questions.

As you know, my tours are crafted with much love and attention to extensive opportunities to meet the people and see the countryside, artifacts, history and art. My travelers often comment that my tours give them a richer and deeper opportunity to experience the land and the people as well as the Jewish history. As we visit the Jewish communities of Cuba, we will provide humanitarian goods as well. Please view the full itinerary and details.

REGISTRATION/$500 DEPOSIT DEADLINE is October 23rd. Please register immediately to guarantee your place. Final payment is due on January 23, 2014. If you know others who may be interested in this tour, I would be grateful for your sharing it with them.

As always, I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming service, class or concert, to travel with you, and to hear from you. Wishing your remaining summer days all be beautiful ones and your year ahead be filled with love, joy, and wonderful memories.

Warmly, Joy ∑

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Extraordinary Cultural & Humanitarian
Jewish Heritage Tour of CUBA ✡
March 23-April 2, 2014

11 days/10 nights:  Havana * Jaimanitas * Cienfuegos * Trinidad * Santa Clara * Remedios * Pinar Del Rio * Cojimar * Reserve IMMEDIATELY! $4095 Virtually All Inclusive * View Itinerary

I invite you to join me in this enriching and one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore Cuba's art, architecture, heritage and Jewish communities of Havana and Santa Clara. Hotels, US/Cuba airfare, all domestic transportation within Cuba, most meals, and a rich schedule of extraordinary activities are included.

We leave and return from the Tampa Airport (TPA), a one-hour-twenty-minute direct flight. We will take humanitarian goods to support and benefit the Cuban Jewish congregations and donate these goods while there. Buildings, streets, and monuments constructed during Cuba's 500-year history provide a glimpse into the country's early development, its colonial influences, political and religious development since Columbus' arrival, and 400 years of Spanish rule along with the centuries of rich and varied Jewish history of the island. We'll view the architecture, visit museums, experience a range of music, walk historic Jewish districts, join two of Havana's active Jewish communities for Shabbat and Shabbat meals, and visit the Holocaust Memorials of Havana and Santa Clara. We'll discover Ernest Hemingway's home and haunts, visit the open-air workshop-gallery of the Caribbean Picasso, Josť Rodrigues Fuster and his eye-popping town of Jaimanitas which itself is defined as a work of public art.

We'll visit spectacular Pinar Del Rio Province and its world-renowned Las Terrazas (environmental terraces) project, an official UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. We'll travel to some of the most breathtaking and history-laden regions of the island, including World Heritage Sites of Cienfuegos, Valle de los Ingenios, Trinidad, Santa Clara, and Remedios. And we'll stay at the renowned 5-star Hotel Nacional, frequented by the famous and the notorious, diplomats and celebrities through its long history, and the restored Modernist 4-star Jagua Hotel of Cienfuegos, both of which are located on the breathtaking Malecon seaside boulevards. Walk minutes to the central historic districts and waterside from both hotels.

You will love the warmth of the Jewish communities of Cuba and the rich music, art, and landscape-which we will experience abundantly on this tour.
View my In-depth Tour Itinerary and Details as well as a downloadable flyer/itinerary and reservation form.
This 11 day/10 night virtually all-inclusive luxury LAND PLUS AIR tour includes beautiful 5-star and 4-star hotels, visa & licenses, international flight & security fees from Tampa, guides, transfers per itinerary, transportation, activities, entrances, most meals, humanitarian gift to Cuba's Jewish congregations, Artist/Scholar-in-Residence for $4095. RESERVE/PLACE DEPOSIT IMMEDIATELY, as the Deposit Deadline is October 23, 2013 and Final Payment Deadline is January 23, 2014. Contact Carol Evans with questions at 727-826-0001 *