Joy Katzen-Guthrie's Net Gazette

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

October 2013
Upcoming Appearances 2013-2014
An Autumn Welcome
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,
Continuing Education Concerts, Classes & 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 
Temple Beth Shalom of Ocala
Joy in Concert: Shirat HaNefesh: The Jewish Spirit in Song
Sunday, October 13, 2013, 3:30 PM
Call Joseph, 352-208-3031 - Download flyer/details here

Eckerd College Osher LIfelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Let's Put On a Show, Pt 2: Great Hollywood Show-Within-A-Show Musical Moments! Oct 8 and 9 classes start in St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor. View schedule here 

Eckerd College Osher LIfelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Strike Up the Piano: A Tribute to George & Ira (concert)
October 24th in Clearwater and St. Petersburg.
View schedule here   

Eckerd College Road Scholar Programs
Light As Air: Marge & Gower Champion
Oct 21-23 in St. Petersburg. Details here 

Eckerd College Osher LIfelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
All You Need is Love ... Looking Back at the Beatles
November 5-Dec 4 in St. Petersburg and Palm Harbor.
View schedule here  

Congregation Beth Am of Tampa

Continuing Education Series: Joy and Vikki Silverman

Congregation Beth Am of Tampa

Continuing Education Series:
November 25, 7:00 PM at Cong. Beth Am

Eckerd College Osher LIfelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
No Show Like a Merman Show: Ethel Merman
Biography Course, Nov 21/22 in Palm Harbor, Largo,
& St. Petersburg. View schedule here  
Featuring Joy with Elaine Silver and Bonnie Whitehurst
Unity of Palm Harbor, Sat., November 23, 7:30 PM
Suggested donation $12 Advance/$15 at door
Details here

Regency Oaks of Clearwater
A Celebration of Hanukkah in Song
Tuesday, December 3, 7 PM, no charge, Details here 

Zahav of Congregation Beth Am of Tampa

The Jews of Turkey: A 2400-Year History
An Audiovisual Presentation by Joy
Tues., December 10 @Noon, program includes lunch
For details, contact Maxine Grouse at Cong. Beth Am


Eckerd College Osher LIfelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Legendary Women of Biographical Broadway: Annie Oakley, Gypsy Rose Lee, Fannie Brice, and Eva Peron
January and February in Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg.
View schedule here   
Eckerd College Osher LIfelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Genius of Comedy: Jonathan Winters (Biography class)
January 9/10 in Palm Harbor, Largo, and St. Petersburg.
View schedule here   

Eckerd College Road Scholar Programs
Sid Caesar & Imogene Coca: Master Humorists
January 13-15 in St. Petersburg. Details here  

Congregation Beth Am of Tampa

Continuing Education Series:
November 25, 7:00 PM at Cong. Beth Am

Congregation Beth Am of Tampa

Continuing Education Series
Thursday, January 6, 7 PM, Cong. Beth Am
Eleventh Annual Concert - TENTATIVE January 29, 2014 
Congregation B'nai Israel, St. Petersburg  *  Details to follow


AND MUCH MUCH MORE, including listings below
See full list with full class details here
  • Light As Air: Marge & Gower Champion (Feb 2014)
  • Great Television Variety Show Moments (March 2014) 
  • Dayenu! Wonders & Miracles of Passover in Song (April)
     AND MORE! 
View Full Details of all appearances here.
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Much love to you!   ~Joy

Autumn 2013: Beauty, Friendship, Gratitude 

I have the pleasure of welcoming a number of new subscribers to this newsletter. I so appreciate your presence in my life and your support of my work. If you are inspired to share this newsletter with others, I welcome you to forward it. It is easy to subscribe on my web site, as well as to unsubscribe with one click if you desire to at any time.

At this moment I am preparing to return
to my beloved alma mater, Stephens College, for meetings of the Alumnae Association Board, on which I am currently serving as Vice-President of Communications. Stephens is always in my heart and I love being on the campus as well as seeing Columbia, Missouri and stopping by Memphis along the way.

On Sunday, October 13th at 3:30 PM, I have the pleasure of returning to Congregation Beth Shalom of Ocala to bring centuries of Jewish music and history to life through stories and songs of Israel and the Jewish Diaspora, including folk and liturgical Hebrew, Chassidic, Yiddish, and popular Jewish songs in a concert entitled Shirat HaNefesh: The Jewish Spirit in Song. The concert is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 13 and under. For details, call Joseph at 352-208-3031. Download a flyer here.

As part of Congregation Beth Am of Tampa's Continuing Education Series on
Thursdays, November 7, 14, and 21 from 7-9 PM, Vikki Silverman and I will lead Modern Shabbat Nusach: New Jewish Liturgical Music, sharing modern melodic settings of Shabbat liturgical texts, comparing musical settings from Ashkenazic Reform to Sephardic, Chasidic, folk, pop, Israeli, and classical settings of the late 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, with an examination of the Hebrew prayer text and background of the composers. You'll hear newer melodies as well as familiar ones and we'll lead you in song. There is no charge, and all are welcome. I'll also bring you Hanukkah Circle of Songs: A Concert/Discussion of the Stories and Songs of Hanukkah on Monday, November 25, 2013, 7:00-8:30 PM, at the congregation, and it to is open to all at no charge. Congregation Beth Am recently unveiled its new and evolving web site at

Saturday, November 23rd at 7:30 PM at Unity of Palm Harbor will see the debut of The Divine Divas
: an inspirational singer/songwriter round robin concert with Elaine Silver, Bonnie Whitehurst and myself. We have performed many times together over the decades and are genuinely excited to be bringing a new series of concerts to you. Details are on my site here.
Autumn/Winter courses for Eckerd OLLI programs and Eckerd Road Scholar proceed in October as well, including Let's Put On A Show Pt. 2: Great Show-Within-A-Show Hollywood Musicals!, Marge & Gower Champion, Strike Up The PIano: A Tribute to George & Ira (concert), All You Need is Love: Looking Back at the Beatles, and much more continuing into 2014. View my full calendar of concerts, classes, and appearances here

The Deposit Deadline (October 23rd) is nearing for my March 23-April 2, 2014 Cultural/Educational/Humanitarian Jewish Heritage TOUR TO CUBA, with Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Jaimanitas, Remedios, Cojimar, & Pinar Del Rio Province.
This 11-day visit to Cuba, including the 5-star Hotel Nacional of Havana and the 4-star Jagua Hotel of Cienfuegos, features a strikingly rich, varied itinerary of history, art, music, architecture, and culture 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. Final balance is due January 23rd. See and download full itinerary/details:

Many of you know that I craft my tours with much love and attention to extensive opportunities to meet the people and see the countryside, artifacts, history and art. My travelers comment that my tours give them a richer and deeper opportunity to experience the land, people, and Jewish culture. We will provide humanitarian goods on this tour as well. Please view and download the full itinerary and details.

REGISTRATION/$500 DEPOSIT DEADLINE is October 23rd. Final payment is due on January 23, 2014. I am grateful for your sharing this tour with others you know who would be interested.

As always, I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming class, concert, service, and to travel with you and hear from you. Wishing your year ahead be healthful, loving, fulfilling, and joyous.
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 *