Joy Katzen-Guthrie's Net Gazette

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

November 2013
Upcoming Appearances 2013-2014
A November Welcome
CUBA HERITAGE TOUR March 23-April 2, 2014
Classes, Concerts, Programs,
Congregational Services
FULL DETAILS of all of the appearances below 
as well as additional directions and links are here.

Congregation Beth Am (reform) of Tampa
Kabbalat Shabbat services, continuing education, events
View schedule on my calendar and at Beth Am Tampa.

Unity of Palm Harbor
Sunday Mornings, 9:15 & 11 AM Services
Wednesday Enlighten-mint services, 6:30-7:15 PM
View schedule on my calendar and at Unity Palm Harbor 
Eckerd College Osher LIfelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
All You Need is Love ... Looking Back at the Beatles
continuing through Dec 4 in St. Petersburg & Palm Harbor.
View schedule here  

Congregation Beth Am of Tampa

Continuing Education Series: Joy and Vikki Silverman
MODERN SHABBAT NUSACH: NEW JEWISH LITURGICAL MUSIC continuing Nov. 14, 21.  7-9 PM at Cong. Beth Am

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  
Unity of Palm Harbor, Sat., November 23, 7:30 PM
$12 Advance/$15 at door, Details here

More HANUKKAH Concerts & Programs:
Weinberg Village, Tampa, Nov 27, 5 PM
The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay, St. Pete, Dec 2, 2 PM
University Village, Tampa, Dec 2, 6 PM
Menorah Manor, St. Pete, Dec 3, 2:15 PM
Regency Oaks of Clearwater, Dec 3, 7 PM

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/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
Thursday, January 16, 7 PM, Cong. Beth Am
Congregation Beth Am of Tampa

Continuing Education Series
Mondays Jan 27-Feb 17, 7 PM, Cong. Beth Am

Ybor City, Sunday, Jan 26, 3 PM, Italian Club of Ybor City
[featuring notable speakers and musicians, including

11th Annual Concert - Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 7 PM  
Congregation B'nai Israel, St. Petersburg. Details here.  

Eckerd College Osher LIfelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Feb 25-March 19 in Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg.
View schedule here  

Eckerd College Osher LIfelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
A SERVING OF IRVING ... An Irving Berlin Concert Revue
March 6 in Clearwater and St. Petersburg
View schedule here

Congregation Beth Am of Tampa
Continuing Education Series
Monday April 7, 7 PM, Cong. Beth Am


AND MUCH MUCH MORE, including listings below
See full list with full class details here
A beautiful gift at Thanksgiving and Year-Round


With powerful inspirational songs of Thanksgiving for listening, meditation, physical and emotional health, well-being, and inspiration.

The CD within includes Joy's beautiful renderings of traditional hymns and original music. The card's lovely text contains inspirational poetry and affirmations by Joy as well as hymn lyrics, the story of each of the hymns, and a
guided Infinite Love and Gratitude Affirmation-Meditation.

As in all of Joy's recordings, this card/CD has been created for individuals of all faiths as an uplifting message of love, blessing, and gratitude. The hymns are universal and the lyrics speak to all faiths of an appreciation of life. It is a distinctive Thanksgiving greeting card and a memorable way to say you appreciate friends and loved ones, as well as a beautiful gift to yourself.

Available at CD Baby or Amazon. Also available directly from Joy at $9.99 each by e-mailing for details.
View more details online here.
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Much love to you!   ~Joy
Autumn/Winter 2013 ... Season of Gratitude 

Wishing you much joy this Thanksgiving season. I am so grateful for your presence in my life.

This newsletter is my last reminder to send your deposit immediately for my Heritage Tour to Cuba (March 23-April 2, 2014). The DEPOSIT DEADLINE was extended and now is in 10 days: Thursday, November 21st. This one-of-a-kind eleven-day visit to Cuba includes Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santa Clara, Jaimanitas, Remedios, Cojimar, & Pinar Del Rio Province, the 5-star Hotel Nacional of Havana & 4-star Jagua Hotel of Cienfuegos , and a rich itinerary of history, art, music, architecture, and culture, Shabbat in Havana and interaction with the Jewish congregations of Havana and Santa Clara, historic Jewish areas of Havana and Holocaust memorials. Along with local guides and a rich experience of Cuba's history and culture, I'll share the Jewish history of the island with you and we will bring humanitarian goods with us. If you have wanted to see Cuba, this opportunity is extraordinary. If you know others who would like to know of this tour, I'd be grateful if you would share it with them immediately. Reservations/Deposits must be received by November 21st. Call Carol Evans, 727-826-0001 or email See & download full itinerary/details:

Here's a wonderful concert not to miss! The premiere of THE DIVINE DIVAS at Unity of Palm Harbor, 7:30 PM, Sat., November 23rd. A spiritual singer/songwriter in-the-round in which I join my exquisitely gifted colleagues, Bonnie L Whitehurst and Elaine Silver. Both individually and together, we'll share original songs, reflections and stories, welcoming the Thanksgiving/Hanukkah season with music of gratitude and faith. PLEASE JOIN US! You'll be so glad you did! $12 advance/$15 at the door. Call Unity at (727) 784-7911 for details or email me. Download a flyer here.

This month, Congregation Beth Am of Tampa's Continuing Education Series includes Vikki Silverman and I leading Modern Shabbat Nusach: New Jewish Liturgical Music, with modern melodic settings of Shabbat liturgical texts on Thursdays. We'll continue on November 14, & 21, 7-9 PM, comparing musical settings from Ashkenazic and Sephardic, Chasidic, reform, folk, pop, Israeli, and classical settings, with an examination of the Hebrew prayer text and background of the composers. Open to all at no charge. Monday, November 25th at 7 PM, come see my edu-concert, Hanukkah Circle of Songs: A Concert/Discussion of the Stories and Songs of Hanukkah. Open to all at no charge. Visit Congregation Beth Am online at

Mark your calendar for our Bay Area Cantorial Association 11th Annual Concert, Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 7 PM, Congregation B'nai Israel in St. Petersburg. Our 2014 concert features Songs of Love
from Jewish tradition around the world, presented by 14 Tampa Bay area cantors and cantorial vocalists.

BACA is also among those participating in a beautiful International Holocaust Remembrance Day Program presented by the Consular Corps of Tampa Bay, Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3 PM, Italian Club of Tampa in Ybor City. The program features a range of powerful and notable speakers and performers. There is no charge, but RSVP is required because of limited seating. Contact or 813-248-3316 by January 7th. See more details here.  

Autumn/Winter courses for Eckerd OLLI programs and Eckerd Road Scholar have been great fun and I am now featuring All You Need is Love: A 50-Year Retrospective of the Beatles. Coming courses include biographies of Ethel Merman and Jonathan Winters, Legendary Women of Biographical Broadway, an Irving Berlin revue, Great Television Variety Show Moments, Marge & Gower Champion, and so much more. View my full calendar of concerts, classes, and appearances here.  

I hope to see you soon. Wishing you a gorgeous Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, with much joy in the season ahead. Thank you for your love and for sharing my music, my tours, and this newsletter.
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

This is a last reminder to send your $500 deposit and registration immediately to join me in this extraordinarily enriching and one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore the art, architecture, heritage and Jewish communities of Cuba. 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.
An 11 day/10 night virtually all-inclusive luxury LAND PLUS AIR tour INCLUDES 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.

Absolute Deposit Deadline Nov 21, 2013.
Final Payment Due January 23, 2014.
Contact Carol Evans with questions at 727-826-0001 *