Thursday, December 2, 2010

Singer/Songwriter Shaindel Antelis has a new Chanukah song she'd like to share with you!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Artists Bio

Riva Shchertzman, Composer/arranger/songwriter/pianist/music teacher/wife/mom/grandmom/ba'alas teshuvah....has performed before thousands of women and girls throughout Israel and in several countries. Produced: 4 CD's and 6 cassettes of original music which sold thousands of copies.

Received degree in music composition and second field in computer science from the University at Albany. Also studied piano in music conservatories on Long Island and Manhattan School. Currently finishing a degree in homeopathy. Regularly learns Torah on-line thru the Naaleh Program of Neve Yerusalem.

Loves to make women and girls inspired, happy and healed through music. Every performance is nothing less than a spiritual gathering. Has performed in several isolated Yishuvim, including the former Gush Katif in an effort to lift spirits.

The music and performances of Riva and current partner Devora Gila are always done in a tsnizis way which includes Divre Torah and/or pesukim in their songs. Both women dress and cover their hair according to Haredi standards. Riva is a resident of Betar Ilite and is known personally by Rebbetzin Heller.

Gila Berkowitz
is a wife, mother, vocal coach, singer-songwriter and performer for women and girls. Her CD, Hodu Lashem, is sold for women only, and has sold almost one thousand copies. She is a resident of Yishuv Bat Ayin.

She co-wrote the lyrics and performed the feature song of the "for women only" film, The Shoemaker, produced for the Saatmar Chassidim in the United States.

Devora Gila received a degree in Linguistics from Harvard College and a Masters in Spanish from Middlebury College. She taught Spanish in the United States before doing teshuvah and moving to Israel, where she learned at Midreshet B'erot Bat Ayin, Nishmat, and Midreshet Lindenbaum.

Hodu Lashem

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Moran Sabbah's (nee Rotman, see bio below) highly anticipated women's only debut record is now available to purchase, after many month of recording in Roni Amir's Studio ( in Jerusalem's Kiryat Yovel, Moran is proud to present her pop/rock driven songs accompanied by a full band sound and her powerful vocals to create inspiring music for women from all walks of life."

Sunday, May 18, 2008

CD Review


Flashes in the Darkness
CD Talia Applebaum – Jewish Press

Review by Rosally Saltsman

Original religious Jewish music has entered its second generation inspiring listeners while entertaining them; speaking to their hearts and souls through song. Who hasn’t heard of Mordechai Ben David, Avraham Fried, Yaakov Shwekey, Uri ben David? An impressive list! But what’s missing from it? Kol Isha. The Voice of Women. But that’s slowly changing. As Miriam went out with her tambourine leading the women in song and dance, when Moshe and the men finished singing on the banks of Yam Suf, a new voice is being heard in the desert as more women are taking the initiative and recording their own songs for Am Yisrael. While they have only half the audience (as their recordings are intended for women only), the newly emerging discs of songs by women for women about women have been eagerly anticipated and welcomed.

One such disc, called Flashes in the Darkness is by Talia Applebaum, an American-Israeli woman living in Beitar Illit on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The songs, all written and performed by Talia cover a musical range from Jazz to lyric but have a predominantly folky feel. In her rich and breathless mezzo voice, she modulates between the physical, emotional and spiritual as her topics cover dirty dishes, raising children and trying to draw closer to Hashem. My favorite number, Ki Karov Eleicha, has a jazzy beat that belies its deeply spiritual nature. Drawing inspiration from her kitchen sink to l’havdil scripture, Talia weaves a tapestry of music that paints a picture that all women can see themselves as part of.

I recommend Flashes in the Darkness as a harmonic way of making the transition from darkness to light as we leave the lugubrious overtones of the Omer and prepare for the festival of spiritual luminescence that celebrates the giving of the Torah.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Up Coming Concert

Dear friends !

Something completly new ! You can win two free tickets for the next Jerusalem Folk Club if you send the correct answers to these 3 questions to

Who is the brilliant guitarist who plays on the song Hodu Lashem written by Devora Gila ? Hint : this splendid guitarist studied at the Rimon School of Jazz the same year than Aviv Gefen, and played also with Yehudit Ravits and David Orbach. You can find the answer on :
When did Israel win the Eurovision Contest with the song Halleluyah ?
Why did the legal adviser of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon send a letter to the songwriter David Orbach and what was David Orbach's reaction on Reshet Alef Shel Kol Israel ( Moreshet ) ? The answer is on Good Luck !

Following the huge success of the Jerusalem Folk Club last time, professional female performers requested to present their new CDs in front of the Ladies only Jerusalem Folk Club. It will take place on Motsaei Shabbat Yitro, Saturday 26.1, 8PM, at the Noam school, 32 Rabbi Chaim Vital, Kiryat Moshe.

8.00- 8.30 Rachael Orbach( clarinet, sax, flute ) duo with Sarah Cordish ( bassoon ) with Klezmer and the CD Batsheva. You can hear some of it on
8.30- 9.00 Devora Gila from Bat Ayin with her CD Hodu Lashem: A rich tapestry of melodies, meditative and danceable rhythms, and inspiring themes. 9:00- 9:30 Tsiporah Dagan, from Tekoa, Soul Blues, Shirei Kodesh.
9:30-10.00 Melave Malka, refreshments, food and Divrei Torah Rabbanit Aliza Levanon
10:00 Talia Applebaum, from Beitar, with her CD Flashes in the Darkness, folk, jazz, blues, ragtime and ethnic funk ! You can listen to her beautiful music on

Entrance fee: 20NIS. Free tickets for those who win the contest ! If you don't win the contest this week, there will be another contest next week ! Thank you very much for all the comments and all the very funny Jewish Humour

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