Ohr Shalom hosts musicians for artist-in-residence weekend

Ohr Shalom hosts musicians for artist-in-residence weekend

Chava Mirel
Chava Mirel

CHAVA MIREL, a Seattle-based composer and recording artist, will be the artist-in-residence at Congregation Ohr Shalom: The Summit Jewish Community Center Jan. 24-26. Musicians Elana Arian and Deborah Sacks Mintz will join her for a concert Saturday evening.

Mirel is as comfortable singing and playing guitar at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial Conventions as she is working jazz clubs or strumming with reggae and world music bands. She recently released her third full-length album, a reinterpretation of the Great American Songbook. A member of the first cohort of Hadar Institute’s Rising Song Fellowship, her music is known for themes of gratitude, self-acceptance, and balance.

Performing with Mirel is Elana Arian, a multi-instrumentalist with three albums of original music who has served on the faculties of both Shirei Chagiga in London and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.

The third musician is Deborah Sacks Mintz, whose first album will debut this year. She is a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary and serves as a consultant to Hadar’s Rising Song Institute. She’s a rabbinic fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan.

The weekend events include Shabbat dinner at 6 p.m. followed by an interactive Kabbalat Shabbat service at 7; dinner costs $16 adults, $8 children, $45 family maximum.

Shabbat morning services will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by a kiddush.
A concert, with light refreshments, will take place Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. preceded by cocktails at 7:30. Tickets cost $45, $36 in advance.
A family concert will take place Sunday at 4:30 in a private home.

For tickets and more information, visit summitjcc.org or call

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