The Torah has traditionally centered on men, and music inspired by the Bible has often followed suit. But what if we could experience songs that embrace matriarchy and the Feminine Divine as the unquestioned core of our foundational narratives? How would it sound, and what kind of impact would it have?
Join us as we come together with Central Synagogue for the album release concert for Zimratah: Songs of Toratah – a collection of songs that celebrate the language of Toratah, a revolutionary rewrite of the Hebrew Bible. In concert, Toratah reverses the genders of all its characters, placing women at the center of our sacred texts and opening up possibilities for gender diversity.
This concert features acclaimed and stylistically diverse international singer-songwriters who composed singable melodies from verses of Toratah. Through their words and music, they contribute to creating a new cultural language. After singing and dancing with us, partake in a celebratory reception in their exhibition space to experience Toratah: The Artistry of Transformation, with visual artwork by Beit Toratah founder Yael Kanarek.
Songs composed and performed by: Shira Averbuch, Elana Brody, Koach Baruch (KB) Frazier, Au.D, Yuli Yael Be’eri, Yosef Goldman, Naomi Less, Rabbi Annie Lewis, Chava Mirel*, Alicia Jo Rabins, Miriam Rubin, Beth Schafer*, Basya Schechter, Julie Silver*, and Kohenet Dr. Harriette E. Wimms, and featuring our own Jenna Pearsall and Beth Reinstein.
*These artists’ works will be performed by others in the concert.
Executive Producer: Yael Kanarek
Artistic Producer: Naomi Less
Music Producer: Yuli Be’eri
Advisor: Tamar Biala
As of January 29, 2024, this concert is also co-sponsored by Beit Toratah, Central Synagogue, SAJ, Lab/Shul, Ayin Press, JOC Mishpacha Project, LABA, B’nai Jeshurun, CBST, Romemu, Aleph Alliance, and Temple of the Stranger.