Tarbut Toronto, Israeli Connection and Beth Tzedec celebrate 70 years of Israeli music through vibrant prayer, learning and a unique concert highlighting Naomi Shemer within the vast landscape of Israeli music, with special guest Roy Rimshon providing engaging sessions on Shemer's work and impact, and a concert featuring The Quartet with Cantor Sidney Ezer and UJA Federation's shinshinim.

Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27

Friday evening — Kabbalat Shabbat Service, dinner and performance
Shabbat morning — Musical Shaharit Service and Lunch 'n' Learn
Saturday evening — "The Honey and the Sting: 70 Years of Israeli Music" Community Concert

For dinner or concert tickets, reserve online or call the Synagogue office at 416-781-3511.

Made possible thanks to Murray Goldman and Family

Presented by Tarbut Toronto, Israeli Connection at MNJCC and Beth Tzedec Congregation

“The Honey and the Sting” —Naomi's Shemer's Life-Story and Creations

From the times of King David, the Jewish people never had an artist like Naomi Shemer whose music was sung by so many and had such a vast and dramatic effect on the Jewish and Israeli narrative.

Over 1,000 songs were written and composed by Shemer, many of which told the story of the State of Israel—from its birth through today, in happy times and sad. Her work is still very much ‘alive' and cherished by all.

Naomi Shemer is everywhere and belongs to everyone, in the Jewish State and across the world.

—Roy Rimshon

Roy Rimshon, a self-confessed Naomi Shemer enthusiast, brings light and life to Shemer’s story. From her childhood in Kibbutz Kinneret through adolescence, from her musical education and early songs to becoming a living legend, Shemer’s life is a colourful narrative.Rimshon’s lectures combine well-known songs, videos and rare pictures, unfolding the life and work of this most influential and loved artist of the State of Israel.

Rimshon recently took some time away from his educational work to study and lecture on Naomi's Shemer life and work. He is married with two children and lives in Lotem (Galil).