Songs of Our People, Songs of Our Neighbors: Yosef Goldman

Wednesday, Jul 1, 2020

Conversation and Concert with Rabbi Yosef Goldman

Past Program. Recording available HERE. (Begins at the 29 minute mark)

Wednesday, July 1 at 6 pm Eastern
via Facebook Live and NMAJH website
Free, Facebook RSVP encouraged.

Celebrate and explore the music of Rabbi Yosef Goldman’s new album, Open My Heart (2019, Rising Song Records). Rabbi Goldman will sit down virtually with NMAJH public programs manager and musician, Dan Samuels, to talk about his upbringing, musical influences, favorite collaborators, and what drives his efforts to heal the world with music. We will premiere never-before-seen captivating recordings of Yosef and other musicians created during the making of the album, and see if – just maybe – we can get Yosef to sing something for us live.

To watch:
Look for the LIVE post on the Museum’s Facebook page at 6pm EST. You do not need a Facebook account to view the program.

Beginning at 6pm EST, this program will also be available at via a pop-up message on the homepage. Please note that audience Q&A is only available on Facebook during the live program.

Free. Donations welcome.

About the series:

This new series explores music from varied Jewish traditions and diverse cultures, from the historic and traditional to the contemporary and reimagined. Through conversations, performances, videos, audio, and audience Q&A, this series will use music to better understand the complex, culturally diverse communities which make up the Jewish People, and our nation.

The first three installments of this series will celebrate and explore contemporary Jewish music with noticeable influences from near and far through the leaders of the Philadelphia-based Rising Song Institute.

Series presented in partnership with:

About Rabbi Yosef Goldman:

Rabbi Yosef Goldman is the Co-Director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute. Raised in a mixed Orthodox Ashkenazi and Mizrachi home, Yosef has taught and led prayer in communities of every Jewish movement. He has served as ba’al tefillah for some of the most spiritually vibrant and creative prayer communities in the United States and Israel, including Romemu and B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan, the Kitchen in San Francisco, and Beit Tefila Yisraeli in Israel. For over a decade, as a consultant, Yosef has advised synagogues and prayer communities seeking to deepen the communal and spiritual experience through musical prayer.

Yosef’s original Jewish music is sung at synagogues, schools, and camps across the country. His first album of original music, Open My Heart, was released by the Rising Song Institute in the winter of 2019. As a sought-after vocalist, Yosef performs and records with a wide range of Jewish artists. He is a longtime featured vocalist in the Hadar Ensemble and a founding member of the Middle Eastern Jewish music ensemble, The Epichorus. Along with trombonist Dan Blacksberg, Yosef was selected by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts for its 2018-2019 Jazz Residency.

Yosef received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2013, with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling, and was also awarded a Master of Sacred Music. He most recently served as Rabbi and Director of Sacred Music at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia.