Monthly Singing Shabbat

Tzedek v’Shalom Singing Shabbat

Now a monthly event

Led by Hazzan Jack Kessler* and Rabbi Marcia Prager**
at 6:30 pm
Locations vary: See dates and locations below.
Newtown, PA

Come join us for our singing Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Service, followed by our fabulous Potluck Dinner!
Welcome spring with our joyous Shabbat celebration.

Hazzan Jack Kessler* and Rabbi Marcia Prager**  lead our service, which starts at 6:30 and will take about an hour. With a special mix of old Tzedek v’Shalom favorites and some new music, this will be joyful, moving Shabbat!

Afterwards we will keep our Shabbat tradition and have a Potluck Dinner. Please bring a generously sized vegetarian/dairy entrée and drink to share. You may bring an additional dessert if you’d like.

November 16 @ George School Anderson Library
December 21 @ George School Anderson Library
January 18 @ Newtown Friends Meeting House
February 22 @ George School Anderson Library
March 15 @ George School Anderson Library
April 12 @ George School Anderson Library
May 17 @ George School Anderson Library
June 21 @ George School Anderson Library
July 19 @ TBA

The George School Anderson Library is #61 on this map.
Newtown Friends Meeting House is at 219 Court Street, Newtown PA 18940

*Jack Kessler has been called a one-man force of nature in Jewish music. (He has also been called the Jewish Sun Ra; and he claims to have been called late for dinner). He sang Jewish liturgical music as a Hazzan (Cantor) for twenty years before he decided that he prefers singing with a band. Jack is musical director, vocalist, and composer-arranger for Klingon Klez, which describes itself as “good old-fashioned, heartwarming, foot-stompin’ fun-for-the-whole family klez/funk fusion from another planet.” He also directs Atzilut, a ten-member ensemble that performs Concerts for Peace, featuring Arab and Jewish musicians in concert together. An excerpt from one review of Azilut proclaims, “Cantor Jack Kessler’s deep, resonant voice, playing against Shaheen’s violin, and the entire ensemble, is amazing! The result is music that gets deeper the longer that you listen, but that is also a relaxing pleasure the first time through.” To hear a range of Jack Kessler’s talents, listen to excerpts at

**Marcia Prager is a vibrant Jewish Renewal teacher, storyteller, artist, and therapist. She is Director and Dean of Ordination Programs for ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, and rabbi for the P’nai Or Jewish Renewal community of Philadelphia PA. A brief biography cannot convey to warmth and spirituality she brings to services she leads. Marcia Prager is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia where she received Rabbinic ordination and a Master of Hebrew Letters degree in 1989, and a D.Min honoris causa in 2014.  In 1990, she also received the personal smicha (rabbinic ordination) of  her mentor and teacher, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z”l, with whom she continued to work closely for more thhan twenty years.  In 2010, Rabbi Marcia was selected by the Forward newspaper as one of the Top Fifty Female Rabbis.

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