Winter Musical Shabbats

Tzedek v’Shalom Singing Shabbat

Led by Rabbi Marcia Prager* and Hazzan Jack Kessler**

At 6:30 p.m. on . . .
   Friday, January 17, 2020
   Friday, February 21, 2020

NEW LOCATION: Pennswood Village
1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd, in the Barclay House Terrace Room

Newtown, PA

Directions to Barclay Terrace Room

1. Enter at signs for Pennswood Village and Newtown Friends School.
2. Drive straight until road dead-ends.
3. Turn right and you will pass a meadow, a large parking lot, and the Newman building (Dorothy’s)
4. Park at the P2 lot, which is just beyond Newman.
5. The Barclay building is on your right, immediately next to the parking lot.  (Don’t walk too far!) First you’ll pass a long outdoor porch; then see double doors entering the building.
6. Once inside, the room is immediately on your right!
(A diagram of Pennswood Village is located here: PennswoodMaps-2019.)

Come join us for our singing Kabbalat Shabbat and Ma’ariv Services, followed by our fabulous Potluck Dinner!

Rabbi Marcia Prager* and Hazzan (Cantor) Jack Kessler**  lead our service, which starts at 6:30. We hope you’ll join us for a cozy, joyful, friendly, and moving Shabbat — a special mix of old favorites, some new music, and timely, down-to-earth, brief teachings!

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.

marcia-prager-2019*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 than twenty years.  In 2010, Rabbi Marcia was selected by the Forward newspaper as one of the Top Fifty Female Rabbis. Learn more about Rabbi Marcia at

jack-kessler-2019**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




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