Many Hats

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Shalom! When it comes to hats I have lots of them. In fact, it used to be said about me that I have a "hat face". The truth is that I really do wear a lot of hats; Singer-Songwriter /Jewish-Americana-Israeli, Certified Clinical Musician / Healthcare & Healing Artist, Educator, Mother, Friend, Cantorial Soloist... hmmmm.... they call me "the spiritual one"... passionate and compassionate, world traveler, straight-shooter... In a nutshell.... I'm a person.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Art Vagabond

This year I was privileged to be featured on a wonderful video clip by ART VAGABOND. Please enjoy the beautiful works of artists from around the world.

Yona's Miracles

I realize that, especially at this time of year, we are inundated with last minute requests to give money to a worthy cause. Yona is a good friend of mine, founder of the all-woman band, "Tofa'ah", of which I was, and still am a member. Her generosity is never-ending. Her desire to do good in this world is priceless. She never stops giving, in spite of a lifelong chronic illness. Yona has two beautiful young children, Yissy & Eli, her "miracles", who were born with multiple physical ailments. They require care 24/7 and this has become costly. I would like to send out this plea to give just one more time. Please read their story and find it in yourselves to give just one more time. http://www.gofundme.com/Help-Yona-Yissy-and-Eli THEIR STORY: One disabled mom, two severely disabled, chronically ill children who need round-the-clock care 24/7 - and no money for nursing care or medications, let alone rent. Please help! Knowing Yona and her children, you are surely aware of how inspiring and special they are, and of how they touch all who meet them with their tremendous – and joyful – courage and faith. What you may not be aware of, however, is the crushing physical, emotional and financial burden that afflicts them. Yona is a disabled, divorced mother. Because of her own illness and because both of the children need constant, 24-hour medical care, she has been unable to continue working as a teacher and music therapist. Yona has suffered from disabling rheumatoid arthritis since the age of 19. Her oldest son, Yissy has Stickler’s syndrome and was born with a host of life-threatening health problems. He is in a wheelchair, has limited use of his hands, is legally blind and cannot speak. Nevertheless, he is a bright, engaging fourteen year old, who understands three languages. His brother, Eliyahu has Down syndrome and severe, chronic breathing and swallowing problems. Both boys need oxygen and constant nursing care. The children’s medical care necessary to keep them alive costs $5000 a month more than what is covered by insurance and National Health Insurance (Bituach Leumi). Neighbors bring a hot meal several times a week, but there is no money for nursing care, life-saving medications, heating – or even milk. Thank G-d, Yona and her children are blessed with an extended network of family relatives and friends who care about them deeply. Let us show that care and appreciation in a concrete way. If we all come to their aid, together we can make a real difference! Regular contributions would substantially alleviate the family’s desperate situation as well as fulfill our own obligation to help to our friends and close ones in their time of need. Yona and her children have touched so many of our lives and helped so many of us. Please do the utmost you can to save these children and their mother! http://www.gofundme.com/Help-Yona-Yissy-and-Eli

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

My STORE

Hello Everyone, Here is the link to my STORE. I look forward to hearing your feedback. Rahel

Jewish Health Guide

Shalom Friends, I've just been alerted to a wonderful new helpful on-line site, The Jewish Health Guide. Please take the time to peruse and use it!

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Wonderful Review

Listen, Like, Learn with Mother Goose on the Loose: Hebrew/English Edition Listen, Like, Learn with Mother Goose on the Loose: Hebrew/English Edition is a fun CD with nursery rhymes and songs sung first in English and then Hebrew. It contains one CD and a booklet of lyrics in English and Hebrew written with English letters. Rahel is very clear when she sings, and I found it easier to sing along with this Hebrew CD than I did with their Spanish CD titled Escucha y Disfruta con Mama Gansa. It was also fun to hear the difference in onomatopoeias. For example, the English drum says, “Rum, pum, pum,” but the Hebrew drum says, “Tof, tof, tof.” However, since the songs are modern, the Hebrew is modern rather than biblical. We listened to Listen, Like, Learn with Mother Goose on the Loose: Hebrew/English Edition several times as we were driving. The music is tranquil enough that it did not distract me while driving, and my children enjoyed singing along to it. In fact, my dad was riding with me one day, and when he saw the CD case, he said he wanted to hear the music. He seemed to enjoy reviewing the Hebrew he had learned in seminary. I would recommend Listen, Like, Learn with Mother Goose on the Loose: Hebrew/English Edition for families with little children. It would also be a good supplement for students learning both biblical and modern Hebrew. My five-year-old said that he prefers the female vocalist on the Hebrew CD rather than the male vocalist on the Spanish CD because it is “more beautiful.” He went on to say that his favorite song was “We’ll Ring Our Bells Together/Kulam M’tsaltselim.” Both Listen, Like, Learn with Mother Goose on the Loose: Hebrew/English Edition and Esucha y Disfruta con Mama Gansa are worth a look. Reviewed By: Tiffany Orthman |

Monday, October 29, 2012

Rami Kleinstein

Last night I attended a concert by Israeli singer-songwriter-pianist, Rami Kleinstein. Rami is one of my favorite Israeli singers whom I have followed for many years. It was extremely inspiring to actually be at a live concert. Rami sang and played passionately and I found myself teary-eyed throughout the night; tears of joy from being part of the audience, tears from the lyrics, tears of great yearning to be once again with my people, Israel. At the end of the concert I had a brief opportunity to meet Rami in person. Here are some links: 1. Main Website 2. My favorite song: Bayom shel HaPzatzah (Day of the Bomb) 3. Lyrics to above song

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Acappella Alpaca Farm

Why not spend a day with these lovely loving Alpacas of the Acappella Alpaca Farm in Hollis, NH? I shared a tent with a lovely artist; Marcia C. Vanolinda (marcianmark@hotmai.com). Here is a sampling of her beautiful work: More photos here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center

FUN FUN FUN! Today was open house day at this awesome new creative arts center in Hollis, NH. I am teaching Listen Like Learn and Your Baby Needs Music classes to babies and young children as well as "MugaLive!" (yoga/music) classes. There are art classes galore, workshops, fun nights out for adults, teens, tweens.... the list is extensive. So go to the Wild Salamander website for FUN FUN FUN!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Carolee Clarke, Artist Extraordinaire!

Carolee Clarke is a friend and a wonderful artist. I had the pleasure of attending a reception in her honor at the Amherst Town Library where her works are being exhibited - artist of the month!

Hollis Old Home Day

WOW! I had no idea how much fun the "Old Home Day" event is. I was booked as "Vintage Gold Muse", my folksinger persona, and was also helping to promote the "Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center" where I am offering music classes for babies and young children and "MugaLive" baby/music/yoga classes with Sue Hurwitz. Bob Baker, joined me with his ukulele under the BBQ tent, and so did the kids!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Currier Museum of Art

Here's a glimpse into the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH. my favorites are the first photo of the beautiful woman looking in the mirror, and the beautiful blue vase.