Yahala Lachmish – Israeli Musical Artist in Residence


December 9, 2022    
6:00 pm

Join us for the next program in Temple Israel’s 2022 – 2023 Music and Cultural Arts Series Celebrating Israel’s 75th Anniversary!


Israeli Musical Artist in Residence Yahala Lachmish from Friday, December 9 – Sunday, December 11, 2022.  Co-sponsored by Temple Beth-EL of Great Neck, SHAI (Sephardic Heritage Alliance Inc.), Sephardic Circle of Temple Beth-EL, Hadassah, and Temple Israel of Great Neck.

Friday Night Services

6:00 p.m.  L’chu N’ranena ~ Let Us Sing  – Hazzanit Lachmish and Hazzan Shamash will help us lift our voices in song using melodies from around the globe.

7:00 p.m.  Our Musical Souls ~ Shabbat dinner with Yahala.  Join Yahala for Shabbat dinner and a discussion about how music touches Yahala’s soul and our souls as well.

Saturday Morning Services

9:15 a.m.  The Poetry of Prayer in memory of Lisa Anderman Daskal z’l‘ – Yahala leads Shabbat prayers, bringing an Israeli multicultural mix joining together traditions from east and west, and introducing new piyyutim to the congregation during services.  

12:40 p.m.  Shabbat Lunch Kiddush

Saturday Night
7:00 p.m.  From Jazz to Hijaz – Concert at Temple Beth El Great Neck
Yahala tells (and sings) her personal story as a jazz musician reconnecting to her Sephardi roots. During the performance, Yahala plans to teach the audience a piyyut involving Hazzanim Adam Davis and Brian Shamash.

Sunday Morning  (as part of Kulanu Religious School)
Shir Umizmor – Introduction to Piyyut (for children).  Short learning and singing experience as a bridge to Jewish and Israeli traditions.

Getting to know Yahala: Daughter of the small but tight-knit Israeli Lybian Jewish community, Yahala will sing and tell her personal story as a jazz musician reconnecting to her Sephardi roots. During the performance, she will share melodies from around the globe as well as piyyutim (liturgical poems). Her powerful, middle-eastern vocal style and contemporary touch create an Israeli multicultural mix that unites rhythms, sounds and traditions from east and west for a refreshing take on Jewish music.  Yahala has been performing melodies from around the globe since early childhood, and performs as a solo artist, and in various ensembles (such as Tandu, Tahrir and Voca Shabbat) and with orchestras.  She is musical director and co-head of Prayer in Jerusalem’s Kehilat Zion Synagogue, an emerging community of Israeli Jews of all backgrounds and beliefs, where east and west meet in a prayer celebrating the ingathering of the exiles. She lectures and leads services at Midreshet Beit Prat (previously known as Ein Prat), that brings secular and observant Israelis together for Jewish learning and exploration.  Yahala holds a B.A. in composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and accompanies the Sephardic track of the Ashira Tehilot program for Musicians and Cantors at the Schechter Institute in Jerusalem.  Click here for more……