Showing posts from May, 2018

Tofa'ah: Women & Miracles

Where do I even begin to tell you all about a phenomenal band whose members are phenomenal women; that the band was founded by one super phenomenal woman named Yona who is raising two incredibly miraculous  and phenomenal young boys? Why do I keep repeating the word phenomenal, you ask? The word tofa'ah is the hebrew word for phenomenon. Tofa'ahis the name of the band!

Tofa'ah, the world's first Jewish women rock band, keeps blazing trails. The unifying purpose, high level of musicianship and the sound of Tofaah remain unique in the world of Jewish music. (


Tofa'ah was founded by drummer/percussionist Yona Yakobovitz "as a vehicle to inspire women to raise their voice in praise". She had been studying Judaism at a seminary in Jerusalem and playing music with another friend in hospitals, nursing homes when she was asked to participate in a fundraising talent show/concert. She gathered a few more tale…

Thursday Afternoon: Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem

There is always something interesting and amazing to do in Israel - especially in Jerusalem. My friends and I took in the Bible Lands Museum on a Thursday afternoon (entrance happened to be free that day!). The museum is located right next to the Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book that houses the Dead Sea Scrolls. If you're an avid museum goer than you will want to spend the entire day to visit all three. My friends and I decided to take our time visiting just this one. The website states:

"It is the only museum of its kind in the world, where the civilizations of the Ancient Near East are brought to life from the dawn of civilization to the early Christian era."

The museum is set up with numbered rooms or gallery sections that move you from the earliest civilizations from hunters to city dwellers. It's a fascinating journey through history. You are invited to witness and experience the evolution of the civilizations of man. We see and learn how man progressed p…

Thoughts from the Garden

I'm sitting in my good friend's beautiful garden in Ma'aleh Adumim, the first town founded after the Yom Kippur War. It sits east of Jerusalem on the road towards Jericho and the Dead Sea. It was launched in 1975 and established in 1979.

Ma'aleh Adumim is described as a border area between the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. The name refers to the route leading from the Jordan Valley to Jerusalem, dominated by "reddish hues" in its rock formations.

Ma'ale Adumim is located seven kilometers (4.5 miles) east of Jerusalem. This is geographically significant in that it makes Ma'ale Adumim a central location linking the Jordan Valley and Judean Desert to the nation capital, Jerusalem. Historically, foreign powers ruling the area - from the Romans to the Jordanians - attempted to secure this route and considered Ma'ale Adumim strategically crucial to the defense of Jerusalem.

I think the view from this garden is the best view of Jerusalem from Ma'aleh A…

Funk 'n Folklore PHOTO GALLERY


I encourage you to take the time to view our photo and video GALLERY.

We received some very profound feedback including:

"This is you!" (Art/Music Collaboration at the Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod)

"This, THIS, is real Tikkun Olam (healing of the world)." (Tamar, flutist for Tofa'ah women's band)

"I am a Jewish South African living now in Israel. It's been challenging to fuse my two cultural identities. You just showed me how!" (audience member)

"I am born and raised in Germany to African parents. However, growing up I was not in touch with my African roots. Seeing you all here in Israel has affected me deeply."(audience member)

"The children we teach are very mixed: Jews, Arabs and immigrants from all around the world. Some feel embarrassed about the cultural backgrounds. You have shown them how to be proud of their roots and to celebrate their her…


Hi! If you are in Israel we hope that we will see you at one of our concerts. We are: Amavevane Acapella (Zimbabwe/Africa) and Acoustic Breezes - Rahel (USA/Israel) presenting a fusion of world multicultural music from our African and Jewish heritages. You will be treated to joyous traditional and original music that will delight your eyes, ears and soul! Learn more HERE:

Our fundraiser for this tour is still open.  Please consider making a donation:
CONCERT SCHEDULE: The Healing Light Project in Israel
Thursday, May 10: 8-9pm: EVENING SHOW at the Whole Health Forum- Essene Farm, Yahalom St., Even Sapir - The shuttle driver’s name is Monica. She will have two phones: 050 477 5225 or 052 247 8487. 
Sunday, May 13:  7:45pm HOUSE CONCERT in Maaleh Adumim
Monday, May 14:  10:45am JOINT SHOW with Tofa'ah for SPECIAL NEEDS
Tuesday, May 15:  8-11pm: EVENING SHOW at the Jerusalem…

Pioneering in a New Age!


   The dictionary offers this definition:

   Environmental Science. The quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting
natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.

Wikipedia explains further:

   In ecology, sustainability (from sustain and ability) is the property of biological systems to remain diverse and productive indefinitely. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. In more general terms, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. The organizing principle for sustainability is sustainable development, which includes the four interconnected domains: ecology, economics, politics and culture.

   Sustainability can also be defined as a socio-ecological process characterized by the pursuit of a common ideal. An ideal is by definition unattainable in a given time and space. However, by persistently and dynamically approaching it, the process results in a sustainab…