March 25, 2017, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22204
Cantor Hasha Musha Perman will guide us through the prism of Jewish prayer, reflecting myriad musical rhythms while respecting the blueprint (matbei’ah) of the siddur, its structure, designed for a sacred personal and collective spiritual journey. Hasha Musha delights in lifting the spirit and opening the soul. Blues for blessings, chants to invite the Divine Presence, and traditional melodies call to the open-hearted, the curious, and the estranged. Leonard Cohen will inhabit Psalm 150, Halleluya. Childhood melodies will be rocked and released by the South African Freedom Song accompanying our liberation from Egypt (Mi Chamocha) across the Red Sea. This is an eclectic experience with a purpose: Unwrap the inner truth of prayer to find our spiritual compass and be uplifted.
She’s been described as “uplifting, ecstatic,” and is a dynamic innovator in Jewish music and prayer. She has been the Cantor of Congregation Beth Shalom, a liberal congregation in Naperville, Illinois, for over twenty years. She founded Hasha Musha & The Kiev Klezmers in Chicago, a “glorious” mix of outstanding musicians, Russian Jews and American Klezmers. She co-founded Minyan HaShira, the Singing Minyan. Her one-woman show, “More Than Chicken Soup”, toured the US with a Klezmer trio.
Hasha creates new expressions for prayer and exciting pathways to Jewish education. She created the Sacred Drumming Circle, a joyous new Kabbalat Shabbat experience with drums and percussion. This meetup integrates chant, blessings, meditation, and rhythm into Friday night worship.
Cantor Perman is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the prestigious Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award. She holds degrees in theatre and graphic design as well as Cantorial Certification from Hebrew Union College, JIR, SSM. She is a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality Leadership Training for Cantors and continues to study with the IJS Hevraya, which supports Rabbis, Cantors, Lay Leaders, and Educators. Hasha is thrilled to join Kol Ami for a transformative Sabbath of song, prayer, and study.
Hasha will be leading a Torah study after the Oneg; so please plan to stay.
Please bring a vegetarian dairy dish to share. We’ll be in the Chapel.