Wellspring: 40 years of Music, Joy, and Social Justice
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
March 5, 2024 @ 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:00pm
Tickets are $18 and $36, more details below. In-person and virtual tickets available.
Join the celebration of Kehilla’s Anniversary!
Celebrate 40 years of Kehilla — a progressive congregation dedicated to community, connection, and bending the river towards social justice.
Feel the healing power of music from Melanie DeMore, Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman, Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel, the Kehilla Klezmer Band, and other special guests.
Honor Hazzan Shulamit’s 20 years as Kehilla’s musical leader, blending music, spirit, and activism.
Freight & Salvage is wheelchair accessible.
Purchase tickets for yourself and your friends and family! Tickets are $18 and $36. We offer two ticket price options–both in-person and virtual. Please choose the one you can afford. All seats are first come, first served regardless of price.
The Evening Program Includes
- Musical performances from Melanie DeMore, Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman, Rabbi Hanna Tiferet Siegel, Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, the Kehilla Klezmer Band, and other special guests.
- New commissioned work by social justice artist Ricardo Levins Morales on display in the lobby, and posters available for purchase.
- Hosted by Rabbi Dev Noily
- Silent auction
- Bakesale – delicious goods made by Kehilla supporters!
About the Performers
Melanie DeMore is a 3 time Grammy nominated singer/composer, choral conductor, music director, and vocal activist who believes in the power of voices raised together. She is a featured presenter of SpeakOut!-The Institute for Social and Cultural Change, works with everyone from Baptists to Buddhists, and was a founding member of the Grammy-nominated ensemble Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Melanie became Music Director for Obeah Opera by Nicole Brooks as part of the Luminato Festival in 2019. She is a charter member of Kate Munger’s Threshold Choirs and conducts song circles with an emphasis on the voice as a vessel for healing. In her own words: “A song can hold you up when there seems to be no ground beneath you.”
Hazzan Shulamit Wise Fairman, Music Director, hails from Mid-Missouri, where she began her personal and professional Jewish journey. Graduate studies in Boston led to a freelance career as a prayer leader, educator, and ritual creatrix. B’nai Or, the Jewish renewal community in Boston, became her spiritual home for six years, where she was mentored by her beloved Rabbis, Daniel and Hanna Tiferet Siegel. Since her youth, music and activism have been integral threads in the spiritual matrix of her life. Entering her 20th year serving Kehilla, Shulamit continues to weave her vision of community building, personal healing, and world change through music and prayer. She was ordained through the ALEPH Cantorial Program in 2013.
Become a Sponsor!
In honor of Kehilla’s 40th anniversary, please consider becoming a sponsor of Kehilla’s Wellspring: 40 years of Music, Joy, and Social Justice. We encourage sponsorship gifts in addition to your ticket purchase — or in lieu of tickets – in multiples of $40, or set your own amount ($10 minimum).
Sponsorships received by February 27 will be acknowledged at the event (unless you choose to remain anonymous).
Can you help? Volunteers are needed to do many things in advance and on the night of the event. Sign up to volunteer here.
Anyone experiencing any symptoms of potentially contagious illness should remain at home and access the event virtually.
All in-person attendees are expected to be masked indoors when not eating: N95, KN95, KF94 or comparable mask required.
We encourage everyone to take a rapid antigen test before coming to this event.