I first met Eliana Light several years ago at an education conference, and it was immediately apparent that she was one of the rising stars of the Jewish music universe.
That’s why I’m so pleased to announced that she will be our artist-in-residence in the first weekend of November. She’ll be with us for Erev Shabbat on Friday evening, Shabbat Ruach on Saturday morning, and an intimate concert with Havdalah on Saturday evening.
The weekend will begin with Tot Shabbat on Friday, November 2, at 6:00 p.m. No toddlers in your family? Come to Shabbat dinner at 6:30 p.m. Eliana has asked that vegan and gluten-free options be available and it’s also the Shabbat for a JCS dinner, so there will be a choice of main courses: baked fish with lemon and herbs, ratatouille with tofu, or pasta. Please make reservations for Friday dinner through the JCF office (office@JewishElmira.org or 607-734-8122) by Monday, October 29. It’s $12 for adults, $5 for children under age 13, free for children under age 5.
Shabbat Ruach will be at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 3. After the morning service there will be a kiddush lunch, again with vegan and gluten-free options. Reservations aren’t needed for the lunch, but for either meal, please let us know if you will want the gluten-free options so that we can be sure to have enough.
Havdalah and a concert on Saturday evening will be at 7:30 p.m. at a private home in West Elmira. For information, please call the JCF office.
Eliana Light has released two albums of original Jewish music, A New Light and Eliana Sings (About Jewish Things!). Her songs can also be found on PJ Library compilations and are used by educators, song-leaders, and congregations all over the country.
Eliana has performed and taught at national Jewish gatherings, including the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial, the NewCAJE Jewish Education Conference, Limmud New York, Songleader Boot Camp, Hava Nashira, and the DeLeT Masters Program at Brandeis University.
She is the author of Hebrew in Harmony, a curriculum published by Behrman House that teaches prayer and Hebrew through music.
In 2017, Eliana founded the G!D Project, an educational initiative focused on accessible, meaningful conversations about G!D and spirituality through ritual, text, and creativity.
Eliana graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in Experiential Jewish Education in 2016 and is based in New York City. She has worked with many NYC organizations, including B’nai Jeshurun, Park Avenue Synagogue, the JCC of Manhattan and the Harlem JCC, Romemu, The New Shul, and Lab/Shul. She is also the co-founder of Shira B’dira, a singing-focused traditional egalitarian prayer community.