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Friday, August 27

7:00 PM (In-Person/Livestream/Facebook)

Global Voices Summer Shabbat

As the granddaughter of Yona Dardashti, the most renowned singer of Persian classical music in Iran in his day, and daughter of highly esteemed cantor Farid Dardashti, Middle Eastern vocalist and composer Galeet Dardashti is the first woman in her family to continue her family tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship. Galeet also pursues her passion for Jewish music and culture as an anthropologist. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology, specializing in cultural politics and contemporary Middle Eastern/Arab music in Israel. She is currently Assistant Professor of Jewish Music and Musician-in-Residence at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and she has published widely on her work. She offers residencies, lectures, and workshops on her artistic and academic work.

Saturday, August 28

1:00 PM (In-Person)

Nosh & Knowledge with

Scholar-in-Residence Galeet Dardashti
From Pulpit to Pop Chart: Sephardi/Mizrahi Poetic Songs (Piyutim)

Join prominent performer and cultural anthropologist, Dr. Galeet Dardashti, for this interactive and participatory program on Jewish Middle Eastern and North African piyyut traditions. Come hear, study, and learn to sing several of these artistic and beautiful religious songs, and gain an understanding of their shifting cultural significance throughout Jewish history and in Israeli pop and rock music today. Hosted by Sisterhood. Boxed lunches by Paul Wertz available for $12 each (or bring your own lunch and join us for free). RSVP by Aug 23 to Nancy Fortier at 248-495-5013 or

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Saturday, August 28

7:00 PM  (In-Person/Livestream)

Monajat (a reimagining of the Selichot ritual) led by Galeet Dardashti and her ensemble

Followed by a short Selichot service led by our clergy


Monajat with Galeet Dardashti re-imagines the Selichot  ritual in collaboration with an acclaimed ensemble of musicians, an electronic soundscape, and dynamic live video art. Monajat is a Persian word meaning an intimate dialogue with the Divine. Using Persian melodies and Hebrew texts, the work pays homage to Dardashti's grandfather, a master Persian classical vocalist. She performs some of the Persian piyutim (liturgical songs) traditionally chanted as part of the Selichot service, as well as other liturgical and non-liturgical Hebrew and Persian poetry set to new music. Through electronics, she defies time and performs with her grandfather. Join us for this holy and unique experience, which will be followed by a short Selichot service led by our TBE clergy.