92Y's alternative "downtown" High Holiday services with Rabbi Dan Ain and The Sway Machinery's Jeremiah Lockwood move to Brooklyn this year.
Alongside Rabbi Dan's Torah teaching and preaching (on how we observe our world and how the world observes us), singer/guitarist Lockwood leads worship that is part old-world Ashkenazi High Holy Day wailing and part Delta Blues.
This year during the Kol Nidre service Debra Winger and Jeremiah Lockwood will be presenting an excerpt from a larger work called "Kol Nidre in Mihalifalva." Jeremiah tells us that Mihalifalva is the town in Transylvania where his grandmother was born, and the action of the play takes place on Kol Nidre eve; the music will derive at least in part from traditional liturgical music. Still a work in progress (ultimately intended to be a one-woman show with music written and performed by Jeremiah and a choral ensemble) the piece is a meditation on the lives of family in the past and on the continuity of experience between the dead and the living. The main character is a little girl, and her inner life of fantasies and imaginings acts as a jumping-off point for ruminations about ghosts, midrashic legend and the permanence of shared memory.
The excerpt to be performed will be about 10 minutes long and will feature actress Debra Winger and guest vocalists Mark Lesseraux and Sandra Lilia Velasquez, along with Jeremiah Lockwood and musicians John Bollinger and Shoko Nagai.
Kol Nidre - 7-9 pm
Yom Kippur - 10 am-12:30 pm
Special pricing is available for students.
Located at 509 Atlantic Ave in Downtown Brooklyn.
Take the 2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains or the LIRR
Rabbi Dan Ain is part preacher, part philosopher, part interviewer and provocateur. He finds holiness in honest conversation, in the spaces where people can say what they really think and allow others to do the same.
For the past decade, Rabbi Dan has been creating opportunities and contexts for these interactions – hosting Friday Night Dinners with comedians and cosmologists, klezmer brunches with artists and analysts, appearing on Sunday morning TV and in private apartments with groups of close friends looking for a way to talk about God on their own terms. He encourages conversations that are sometimes funny (with Gilbert Gottfried), sometimes challenging (with Deepak Chopra), sometimes sacred and sometimes profane.
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Alana Joblin Ain and their daughter, Autumn Prayer.
Find him on Twitter at @rabbidan.
Son of composer Larry Lockwood and the grandson of the legendary Cantor Jacob Konigsberg, Jeremiah Lockwood began his musical career playing on the streets of Manhattan. He soon struck up a relationship with Piedmont Blues master Carolina Slim, with whom he still performs. Jeremiah and Carolina Slim have appeared together in Avery Fisher Hall, the New School Blues Festival and have been profiled in The New York Times Magazine and Time Out New York. Jeremiah has worked for years as the front man for The Sway Machinery, a blues/world beat/Chazzanus ensemble that is currently revamping its sound and taking New York by storm with the help of friends from the Antibalas horn section. Recently, Jeremiah has been working as a composer for film and theater, scoring the Adam Vardi film "Mendy" and a documentary piece on Israeli artist Miriam Cabessa that was featured as an installation at the Tel Aviv Modern Art Museum. Jeremiah lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Shasta and their sons Moses Lion and Jacob Ulysses.
A Day in the Life with Rabbi Dan
Story of Torah Ark
A note from the artists of the ark, Lorelei and Alex Gruss:
Religion is a powerful catalyst for craftsmanship. Studio Gruss, in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, has been creating high-end Judaic pieces, sanctuary interiors and synagogue furniture for over twenty five years. Our work has been recognized through award publications and exhibitions in some of the finest museums.
A synagogue is a place of meditation. Our duty as artists is to transport you through our art to an imaginary place where the soul reigns, and nothing else matters.
We created a one-of-a-kind Torah Ark to be used throughout 92Y’s Holy Days in Brooklyn in an effort to establish a strong relationship with Rabbi Dan and his community. Black and white squares and circles are cut out in wood to create a modern curtain. An apple tree branch cut from the artists Brooklyn front yard decorates the top of the ark.
In addition, we are involved in creating urban art and jewelry pieces. Studio Gruss' goal is to make beautiful works of art that are practical and highly spiritual in order to captivate the hearts and minds of those present at synagogue services. We hope our work will add to the festive atmosphere and also encourage anyone to visit our studio, explore our website at studiogruss.com and keep in touch through our Studio Gruss Facebook page.