“ I have been greatly impressed and moved by Berakah’s purpose and philosophy. Berakah has the means to appeal to all, to every generation and all societies for it brings us together in Peace and shared musical joy. Ruth Richman was a child in Nazi Germany. Just one incident brings so many thoughts.I see this little Jewish girl thrown out of her school being made to to say “Heil Hitler”. I see her clinging onto the soldiers who were taking away her father shouting “You can’t take my Papa”. That alone puts me in mind of all the millions who have sought sanctuary; then I think of the racism, the hatred of “the other” which infects societies. But we can all do much to change ours. One way is to build bridges to help us to find our common humanity. Music and the Arts are significant way to achieve this and Berakah is a wonderful example of how to do it. St John’s has a particular understanding of all our hopes which makes it the ideal venue. I am proud and honoured to be able to support the concert which will be part of the Waterloo Festival at St John’s... Continue reading →
We hope to see you at the next one! TUESDAY NOVEMBER 28th PERSONAL PATHS – Stories about individual approaches to spirituality. Comedy from Reverend Maggy Whithouse, talks from Inclusive Mosque. Music – The Berakah Players, Paulina Mikojczyk and more TBC TICKETS – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/418266 SEE YOU THERE! x
One of the highlights of the first Berakah Cafe was the fantastic cellist and newest member of The Berakah Players, Paulina Mikołajczyk, who played this beautiful piece of classical music, The Old Italian Love Song by Sammartini, accompanied by the amazing Mark Hinton Stewart on the joanna. Click on the link to see and hear a clip of this lovely song.
It’s with great pleasure that I can tell you that the first Berakah Cafe ‘pop up salon’ evening at Miriam’s Munchies, a lovely intimate cafe in Harrow, was a resounding success. This was the first in a series of evening get together’s featuring talks, music and meditation and was a great departure for Berakah Arts as thus far we’ve primarily organised concert events. People from all faiths and none, with a ‘soft’ focus’ on Jews, Christians and Muslims, came to hear music, listen to stories, meditate and experience the heart opening story of The Banyan Deer. Spiritually uplifting music came from The Berakah Players and the wonderful Increase The Peace youth band. Hot soup, smooth coffee and delicious cake ensured that body was seen to whilst the story of The Banyan Deer ensured hearts were opened. A truly wonderful night. The next one, and last this year, is on Tuesday Nov 28th. Please come along. There are many events organised and for the benefit of particular communities but what we’re doing with Berakah Cafe is quite different. It’s an example of what I’m calling Open Spirituality and is for anyone, with faith or not, who believes in a more peaceful... Continue reading →
During the first Berakah Cafe I read this story as part of the evening’s theme on A More Peaceful World. It’s from a book called Soul Food, which remains to this day one of my all time favourite books. It’s a powerful story so I thought I’d offer it to all our subscribers as a download through our web site or as a YT link. Close your eyes, tune in and feel your heart opening. Direct download Listen on YouTube
Berakah Arts and Richmond Adult Community College are delighted to announce a night of music and comedy in the lovely purpose built theatre at Richmond Community College, celebrating the end of summer term for The Sing For Peace Choir, a community of people from different faiths and heritage coming together to raise their voices in support of Peace, Unity and The Common Good. The evening will be hosted by comedy and musical legend EARL OKIN who will regale us with his wit,wisdom and songs plus music from Sing for Peace and the youth band Increase The Peace, both community projects facilitated by Berakah Arts. DATE – Tuesday July 4th, 2017 ADDRESS – RACC Parkshot Richmond TW9 2RE DOORS OPEN – 6.30pm SHOW STARTS – 7pm ADMISSION – FREE (donations will be welcomed AND solicited – all proceeds go to Berakah Arts, a registered charity Registered Charity Number : 1166856 ) It promises to be a hilarious and heartwarming evening so come along and support your community. In partnership with RACC, the home of the Sing For Peace Choir. For more info about Berakah Arts – www.berakaharts.org.uk
In April 2016 we played the final concert of our tour of England with a wonderful night at West London Synagogue, the oldest synagogue affiliated with the Movement for Reform Judaism and is one of the oldest synagogues in the United Kingdom. It was a spectacular concert with a very special atmosphere and we are delighted to be invited back this year for what is more than likely to be the only significant concert by The Berakah Players ensemble in London this year. The Sing for Peace Choir and our Increase The Peace youth band perform regularly throughout the year but The Berakah Players concerts are a somewhat more rarified event so if you’ve missed us on the last tour please put this date in your diary and take advantage of the early bird ticket prices. The ERETZ Programme of West London Synagogue presents THE BERAKAH PLAYERS Law, Love, Life – a concert celebrating people coming together in trying times Sunday 4th June 2017 West London Synagogue, 34 Upper Berkeley Street, W1H 5QE Nearest Tube: Marble Arch £8 – EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL 31 MARCH In April 2016, The Berakah Players made its... Continue reading →