Akiva Wharton is a passionate percussionist, writer of prayers and songs, and teacher of spiritual drumming. A master drummer, he accompanies the best in the world of Jewish spiritual music, including Craig Taubman, Shefa Gold, Storahtelling and superstar, Gad Elbaz. He performs, teaches and leads workshops in schools and synagogues around the world.
How to Play Your Drum and Shake Your Shaker
Arts and Performance
Learn how to play your djembe or dumbek from a professional. Beginners welcome. Explore basic rhythms, producing musical sounds on any drum, where to put accents that help a rhythm, and keeping a steady beat. If there is interest, techniques will be offered for tambourine, shaker and bells. Bring your stuff or borrow ours.
The Service of My Dreams
Playing with the music and meaning of Shabbat Beshalach
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, and so do we! Join us for Shabbat like you’ve never experienced it before. We believe a good Shabbat service should welcome you in as an individual, give you a chance to be part of a group, and help you connect to the Divine and others in a deep way. With creative interplay of music, stories, movement, and environment, we will lead an exploration of Parshat Beshalach, “the dance party” of the moment of liberation!
**Please note, this session will have mixed gender seating and musical instruments.
Everyone Welcome Drumming Circle
Here’s your chance to learn absolutely nothing but have a blast! Bring your drum, your tambourine or your favorite chant. We will get in a big old circle and just let the music flow. Vocal mikes will be available for chanting and rapping. Jewish topics encouraged, obviously… All ages welcome!
Davening (Praying) With Drums
Ritual and Prayer
Drums seem to be everywhere that Jews pray. But which rhythms work with which prayers? Which sounds deepen Holiness? When to be silent? How to connect the drumming with HaShem (God) and still be supportive to others? Join master drummer AkivaTheBeliever and deepen your own Holy Drumming. Beginners welcome.
Marge & Jona in Concert
Featuring AkivaTheBeliever On Percussion
Marge Eiseman and Jona Muchin, mother and son from Milwaukee, WI, have performed at CAJE Conferences all over the US, and are delighted to share their original, spiritual music at Limmud NY. Marge’s compositions are from the heart and her voice is straight from her soul. Jona’s guitar playing and harmonies add richness and understanding to the music. They will be joined by AkivaTheBeliever on percussion.