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About Tkiya

About Tkiya

Tkiya uses music education to help people of all ages find their unique connection with Jewish culture and to strengthen the bonds of New York’s diverse Jewish Community.

 

Imagine a place where three generations come together to celebrate Jewish culture through music. A place where private instruction, group classes, and intergenerational music making are all components of a unique community experience.

As recent studies show that fewer non-Orthodox Americans are self-identifying as Jewish, it is important to acknowledge that it is becoming more difficult for many Jews to connect with a culture so historic in a world so modern. Music exists at the core of every culture and we believe that nothing can reach us and teach us like the power of music. While providing quality music education, Tkiya uses music to help people of all ages find their unique connection with Jewish culture and to strengthen the bonds of New York’s diverse Jewish Community.

Tkiya’s founder and director, Carla Friend, has been developing early childhood music programs at Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center since 2009.  Tkiya now collaborates with five departments within the JCC as well as providing music programs for their Early Childhood Summer Camp (ages 2-3) and Fun For Us (12-18 months), Camp Jacobson (ages 3-14) in Old Westbury, and Camp Kehilla (special needs ages 4-20) in Wheatley Heights.  Registration is filling up fast for our fall semester at SJJCC and we look forward to adding even more programs at the JCC in the next several months.

Now, Tkiya is proud to announce our new partnership with the Kings Bay Y at North Williamsburg and the Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace!  Starting in Williamsburg this past September and in Windsor Terrace this coming January, we look forward to expanding upon our Brooklyn programs in the coming year.

While continuing to offer classes at our existing locations, Tkiya is raising funds to eventually have our own, fully functional, community music and arts school! Last summer, we raised $7,387 from a total of 115 donors through an Indiegogo campaign and are continuing to accept tax-deductible donations. Visit our support page to learn how you can help us grow.

Tkiya is working towards becoming a 501(c)(3) organization.  In the meantime, Tkiya is eligible for grants and tax-deductible donations through a fiscal sponsorship with the Center for Jewish Culture & Creativity.


Coinciding with the Pope’s recent visit to the United States, Univision Noticias put out a series of 30 second videos, each featuring religious leaders and believers of all faiths. Carla Friend speaks about connecting to Judaism through music and why she founded Tkiya!