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About Tkiya

About Tkiya

Tkiya uses participatory music experiences to help people of all ages find their unique connection with Jewish culture and to reinvigorate diverse Jewish communities.

 

 

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. Tkiya uses participatory music experiences to help people of all ages find their unique connection with Jewish culture and to reinvigorate diverse Jewish communities.

Tkiya’s founder and director, Carla Friend, has been developing early childhood music programs at Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center since 2009.  Now collaborating with all departments within SJJCC (Long Island), Tkiya has expanded its reach over the years to engage additional communities in Brooklyn (Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, Windsor Terrace, Bay Ridge, Sheepshead Bay), Manhattan (Upper West Side, Harlem, Washington Heights), and now Westchester as well.

At this point in time, all unspecified donations are going towards ShaJam Singalong; our family Shabbat experience that is free to all participants.

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!