Inspiring, musical Rabbi Josh Warshawsky will help Detroiters usher in the holidays by performing his music at Congregation Beth Ahm.
Rabbi Josh Warshawsky has been described as a “breakthrough talent in the world of Jewish music” whose soulful singing and davening is inspiring people — from synagogues to summer camps — across the country.
Warshawsky is a singer, song leader, musician, composer and a graduate of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. He tours to teach and inspire.
He will be in Detroit Sept. 20 and 21 at Congregation Beth Ahm in West Bloomfield for a Shabbat and Selichot experience. Throughout the weekend, Warshawsky will feature music from his latest project, “Chaverai Nevarech/Friends, Let Us Bless.” He will use music from this current album to create a communal singing experience, one that entertains and inspires.
Engaging is the word Rabbi Steven Rubenstein of Beth Ahm uses to describe Josh and his music.
“I have known Josh for years and seen him perform many times,” Rubenstein says. “He brings you in; you become part of the concert and are moved in an unforgettable way. This is why Josh is loved by camps, teen groups and synagogues across the country. I am excited to welcome him to Beth Ahm and invite the community to share a fantastic weekend with us.”
“Libeinu: The Heart and Soul of Shabbat” is how Warshawsky will welcome the Sabbath on Friday, Sept. 20. A festive oneg, singing and camp-style Kabbalat Shabbat will begin at 6 p.m. A traditional Shabbat dinner will follow.
“Niggun Halev: Melody of the Heart” is the theme for Shabbat morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21. Warshawsky will lead a music-filled Shabbat morning service that will include musical teaching. Afterward, everyone is invited to enjoy Shabbat lunch and stay for “Prayer Song” at 12:45 p.m. This hourlong session of songs and stories will include highlights from Warshawsky’s “Chaverai Nevarech” project. His Shabbat appearance is sponsored by the Menasche and Sara Haar Fund.
The highlight of Warshawsky’s visit to Detroit will be Saturday night, Sept. 21, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Joined by his band, the rabbi’s concert will include new melodies and classical Jewish hits, audience participation and inspiration for the upcoming High Holidays. This concert is free and open to the community thanks to the Regina and Walter Litt Jewish Music Fund.
The familiar sounds of the High Holidays will be heard at 10:45 p.m. with Selichot, a contemplative service full of High Holiday themes and music. Presented in partnership with Adat Shalom Synagogue, Congregation Beth Ahm, Congregation Beth Shalom, B’nai Israel Synagogue, Congregation B’nai Moshe, Congregation Shaarey Zedek, Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue and Hazon Detroit, the community will enter the High Holiday season together.
Advanced registration for Friday dinner is due by Sept.16. $25 per adult; children 18 and under are sponsored by the Nadis Family Fund. To register, visit cbahm.org/event/warshawsky or call (248) 851-6880. Hear Rabbi Josh Warshawsky’s music on iTunes, Spotify and through his website joshwarshawsky.com.