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April 18, 2024 April Soul Sounds:
Until Love Pleases: Piyutim of Shir HaShirim and Pesah

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  • location Hebrew College
    Musicant Cohen Center for Performing Arts
    1860 Washington Street
    Newton, MA 02466
  • cost $5-$36
  • organizer Hebrew College
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Until Love Pleases: Piyutim of Shir HaShirim and Pesah

Featuring Yoni Battat, Anat Halevy Hochberg, Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer, and Fabio Pirozzolo

“I adjure you, O maidens of Jerusalem!
If you meet my beloved, tell him this:
That I am sick with love.”

Join Anat, Yoni, Jessica for a night of piyyutim (liturgical poetry) inspired by the Pesah season and the Song of Songs. Weaving melodies from Mizrahi traditions, as well as Hasidic and contemporary music, you will enter the garden, ready for Pesah, Spring, and love.

6:30 p.m. — Doors open. Light refreshments available
7:00 p.m. — Concert begins

Event organizational partners: Base Boston and campus partner Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts).


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Thank you to our Series Underwriters

The Rita J. and Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation
Kavod Boston and the Kavod Jews of Color, Indigenous Jews, Sephardi, and Mizrahi Caucus (JOCISM)
Suzanne Priebatsch
Susan and James Snider
The William Davidson Foundation and The Wexner Foundation


Our Musicians

Yoni BattatYoni Battat is a classically trained violist, with a Bachelor’s from Brandeis University and Master’s from Boston University. Since completing his degrees, he has appeared with several orchestras and chamber ensembles, such as the New Haven Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Juventas Ensemble, and ALEA III. Yoni is also the core violist of VSNY, a mixed chamber group that performs new works alongside celebrated masterpieces. Attracting a diverse audience base, VSNY has received high praise for their casual and accessible concert environment, and their exciting programming.

Anat HochbergAnat Halevy Hochberg (she/her) is a musician, teacher, and ritual leader based in Boston. Her passions include leading song, empowering others to raise their voices, and working to reclaim the Yemenite melodies of her heritage. She has taught and led ritual at Eden Village Camp, Let My People Sing!, Hadar’s Rising Song Intensive, and Linke Fligl. She co-produced Tishrei: the end is the beginning and Elul: Songs for Turning, and her debut album How can I keep (from) singing? was released in 2020. Learn more about her work at

Jessica Kate MeyerJessica Kate Meyer `14, Hebrew College Rosh Tefillah & Artist-in-Residence, is a prayer leader, storyteller, vocalist, and rabbi, who served as rabbi-hazzan at Romemu in NYC, and most recently, at The Kitchen in San Francisco. She has studied sacred Jewish music with masters from Ashkenazi and Mizrahi traditions and has performed as a vocalist with ensembles in the United States and Israel. In a previous life, Jessica appeared in film, theater, and television projects in Europe and the United States: most notably, as a principal role in the Oscar-winning film, The Pianist.

drummerFabio Pirozzolo is an Italian drummer, multi-percussionist and singer currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally from Terracina, Italy, he started his career as a folk percussionist, playing Italian frame drums tamburello and tammorra, in one of the most famous folk groups in his area. Fabio performs in virtually any genre of music from jazz to world music to rock. He’s the co-founder of the world music ensembles Sawaari and Grand Fatilla and Italian folk music ensemble Newpoli. Fabio is currently the drummer for Vanessa Trien and The Jumping Monkeys and the Union United Methodist Church Band. He’s also the percussionist for Revma Greek Ensemble and Musaner. He taught master classes at Berklee, Harvard and Tufts University.

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