A Singing Circle is an opportunity for a community to experience the uplifting and inspiring power of music through singing together. Song is a reflection of self, of life, of culture. The Jewish tradition is rich in its melodic offerings, from the playful to the soulful; it positions music as a central form of cultural expression and connection.

Yet, many of us have little opportunity to learn and sing the songs of this rich, age-old tradition. Allowing them to fade from our psyches we have neglected the purest and most expressive form of human sharing.

Temple of Song re-positions song as a means of expression, as a vehicle for creation, and as the soul of our community. Weaving prayers, original texts and compositions with more heartfelt and upbeat arrangements, together we will rediscover one of the most unique and profound of human faculties – the voice. We will sing again!

While many of the songs will be familiar, it is not necessary to know them or understand Hebrew. The transliterated text will be provided so that everyone is able to participate.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn some of the most loved Hebrew songs, as well as experience the pure elation and joy of singing together, even if you've never sung before.

Join acclaimed vocalists and instrumentalists, Avishai, Amir and Shai as they offer some of the most poignant and moving traditional Hebrew songs and nigunim of all time. Playing in Middle-Eastern and Klezmer bands across the globe, including the internationally renowned Israeli band Sheva, their beautiful, haunting renditions of sacred songs will stir your heart and feed your soul.

From the rolling hills of Mullumbimby all the way to Melbourne, Temple of Song will take you on an unforgettable journey through time and the great Hebrew music tradition. Join us in song!


About the team

Amir Paiss and Avishai Barnatan (formerly members of Israeli band Sheva) are co-founders of HAMSA, playing an uplifting blend of traditional Hebrew and Klezmer mixed with Middle Eastern inspirations at festivals and events around Australia.

For Temple of Song they are joined by Shai Shriki to make the HAMSA TRIO. Temple of song is inspired by more than 20 years of participating in, and facilitating singing circles around the world.

"When one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, …or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world." Pete Seeger

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