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Artist in Residence Joe Buchanan


In February, we will welcome our Artist-in-Residence, Joe Buchanan to Temple Sinai. Rabbi Shields notes that he connected for the first time with Joe in 2009 through the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. His shul was one of Buchanan’s first gigs and he found in Joe a kindred spirit. Our wonderful Cantorial Soloist, Ruthie Lipshulch, met Joe this past year at a musical conference. Their shared appreciation of this phenomenal musician, but importantly Mensch, led to him joining us at Sinai the weekend of February 23-25. As he is described on his website, Joe’s music is “grounded in the idea that there is always room at the table.” We each in our own way, as Joe writes, “highlight the values, Torah, and history of the Jewish people to deliver stories steeped in the struggle and triumph of the human spirit, all while praising God for the goodness in life.” There will be a number of opportunities over the course of the weekend and we encourage you to come to as many as you can. Take a cruise through his website:


Friday, February 23 / 6:00PM
Erev "Down Home" Shabbat (Free) 

Gather up for a night of down-home celebration as we welcome in Shabbat with country artist, Joe Buchanan. Boots and hats are welcome! This country-infused Shabbat service is for everyone!

Friday, February 23 / 7:00PM
Shabbat Dinner ($30/pp)

We’ll carry our down home Shabbat through the evening with a catered BBQ dinner at Temple Sinai.

Saturday, February 24 / 9:00AM
Musical Shabbat Minyan (Free)

Saturday, February 24 / 10:30AM 
Kiddush Brunch (following 9:00AM Shabbat Morning Minyan) ($18/pp)

Choosing to be Chosen: Join us after Shabbat Morning Minyan for a special talk called "Choosing to be Chosen." After being married for 13 years, Joe's wife revealed that she was Jewish as they stood on the steps of the Holocaust museum in D.C. What came next changed their lives. Joe will share the incredible story of his family's journey home to Judaism, the struggles that followed, and what it's like to Choose to be Chosen. Q&A will follow.

Saturday, February 24 / 6:00PM
Havdalah Concert (Free) 

Settle in for a special Havdalah service and concert of original Jewish country music with Joe. He'll share music from his first two albums, several new songs, and stories from 10 years of choosing to be Jewish.

Sunday, February 25 / 10:00AM
A Cup O'Joe with Joe (Free)

Come for a coffee and schmooze with our Artist in Residence!

Sunday, February 25 / 10:45AM
Workshop: The Paths and Ways to Judaism (Free)

Cost for Sponsorship is $200.
Sponsorship includes:
  • (2) tickets to ALL weekend programming and meals
  • A special cocktail reception with Joe Buchanan before Saturday's Havdalah Concert
  • Reserved seating
  • Your name / family name mentioned on program materials
Please consider making a donation to our Artist in Residence Fund to keep programs like this one going! Your generosity is greatly appreciated. 
Mon, July 15 2024 9 Tammuz 5784