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Beth Ahabah Happenings


Shabbaton with Elana Jagoda Kaye and Saul Kaye

Congregation Beth Ahabah was thrilled to welcome musicians-in-residence Elana Jagoda Kaye and Saul Kaye Jan. 13-15!

The weekend began as the couple added their musical stylings to the congregation’s Erev Shabbat services on Friday, Jan. 15.

The following morning, Elana Jagoda Kaye led a special Tot Shabbat program complete with grape juice, challah, a story, a plush Torah parade, and lots of singing and dancing by attendees of all ages.

The event concluded with Tot Shabbat staples—snacks and bouncy house fun!

That afternoon, Saul Kaye taught a guitar workshop for Beth Ahabah members and guests. In addition to learning some music theory and guitar tips, attendees had the chance to listen to—and play—their song requests.

Saturday evening’s Havdalah Concert Honoring MLK Day was the focal point of the weekend.

The 90-minute concert featured a variety of musical influences including blues, folk, and pop.  The performance highlighted each musician’s original compositions as well as their versions of existing songs and music written for Torah and prayer-inspired lyrics. Saul Kaye spoke of his family’s roots in South Africa and shared stories and a song based upon their experiences. Elana Jagoda Kaye shared her recent compositions that reflected the world around her—including the COVID-19 pandemic and a quote from social media.

The weekend concluded with concerts for our Religious School students and their families, as well as a special closing T’filah service to end the morning.

To learn more about the musicians and their music, please visit their websites.

Elana Jagoda Kaye: https://elanajagoda.com/

Saul Kaye: https://www.saulkaye.com/

Upcoming Events

Friday, Feb. 24 — Beth Ahabah is excited to welcome the community to an Erev Shabbat service featuring the Beth Ahabah Choir and the Greater Richmond Children’s Choir.

Sunday, March 5 — Join us in Beth Ahabah’s Goldburg Auditorium for a Beach Boys-themed Purimshpiel!

The pre-show reception starts at 6 p.m., with the performance starting at 6:30 p.m. No tickets or RSVPs are required. It’s “shore” to be a fun evening!