The Heart of Shabbat Ensemble

Led by Rabbi Dov Gartenberg and master jazz musician, Ari Joshua, The Heart of Shabbat Ensemble brings musical depth and richness to Shabbat gatherings in homes all around Seattle. We are a unique ensemble in that we seek to revitalize the tradition of singing around the Sabbath table.  Instrumental music was forbidden to Jews on the Sabbath primarily as an expression of mourning for the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.  However, a Capella singing on Shabbat, especially table songs and beloved melodies characterized Jewish homes over the generations.  With the reappearance of instrumental music in the liberal Jewish movements in the last century, we combine outstanding musicianship to with group singing to restore the vitality of home and table Sabbath song.  Through this music and song we bring “Oneg Shabbat” to Shabbat home gatherings all across Seattle.

The Heart of Shabbat Ensemble can come to your home. Collaborate with us to make a beautiful Shabbat experience that you and your guests will never forget

Samples of our music, click HERE
Our approach to Instrumental Music and Jewish Song, click HERE


Leaders of the Ensemble

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Ari Joshua Zucker is the Music Director of Panim Hadashot-New Faces and the leader of the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble.  Ari was born in Cape Town, South Africa and grew up in Seattle where he received his Jewish education at the Seattle Hebrew Academy and Congregation Beth Shalom. Rabbi Gartenberg was Ari’s teacher and officiated at his Bar Mitzvah.

Ari Joshua graduated in 2001 with a degree in Jazz and Contemporary music from The New School in New York City. Since graduating from college Ari has taught literally thousands of music lessons to people of all ages, styles, and skill levels at his music school, The Music Factory.  He is respected performer and band member in the Seattle jazz scene.

He has been described as “A uniquely diverse palette, the ability to transcend musical languages, masterful technique and a refreshing sense of artistic urgency make Ari Joshua a compelling young musician.”

Experience, humility, patience, and passion for music make Ari a compelling musician and interpreter of the Jazz and of the Jewish musical tradition.

Ensemble Members

We engage several musicians and singers to join the Heart of Shabbat Ensemble.  Ensemble members vary according to the different formats we use and preferences of our hosts.  Below are the names of our ensemble partners who play with us most often.

Matt Sircely, Mandolin

Larry Machlis, Percussion

Daniel Salka, Piano

Tracie Marx, Vocals

Rebekka Goldsmith, Vocals

Craig Judelman, Violin

Tor Dietrickson, Percussion

Hugh Sutton, Accordion

Josh Niehaus, Guitar and Vocals

Chava Mirel, Guitar and Vocals