April 25

7:00 –  9:30 pm

Mercury Cafe

Guests: Rabbi Joe Black and Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz

JCC Festo Festo is a monthly Klezmer and Balkan music concert and community jam session. This month’s Festo Festo will be held at Mercury Cafe and feature Rabbi Joe Black and Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz.

Festo Festo - Hands to the Sky
Rabbi Joe Black with Guitar
Rabbi Joe Black with Guitar and Mic

Rabbi Joe Black

Rabbi Joe Black’s recordings and books have received accolades from sources as diverse as American Songwriter Magazine, The New York Times, , Parent’s Choice, The American Library Journal and Kids First:  The Coalition for Quality Children’s Video. 

He is a two-time winner of American Songwriter Magazine’s Lyric contest. His compositions have been recorded by numerous artists and he and his music are featured in a variety of Contemporary Jewish Music compilation CD’s.   His poetry and prose have been published widely.  As a musician, Joe is known for his guitar virtuosity, soaring voice and lyrics that are at the same time, funny, inspirational, and thought provoking.  His music is an extension of his Rabbinate. After an 18 year hiatus from recording, Joe went back into the studio in December of 2022 and recorded two new albums of original music: Praying With Our Feet  – a collection of Jewish music, and Wire and Wood – new secular songs. He serves as Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Denver, CO – a position he has held since 2011.

Rabbi Deborah

Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz

Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz serves the  Hadar Institute as Director of Tefillah and Music. An educator, practitioner, and facilitator of Jewish communal prayer, Deborah supports individuals and communities – both within Hadar’s beit midrash and beyond – on their journeys into song and tefillah. As a musician, Deborah has partnered creatively with a diverse array of voices in the Jewish soundscape; she has collaborated on over two dozen albums with Rising Song Records and beyond, including her own albums of original spiritual music,  The Narrow and the Expanse (2020) and Yetzira   (2023).  Deborah received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and holds degrees in vocal performance, religious anthropology, and women and gender studies. Learn more about Deborah’s work at www.deborahsacksmintz.com.

Upcoming Festo Festo Dates

No Festo Festo in May because of KlezKolorado

6/27 – Guest: Sass-a-brass

7/25 – TBD

The Alpert Family Foundation

Jane E. Rosenbaum

Moishe House Base Denver
Whole Health Remedies

Interested in sponsoring an upcoming Festo Festo?

Contact Daniel Siegel, Engagement Program Manager, via email.

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This program is offered in partnership with the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center.