My mission is to bring people together through the power of music. – Ramón Tasat


Ramón Tasat with Ninet Tayeb at the Israeli Embassy’s  Yom Haatzmaut Celebration at the Andrea Mellon Auditorium on the Mall, Washington, D.C., May 3, 2017

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LeArtzi Yesh Yom Huledet: Israel’s 70th Through Music

Hosted by The Foundation for Jewish Studies

Kol Shalom, 9110 Darnestown Rd, Rockville, Maryland 20850

Join Hazzan Dr. Ramón Tasat and his guest artists for afternoon of musical celebration!

Experience the transformation of the State of Israel over the past seven decades – through music. From Amos Barzel’s “Am Yisrael,” describing Israel from a child’s point of view, to Aviv Geffen’s “La-netzah Ahi,” the anthem dedicated to soldiers lost in Lebanon and later used to memorialize Yitzchak Rabin, Cantor Ramón Tasat will lead us on a musical journey celebrating the State of Israel.

Reflect upon the history and fill your senses with the incredible beauty and diversity of Israeli culture in this afternoon of melody!

Advance Tickets
$18 for Friends of the Foundation
$21 for the General Public

$25 at the Door

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From the Washington Jewish Week, BY :

Concert to trace Israel’s 70 years

Ramón Tasat gets emotional when he talks about Israel. His eyes moisten, his voice cracks. The cantor at Shirat HaNefesh’s passion isn’t simply for the place. It’s also for the idea.

“I’m a very passionate Zionist, in case you can’t tell,” he says, sitting at the dining room table of his Silver Spring apartment. “And while I disagree with many of the political postures of the state of Israel, I find the creation of the state of Israel is one of the greatest miracles of our existence.”

That miracle, and the history that has transpired since, is what he’ll try to convey through music Sunday, when he performs at Kol Shalom in Rockville in celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary. The concert is sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Studies.

The sextet (Tasat, plus a percussionist, pianist, cellist, violinist and flutist) will borrow from songs well-known and not, but the arrangements are all original, Tasat says. And while the concert will offer snapshots of life in Israel and the country’s history, the style will be notably diasporic, with Jewish musical traditions from Greece, Portugal, Brazil and elsewhere.

See the whole article on the WJW site…

“I want people to feel like, after these 90 minutes, that something has opened.

I don’t know if it’s the gates of heaven, or the gates of their hearts,”

Ramón Tasat

Like Jewish music? Want to get involved? Choose your area of interest. You are invited to participate

Kolot HaLev: Love of Learning and Singing

A Community Choir — Ramón Tasat, Musical Director

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Kolot HaLev website

K olot HaLev (Voices of the Heart) is an independent community choral group focusing on Jewish choral music in the Washington-Baltimore metropolitan area, regardless of congregational or religious affiliation. There are no requirements other than a desire to sing and a commitment to a regular rehearsals and performances. Kolot HaLev holds rehearsals on Thursdays.

Shirat Hanefesh: Diverse, Spiritual, Joyful

An independent synagogue community — Ramón Tasat, Cantor

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Shirat Hanefesh website

S ervices at Shirat HaNefesh bring folks from many backgrounds together to seek a meaningful connection with one another, with their Jewish heritage and people, and with God. Tap the wellsprings of Jewish tradition, ancient and modern, Sephardic and Ashkenazi. We welcome everyone to our synagogue community.

Our weekly Shabbat services (Fridays at 7 pm, except First Friday at 6:30 pm, and Saturdays at 9:30 am)  are intimate and filled with uplifting music and spiritual inspiration.

Rehearsing with the Shirat HaNefesh Instrumental Ensemble

Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music

A Forum for Composers of Jewish Sacred Music — Ramón Tasat, President

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Shalshelet website

T he mission of Shalshelet is to enhance spirituality and build community through the creation and dissemination of Jewish sacred music. It has the power to link Jews across all denominations. It can provide fresh insight and depth, enriching the spiritual lives of Jews and non-Jews alike. Dr. Tasat, who serves as president of Shalshelet, can introduce you to the world of Jewish new music. Learn how to contribute your artistic efforts.

A potpourri of views and impressions about Shalshelet.