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Jewish Music as an Intercultural Bridge with Moshe Denburg

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For millennia, Jewish people lived as global wanderers among alien cultures. To preserve their unique identity, foreign elements have continuously been integrated into their music, creating a new intercultural synthesis that transcends the limits of geography.

On Sunday February 7th, The Kolot Mayim Lecture series presents Moshe Denburg, composer, performer and author of Jewish Music: An Overview. We welcome you to join Moshe on our Zoom platform as he explores the global tributaries of Jewish music through live vocals and guitar and recordings of his famous Vancouver-based band, Tzimmes. 

As that name suggests, the music you will learn about and hear is a sweet “stew” that reflects our guest’s worldwide travels, especially his studies in Israel, India and Japan. Moshe is committed to presenting Jewish Music in its many styles and languages incorporating European Klezmer, Mid-Eastern Sephardi, and North American Folk influences in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and English.

Hailing from a well-known Montreal rabbinical family, Moshe Denburg moved to the West Coast in 1982. He started Tzimmes in 1986 after studying composition at the University of Victoria. He also founded the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO) and has written many large scale compositions that bring together the instrumental and musical resources of many cultures.

Kolot Mayim  is offering a six-part series of speakers on the theme of Building Bridges: Language, song and story. All talks are on Zoom from 11:00 AM -12:15 PM on the first Sunday of each month from November to May (excluding April).


Welcome to Kolot Mayim – Vancouver Island’s Reform Temple

“Kolot Mayim is my religious home. It is a small, caring community. I love the music and content of the reform service.” Richard Weiss

People gathered at the ocean in September 2019
Tashlich with Rabbi Lynn Greenhough September 2019

Kolot Mayim welcomes all Jewish people, their family members, and anyone interested in Jewish culture, practice, spirituality and community. We are an inclusive, warm and welcoming congregation; deeply committed to the Reform Movement’s 1999 platform which states:

“Our doors are open to people of all ages, to varied kinds of families, to all regardless of their sexual orientation, to gerim (those who have converted to Judaism) and to all individuals and families, including the intermarried who strive to create a Jewish home.”


With the values of the Reform Movement as our inspiration, Kolot Mayim has become the spiritual home to families and individuals that previously struggled to find a place where they belonged. There are no barriers for anyone regardless of their level of Jewish knowledge, observance or practice. We trust that when you join us, you too will feel at home. Our weekly services, High Holy Days, and special events are held at the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria, (JCC) 3636 Shelbourne Street, Victoria B.C. Canada.

We invite you to connect with us online or in person, and look forward to meeting you! 

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Kolot Mayim Reform Temple is a beneficiary of the United Jewish Appeal campaign of the Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island. We encourage our members to support this annual campaign.