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Joy Serves G*d in Joy as a passionate performing percussionist, poet, publisher, photographer, publicist, sound healer, spiritual guide, artist, gardener and Gemini. "Ivdu Et Hashem B'Simcha" -Psalm 100:2 ....... Joy Krauthammer, active in the Jewish Renewal, Feminist, and neo-Chasidic worlds for over three decades, kabbalistically leads Jewish women's life-cycle rituals. ... Workshops, and Bands are available for all Shuls, Sisterhoods, Rosh Chodeshes, Retreats, Concerts, Conferences & Festivals. ... My kavanah/intention is that my creative expressive gifts are inspirational, uplifting and joyous. In gratitude, I love doing mitzvot/good deeds, and connecting people in joy. In the zechut/merit of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, I mamash love to help make our universe a smaller world, one REVEALING more spiritual consciousness, connection, compassion, and chesed/lovingkindness; to make visible the Face of the Divine... VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE and enjoy all offerings.... For BOOKINGS write: joyofwisdom1 at gmail.com, leave a COMMENT below, or call me. ... "Don't Postpone Joy" bear photo montage by Joy. Click to enlarge. BlesSings, Joy

Workshop History Archives


ספירת העומר
Joyously Prepare for 49 Days
from Passover & liberation to Shavuot & revelation

Kabbalistic Spiritual workshop with
 Joy Krauthammer & Rabbi Miriam Hamrell

Ahavat Torah Congregation
Shabbos, March 30, April 13, April 20, 2014 
9 am-9:45 a.m.   Please be on Joy Time / early.
and stay for 10 a.m. Shabbat services (held every week)
Bring your favorite Omer Calendar.

343 Church Lane, L.A. 90049
No fee.  Bring a friend.    310-362-1111    Free parking in lot.
(Chapel located 5 blocks south of Sunset Blvd., adjacent to West side of 405 Freeway.)

Sephirat HaOmer class display

Silver plate holds symbolic healing objects from Torah's Parshat Metsorah:
Birds, Cedar wood, Scarlet thread, Hyssop, Spring Water in Earthen vessel.
Joy's Sephirot talleisim, Omer Calendars, Counting Omer guide books, Omer art, Omer pendants,
 collected teachings since 1990.
  © Joy Krauthammer  

In Ahavat Torah's Shabbat class, April 20th, 9 am, offered by Joy Krauthammer on the Kabbalistic understanding of Sefirat HaOmer-- through a joyous poetic dance entitled, "I Am A Holy Vessel", Joy expresses her spiritual life through the lens of Sephirot / Divine Emanations of the Holy One (which as human beings created B'Tzelem Elokim / in G*d's image), we embody. 

Joy hopes that her shared expression inspires others to review thoughtfully in any creative ARTS form, their own character traits-- emotions and actions in ways of involvement with G*d, community and self.
Dance, drum, write, paint, play, photograph, sculpt, and sing your soul.

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American Jewish University
15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel Air, CA 90077
March 18, 2012, 10am - 12:30pm


ספירת העומר
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Sephirat HaOmer teachings on the day's energies:

Healing Remedies and Singing Bowls Meditation

Spiritual workshop 
Rabbi Miriam Hamrell & Joy Krauthammer, spiritual percussionist
Omer Day 22, Chesed sh B'Netzach

Ahavat Torah Congregation
343 Church Lane, L.A. 90049  310-362-1111  

RSVP Registration:

Bring a friend.    Bring a mat or pillow to lie down, if you like. 
 Free parking in lot.
(Chapel located 5 blocks south of Sunset Blvd., adjacent to West side of 405 Freeway.)

Jewish Wisdom & Wellness ~ Week of Learning

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Praying for HEALING, Praying for Mercy and Singing Bowls

join Rabbi Ahud Sela and Joy Krauthammer
Omer Day 26  Netzach sh B'Netzach

Temple Ramat Zion, Northridge, CA
17655 Devonshire Street, Northridge, CA 91325   818 360-1881

RSVP Registration:

Burning Bush to Torah

Voice of the Holy One heard at Burning Bush

 Burning Bush
© Joy Krauthammer

Exodus 12:13, 12:15, 12:27, 13:3, 15:20
Torn paper
by © Joy Krauthammer

Chag Sameach
art and collage by © Joy Krauthammer 

Revelation Goal on Mount Sinai is TORAH
Torah license plate owned by Rebbetzin Betty Wagner Kramer, z"l
© Joy Krauthammer

My most precious inheritance from my beloved Grandma Ethel, z"l, is her miniature TORAH
(and her paintings of G*d's world).
1"w x 3"tall ark x 1/2" deep
© Joy Krauthammer
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Following a warning, frogs were the 2nd of 10 Divine plagues set upon Egypt by G*d when Pharaoh refused to free the Hebrews from slavery.  - Pesach Haggadah

G*d said that “through this you will know that I am G*d."

Garden of Joy Frog
© Joy Krauthammer 

Costa Rica Frog
© Joy Krauthammer 

Maryland Frog
© Joy Krauthammer 

Frog on Grapefruit
© Joy Krauthammer 

Seder Frogs
© Joy Krauthammer 



From Torah Parshat Emor

"Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you come to the Land which I am giving you, and you reap its hearvest, you shall bring to the Kohen an Omer of the beginning of your reaping." - Leviticus 23:10

"And he shall wave the Omer brfore G*d so that it will be aceptable for you; the Kohen shall wave it on the day after the rest day."
Leviticus 23:11

“And you shall count for yourselves – from the day after the morrow of the rest day (Shabbat Pesach), from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving -- seven shabbats / weeks; they shall be complete.
Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days...”
- Leviticus 23:15-16

“You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks.
Then you will observe the Festival of Shavuot for YHVH, your G-d”
- Deuteronomy 16:9-10


"Deeper than the wisdom to create is the wisdom to repair.
And so, G*d built failure into the world, so that G*d could give Man the deepest wisdom:
The wisdom to repair."   - The Rebbe, Rabbi M. M. Schneerson

"The book of Formation (סֵפֶר יְצִירָה), the earliest Kabbalistic text, which is attributed to Abraham, reveals the secrets of creation according to the ten sefirot (סְפִירוֹת; sing. סְפִירָה, identical to “counting”)."   - Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

"The 49 day period of Sfiras Ha'Omer is classically divided in two. The first is the 32 days until Lag b'Omer and the second is the 17 remaining days until Shavuos, when we celebrate the Reception of Torah. These have the numerical equivalents of the Hebrew for "Good Heart," Lev (heart) =32 and Tov (good) = 17. In other words, receiving the Torah requires BOTH profound personal feeling (lev) and objective goodness (tov)."   - Rabbi Yaacov Yisroel Bar-Chaiim

"There could be a freeman with the spirit of the slave, and there could be a slave with a spirit full of freedom; whoever is faithful to his self – he is a freeman, and whoever fills his life only with what is good and beautiful in the eyes of others – he is a slave."  - Rav Abraham Isaac Kook

I express my spirituality also during the Omer time through the ARTS. - Joy
Adin Steinsaltz offers: Bezalel's Creativity: Art as an Expression of the Divine
God chooses Bezalel to build the sanctuary in the desert because he was filled with "the spirit of God."
Explore God's role as creator and its implications for humankind, as we are created "in the image of God." 
Can an appreciation for artistic creativity bring us closer to the divine? 
How can art be used as a medium for spiritual development?

I am grateful that YOU are sharing or have shared the journey with me along the Tree of Life.
Thank you for visiting.  I always look forward to reading your comments.
- BlesSings,  Joy Krauthammer

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by Yda  ©

Ivdu Et HaShem B'Simcha
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