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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

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I would love to play 
and bring my 

to your upcoming pre-Pesach Women's Seder,
Rosh Chodesh, Sisterhood, Malavah Malkah,
Bat Mitzvah, Simchat Chochmah
and life-cycle celebrations.

Have Timbrel Will Travel

Add joyous sound to your celebration of freedom.

We women are responsible for the redemption.
"In the merit of righteous women of that generation were the Children of Israel redeemed from Egypt."  (and given the holiday of Rosh Chodesh)
Babylonian Talmud, (Sotah 11b)

As it was in the redemption from Egypt, so too it will be with the final redemption, that
 "In the Merit of the Righteous Women We Will Be Redeemed!"  (Midrash Ruth)

"Serving the Holy One With Joy", as percussionist, I am a conduit for transmission to draw down energy to illuminate praise, prayer and Torah.

To BOOK TIMBRELS of JOY, best to write a private COMMENT in the comment box below, or
write to me at joyofwisdom1 'at' gmail.com
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Joy's musical bio can be read on link:


Joy teaches Miriyahm HaNeviah:

BlesSings for liberation from mitzrayim, and for joyous simchas,

"Miriam the Prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels & dances."
Exodus 15:20

The righteous women of the generation were certain that the Holy One would perform miracles for them, so they prepared tambourines and dances while still in Egypt. - Rashi

"Praise G*d with Timbrel ..." Psalm 150


Spiritual people share their thoughts about Joy Krauthammer and her gift of music:

"Joy uplifts the spirit through her ecstatic drumming and timbrels as she plays for the Glory of G*d. A Jewish woman, with her heart as wide as the ocean, Joy cares deeply about her People and all of humanity."
- Reb Hesha Abrams, Dallas, Texas

"Many recite the words Psalm 150, 'Praise G*d with the Drums ...'
I know only a few people who really drum for G*d's sake; Joy Krauthammer is among the the first of them."
- Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, co-author of "Jewish With Feeling"

"Joy Krauthammer has added her skillful percussion and her exuberance to my Shir Ecstasy, Jospel workshops at both Kallah and Ruach HaAretz concerts, helping the choir to reach ecstatic heights."
- Sharon Alexander, Director, Shir Ecstasy Jospel Choir

"Joy weaves spiritual depth, world rhythms, and powerful healing into each musical journey. She can rattle you into healing or deep self realization. Enjoy the rhythm!"
- Christine Stevens, Director, REMO Drum's Health Rhythms; author, Healing Drum Kit

"Joy is a consummate musician and has a profound passion and energy for her work. When Joy brings in her percussion instruments and participates for the last nine years in our Lev Eisha women's services, she adds layers of spirituality, joy and fun.
"Her music, and presence adds a deep abiding spiritual dimension to our service.
"Joy's playing, and her ecstatic spirit and joyous personality add so much to Lev Eisha, and we would not be the same without her. Always reliable, she is consistently adding energy to our prayers enabling us to dance and sing at all our services. We love joy."
- Rabbi Toba August, Lev Eisha, Adat Shalom. Academy of Jewish Religion, LA.

"Joy, Gila Rena Tzohara, is Mamash Gevaldt; Double Joy and Light, my sweetest percussionist and holy sister."
"The holiest part of your body are your hands because they reach the highest."
- Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, of blessed memory,
 legendary composer, singer, the "dancing rebbe", recording artist, guitarist, Torah scholar.

Playing intuitively from her heart and soul, "Joy's music is part of the universal song to the One Creator, Source of All Life."
- Reb Yosef Ben Shlomo Hakohen, Jerusalem, Israel

"Joy, a woman with a deep soul, is playing for the congregations to help bring them to praise the Source of All Blessings. ...Joy has a faith gene and her soul resonates with the beauty in all the places she goes to."
- Roberto Loiederman, LA Jewish Journal

"Joy performed a heart opening/awakening, and ethereal piece on Tibetan and crystal singing bowls. My heart chakra was activated and it was deeply moving. Joy is an eclectic mix of gypsy, faery, and angel, and her music shimmers just like her lavender, gold-speckled scarves."
- Kris Oster, Producer, Gaia Festival

"Your drum beat is like a heart beat and excitement; when you are playing, I feel like it is you enveloping all of us in your loving arms.
You radiate warmth and love and make others feel so comfortable. Thank you for being your beautiful soulful self. You are a precious being."
- Debbie Friedman, acclaimed singer, composer

"Beautiful Joy! 
You embody the spirit and power of the Frame Drumming Goddess."
Love you dearly,
Kris Oster, Mermaid musician mythologist



Photo Gallery of Joy Krauthammer

Timbrel of Joy
© Linda Badger

Ruach HaAretz

Lev Eisha

Heschel Day School

B'nai Horin

Ahavat Torah

Makom Ohr Shalom



Jewish Home for Aged

A.J. Heschel Day School

World Festival of Music, Joy at the Sunset Sea

Joy and Remo timbrels



Ancient Joy

Open To Wonder band, 
American Jewish University

Makom Ohr Shalom

Jewish Women's Theatre

Young Israel of Northridge

Shomrei Torah Synagogue
Rosh Chodesh



Sounds of Joy 'Balance' the Chakras
Joy's spiritual perucussion
are a balance in sounds and variety.
Balance of natural and man-made materials.

Joy's Miriam timbrels designed by Layne Redmond, obm, for REMO drums. 
N'Shama Minyan 2018
© Joy Krauthammer 

Images of frame drum player, Joy Krauthammer, spiritual descendent of Miriyahm HaNeviah,
playing 24 years in synagogues, women's rituals, and simchas.
Timbrel collage created for Layne Redmond, Joy's first timbrel teacher.
May Layne have true healing knowing her students are women frame drummers-- her life passion!
The teal colored timbrel is Layne's signature REMO drum.
Other timbrels from travel in Morocco and Jamaica and Sibolga, Indonesia
I am grateful for Layne, author of "When the Drummers Were Women."

Joy Krauthammer, Glen Velez, frame drummer

Joy Krauthammer

Joy Krauthammer

Bridal shower simcha
© Aaron Kirsch

Sister Joy at the sea.

Shabbat Shira Sunrise
A Self-Portrait © Joy Krauthammer
These righteous women were confident and knew that G-d would perform miracles and mighty deeds when they left Egypt, so they prepared hand-drums.” (Midrash, Mekhilta Shira 10)
The Israelite women were confident with emuna/faith that G*d would bring them to their freedom, and they did celebrate.  
"Miriam the prophetess, sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand and all the women went forth after her with timbrels and dances."
Torah Parshat B'shalach, Exodus 15:20.

Joyous percussion
© Joy Krauthammer 2017

Joyous percussion
© Joy Krauthammer 2017

Joyous percussion
© Joy Krauthammer 2017

Timbrels painted by Joy Krauthammer

Timbrel silk painting by Joy Krauthammer

Timbrel silk painting by Joy Krauthammer

Timbrel charcoal drawing by Joy Krauthammer

Timbrel painting by Joy Krauthammer
for Pesach

Timbrel painting by Joy Krauthammer
for Pesach

Timbrel painting by Joy Krauthammer
for Pesach

Timbrel, torn paper by Joy Krauthammer

Timbrel torn paper by Joy Krauthammer

Timbrel name tag by Joy Krauthammer

Timbrel image for Joy's business card

Timbrels of Joy 
painting by sister, Arielle

Miriam art and photo collage 
by Joy Krauthammer ©

Miriam Crosses the Yahm Suf with Timbral
digital painting over photo © Joy Krauthammer 

All ART mediums by © Joy Krauthammer
watercolor, charcoal, silk, cotton, torn paper, digital, photo

Timbrel Hebrew calligraphy by friend, EvaLyn

Timbrels of Joy painting by sister, Arielle

PHOTOS of Joy Krauthammer ©  by friends:
Renee' Cohen, Martin Fine, Shuli Grier, Sr. Ann Catherine, 
Ian Kroop, Mark Reden, Deborah Alexander, Louis Raynor, Aaron Kirsch, Marcel K., z'l.


"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything." – Plato

"If a woman does not keep pace with her companions, perhaps it is because she hears a different drummer.
Let her step to the music which she hears, however measured or far away."
- Henry David Thoreau

"...It was a goddess who transmitted to humans the gift of making music. In Sumer and Mesopotamia it was Inanna and Ishtar; in Egypt it was Hathor; in Greece, the nine-fold goddess called the Muse. Musical, artistic and poetic inspiration was always thought to spring from the Divine Feminine. One of the main techniques for connecting to this power of inspiration was drumming.

"The drum was the means our ancestors used to summon the goddess and also the instrument through which she spoke. The drumming priestess was the intermediary between divine and human realms. Aligning herself with sacred rhythms, she acted as summoner and transformer, invoking divine energy and transmitting it to the community...."
- Layne Redmond (Joy's teacher since the late 1980's.) Author, When the Drummers Were Women.
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photos by
Joy Krauthammer, Aviv Russ, Shuli Grier, Louis Raynor, Aaron Kirsch, Mark Reden, Ian Kroop, Marcel Krauthammer, Sarah Barash, Shira Solomon, Leslie Goldman, Sister Ann Catherine/John, Chana Bell


Anonymous said...

Hi Sweet Joy-ness
rhymes with highness

I just had a very fun look at the timbrel blog. What a prodigious body of work you have and are creating. How great to see how you have developed your passion and use it to spread such J-O-Y

Holding you in my heart and prayers,
in Guatemala
~ ~

Elisabeth, do you recall couple decades ago, how you were teaching me musical notes for my dumbek, with your finger marking the early morning moisture on the outside trailer door of Beit Gila at Elat Chayyim, near Woodstock?

Love and BlesSings,

Karen S said...

(Sunset Tibmrel)

Faye said...

(Sunrise Miriam Timbrel)

Aviva said...

(Sunrise Miriam Timbrel)
cool shot.
good contrast between blue sky and sun-like tamberine