Selihot – Monajat with Galeet Dardashti

Co-sponsored by the Block/Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts at JTS.


Friday, August 31

6:30 p.m. Mizrahi Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Dr. Galeet Dardashti, Assistant Professor of Jewish Music and Musician-in-Residence at JTS. A dynamic and participatory Sephardi/Mizrahi service, with beautiful melodies from a range of Middle Eastern and North African Jewish communities. 

7:45 p.m. Shabbat dinner and talk: “Mizrahi Sacred Songs (Piyutim)—From Pulpit to Pop Chart.” Over a catered, kosher Shabbat dinner, Dr. Dardashti, will offer an interactive presentation on Jewish Mizrahi piyut traditions. Study and sing beautiful poetic songs, and gain an understanding of their shifting cultural significance throughout Jewish history and in Israeli pop and rock music today. RSVP required. $15 before August 20; $20 after August 20; free to members of CSH.

Where:  2350 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY

Saturday, September 1

9:30 a.m. Shabbat morning service led by Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, together with Rabbi Michael Boino and JTS Cantorial Student Anna Silverman. Followed by Kiddush.

9:00 p.m. Monajat, Dardashti’s multimedia reimagining of the Selihot ritual inherited from her famed Iranian grandfather. Prepare your heart and soul for the High Holidays with Dr. Dardashti and an acclaimed ensemble of musicians, including Philip Mayer from the Tony Award-winning musical The Band’s Visit; Shanir Blumenkranz (Yemen Blues); Max ZT (House of Waters); and Zafer Tawil (Middle Eastern music virtuoso). RSVP required. $15 per person. 

10:45 p.m. Selihot Service,  an inspirational and participatory service led by Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, together with Rabbi Michael Boino and JTS Cantorial Student Anna Silverman., featuring familiar melodies of the High Holy Days. 

Where:  2350 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY


Monajat re-imagines the Selihot ritual in collaboration with an acclaimed ensemble of musicians, an electronic soundscape, and dynamic live video art. Monajat is a Persian word meaning an intimate dialogue with the Divine. Using Persian melodies and Hebrew texts, the work pays homage to Dardashti’s grandfather, a master Persian classical vocalist. She performs some of the Persian piyutim (liturgical songs) traditionally chanted as part of the Selihot service, as well as other liturgical and non-liturgical Hebrew and Persian poetry set to new music. Through electronics, she defies time and performs with her grandfather.


“Galeet Dardashti brings a unique depth of experience, knowledge, and family history to this meaningful night on the Jewish spiritual calendar. Members of our community were greatly moved by the integrity of her approach, the authenticity of her music and her original presentation—an unforgettable and truly wonderful beginning to the Days of Awe.” —Rabbi Andy Bachman, Congregation Beth Elohim, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Monajat is one of those unforgettable performances that transcends time and space through intergenerational voices and mesmerizing visuals. Dardashti and the accompanying musicians are superb performers whose talents are indeed impressive and inspiring.” —Greg Sandoval, Curator of Public Programs, Fowler Museum, UCLA

“The essential vibe of Galeet Dardashti’s concert was vibrant, alive and indeed exultant—as if to suggest a kind of spiritual empowerment through poetry and singing can be ours for the taking.” —Jordan Elgrably, Levantine Cultural Center