Letting the female voice be heard in song

Spotlight on Women (Bama L’Isha) is an initiative providing a special outlet that allows female performers to shine.

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July 21, 2017 21:18
Ana Elya

Spotlight artist Ana Elya (second from left), who sings as well as plays guitar and drums, with the Adamama choir. (photo credit: JUDITH HARPAZ)

 
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 Kol isha, literally meaning “the voice of a woman,” is the halachic prohibition of women singing in front of men who are not immediate family members, for fear that the allure of a woman singing will distract men from their studies of the Torah. This law limiting the artistic and emotional expression of Jewish woman has existed for thousands of years.

But Spotlight on Women (Bama L’Isha) is an initiative providing a special outlet that allows female performers to shine. A nonprofit organization started by Annie Orenstein and Rochel Grundman in 2010, Spotlight on Women creates opportunities for Israeli women to showcase their performing artistic talents through open mic performances, workshops and sponsorship.

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