Blue Garb - hospital

IV aches in my hand. My mom and I wait. My dad is outside reading his book. Vivian (30+years as a nurse) and her younger counterpart whose name escapes me now attend beautifully. We wait. Andrea calls. Friends send texts of love and well wishes. I remove my clothing and dress for the first time […]

Aviva Chernick and Joel Schwartz playing A Ti España

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Love and yearning for homeland.
The story of exile embedded in the cells of those who came after, even these 500 years on.

Music by my nona Flory Jagoda and poetry by the late Abraham Capon.

September 2016 News


Shana Tova blessings!

Its here, the New Year with changing light and leaves and honey and apples and, squash soup eaten together around the table.

This music is a gift for you, to accompany you through the last moments of the month of Elul and into the fall and 5777. To dwelling! L’chaim and Shana Tova!

The Present: Preparing for High Holy Days
Looking Forward: More music, meditation, and prayer
Upcoming Dates: San Francisco, Toronto, & the Bahamas
Looking Back: Aviva’s Sabbatical
Saying Goodbye to Jaffa Road

All My Days


A melodic companion for the month of Elul.

Saying Goodbye to Jaffa Road


In 2002, I went for a lunch date that changed my life. Aubrey Glazer told me that Aaron Lightstone and I should meet. We sat down together and little did I know that together we would create a band that would become my musical home for over a decade. We began making music. I had […]

Return, Renew, Repair: Elul Newsletter


Shana Tova and blessings for all that is new again. Click here to view the latest newsletter.  

Esta Montaña – Live from the Small World Music Festival

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Esta Montaña.
“I want to discover the secrets of my life. I will use the sea as ink, the sky as paper and the quills off the tress as my pens.”

Filmed at the Small World Music Festival, with Joel Schwartz, as part of Cover Me Global, October 2014.

Front page of the Saturday Arts Section – a homecoming

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James Reaney of the London Free Press did a lovely spread on our  homecoming show at the Aeolian Hall. My first big concert hall concert was at this very hall in March, 2006. I returned with Tania Gill on piano and Andrew Downing on bass again just after we released the first album, In the […]

Tehilah 2.0 Celebrating Music and Prayer

Celebrating music and prayer.

This is happening. A few years ago it was an imagining, last year it was a revival and this year…soon to be discovered.

Modah Ani Live at the Ashkenaz Festival

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Modah Ani – Grateful Am I.
Full band. Full house. Complete joy.

Live from the 2014 Ashkenaz Festival, Harboufront Centre Theatre, Toronto, Canada.

Adon Olam

Finding a gem within a gem. Rehearsing with Joel for this favourite traditional Yemenite melody, we uncovered a treasure of a new song waiting to be played. Listen for it at the end. This is the first time this rendition and new melody are being heard. Filmed at the Small World Music Centre, October 2014.

Small World collaboration already begun


This is happening now, Small World music festival. In the 10 days of returning, I am also preparing with these fabulous people; Drew Gonsalves, Donne Roberts and Lisa Patterson to collaborate and share music for the closing night of the festival. Finally chosen my Canadian classic as it occurred to me that my favourite 80 […]

Chadesh Yameinu (Turn Your Face to the Sun)

Live at Harbourfront Centre Theatre as part of the Ashkenaz Festival, August 2014, Toronto, Canada.

Modah Ani trio video

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This video was posted as a teaser days before the Ashkenaz festival in August. It was at that concert that we unveiled the new tune played in its sunny fullness by all seven of us. The trio video was shot by Joel Schwartz’s iPhone in his living room.   It is Nabil Amarshi on Bass, […]

The bow shot

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August 30th at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, one of the first marquee shows of this 2014 Ashkenaz Festival. Full house, with a warm and energetic standing ovation.

New group photos


Photo credit by the fabulous Eric Benchimol found at We had a whole plan for the outside shoot, across from Joel’s place and down the street. We had the requisite number of Indy band fences scoped out. Then, it rained. Inside we went. Luckily, Eric’s place had a couch that matched with us so we […]

Halleluyah live

Halleluyah live


My favourite psalm…..150.
Reminds me of deep gratitude, like I felt the day we played this tune in West Bloomfield.

Sun streaming in the windows, audience singing along, music feeling so fine.


Live at Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, Michigan. April 6th, 2014

Chadesh Yameinu live

Chadesh Yameinu live

Chadesh Yameinu K’kedem (Turn Your Face to the Sun)
Fitting for this particular springtime.

Temple Israel, West Bloomfield, Michigan. April 6th, 2014

Halleluyah – Aviva and Joel at Gospel Sunday

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Joy is ringing out here as Joel Schwartz and I play our last tune for a glorious Gospel Sunday, hosted by Ken Whiteley.

Tehilah – The first symposium video launches


Monday morning January 13th.

ME to Carlos: I had this wonderful dream. I was there. You were there. My mom and dad were there and there were about 100 other bright faces there to partake. People were deeply engaged with each other in conversations about prayer. Prayer leaders shared their own musical compositions and there was lots of singing.

Hallelujah – Live in the Backyard

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Hallelujah. This is my favourite psalm, the final one, #150. Sing gratitude to the Divine here, there, in the backyard, with Carlos and Joel, with guitar, with a chorus of cicadas on the last hot day of September.

Mundial Montreal — an amazing musical adventure

A perfect way to spend the middle of November is in Montreal, a city which always seems to be thriving with arts and culture, food, fashion and all yummy things. The few days I spent at the Mundial Montreal conference were no different. Gathered were some of the best Canadian World Music projects on the go […]

Radio Interview on Ralph Benmergui’s New Sabbath Project

Rainbow Shabbat by Judy Chicago

Earlier this year I was invited by Ralph Benmergui to do an interview on his New Sabbath Project show on CIUT Radio.  He invited me to come and speak about my new devotional music project at the time called The Prayer Project and now called AVIVA. We spoke about growing up in the synagogue, with family […]



It is indeed as magnificent as everybody said it would be. I just returned from a week in Brazil where I was playing with Jaffa Road at Kleztival in São Paulo. Great music, delicious food, warm and welcoming folk. We even played to a lovely crowd in the subway station. Thank you to Nicole and […]