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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

Family and Friends

Shot by Joy-Photos in Family and Friends, favorite times in my family's life, but if I'm in them shot by others.  - Joy

Aviva & Brett

Aviva and Mom Joy, Renaissance Faire
velvet hats and ostrich feathers

Aviva, ballet dancer age 9
Darkroom developed, enlarged, printed, matted and hand-colored 
by © Joy Krauthammer  1986
Aviva is now a professional photographer.

When I began my MBA in fall 1986 I decided my BRAIN needed something calm, 
so I began DARKROOM work. By the time I received my MBA I was also a performing percussionis and ceramics teacher at an art school I opened for the City of Los Angeles.
Really needed to balance my brain!

Faye's birthday, Joy, Suzanne
Getty Villa, Malibu

Joy & Marcel, Aviva
Getty Museum

Aviva, Joy & Marcel Krauthammer


Joy & Aviva

Joy & Faye
Thanksgiving 2017

Joy and Marcel Krauthammer wedding

Joy and Aviva

Aviva, Joy and Marcel

Aviva, Joy and Marcel
Talleism by Joy and Ruth
based on Reb Zalman's Rainbow tallit


Joy and Aviva

Joy wearing Mom's necklace

Joy and Marcel

Joy, Faye, Arielle, Aunt Perle
Family Reunion, Maryland, June 2011

Joy's 60th birthday Simchat Chochmah 
Shoshi Tia JOY AriellaShira Judith
Under purple Jacaranda

Aviva, Brett, Joy
& friends
Suzanne, Karen & Brian, Yda & Irwin, Edith, Judy

Judy Guth
Chabad Upsherinsh 
© Joy Krauthammer  6.2016

Judy Guth
loving gift for my new grandchild
few months before Judy died
© Joy Krauthammer   9.8.2016

Edith and Joy
selfie © Joy Krauthammer  2015

Dear friend Edith
© Joy Krauthammer 

Edith and Joy
by Janelle

Edith and Joy
by Ann

© Joy Krauthammer 

Edith and Joy

 Joy Krauthammer reading Torah for first time in joy
guided by Rabbi Judith HaLevy
Miriam HaNeviah in Exodus Parshat B'Shalach 15:20
"Miriam the Prophetess, sister of Aaron, took her drum in her hand,
and all the women went forth after her with drums and with dances."
©  Shira Solomon

Joy Krauthammer, Aviva Krauthammer
Talleisim designed by Joy
based on Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi's colors of Creation.
Tallits created by Ruth Zitch and Joy

Aviva, Joy
Bridal shower, Barbara's garden
© Aaron Kirsch

Aviva dancing at her Bridal shower
Hare Sorkin, Karen Reff, Karen Wurtzel, Joy Krauthammer-timbrel
© Aaron Kirsch

Aviva & Brett, Joy & Marcel
A&B chuppah

Aviva, Joy & Marcel
A&B chuppah

Aviva & Brett post chuppah
clearly a fave

First Grandchild
(named for her grandfather, z'l)
a shayna punim
love, gratitude, serenity, generations

Bubbie Joy, Grandbaby 6 months
© Brett

Four Generations
birthday girl, Aviva, Joy, Thea (Marcel's, z'l, mom)

Mishpucha celebrates the crowned one's 1st birthday

3 Maternal Generations
Bubbie Joy, Aviva, birthday girl

Aviva's Birthday & Brett and Maya
Aviva's FB cover photo
© Joy Krauthammer

2nd Chanukah
Lots of Books and Dreidles at Richard's home
© Joy Krauthammer

Bubbie Joy, Aviva, 2 Cutie Pies
August 2016

Bubbie Joy, Aviva, 2 Cutie Pies

Bubbie Joy, Aviva, 2 Cutie Pies

Cutie Pies
AvivaBell ©

Cutie Pie 2

Cutie Pie 2
by Aviva

Bubbie Joy and Cutie Pie 2
Photobooth by Aviva

Brett, Aviva, Bubbie Joy, 2 Cutie Pies

Valley Friends
Northridge Ladies
met every birthday, every year 
since our children were little
until couple years ago.
Adina, Carol, Barbara,
Hare, Joy, Annette

Northridge Ladies

Northridge Ladies
before Suzanne (from other side of Valley) joined the group
Adina, Sharona, Joy
Eva-Lyn, Hare, Carol, Annette, Barbara
(Visual Artists: Joy, Barbara, Eva-Lyn, Annette, Sharona)

Joy, Adina, Carol, Annette, Barbara, Hare  5.25.2016
So sad that Suzanne, z"l, could not come and died weeks later.
I loved my friend very much, since 1968.

Rabbi Bill (William) Kramer marries Caroline & Dick Blatman
Joy introduced them! A fave
(Sadly, Dick died after Caroline died 11.30.1912 (16 Kislev 5773),   7.3.1915)
Married for 19 years.
I love them both. 

... and Caroline and Dick didn't postpone joy
I'm in the middle. 
(So sad to share that dear Caroline Epstein Blatman, z"l, passed over to the next world 
on the week of her 19th anniversary 2012. Without yet knowing the sorrowful news, 
I had washed my Caroline t-shirt that very morning. - Joy)

Reb Shlomo Carlebach, Joy Krauthammer, Shirley Perluss
Playing with Reb Shlomo was the highest.
© Lewis Weinger

Reb Shlomo Carlebach
© Joy Krauthammer 

Ruth Fogelman learning timbrel from Joy 
in her Old City home.
© Joy Krauthammer

Joy Krauthammer, Rabbi Shlomo Katz, Eitan Katz, David Ozair
Happy Minyan
by Darlene Rose

Ruth Broyde-Sharon
Garden Mandala party for Ruth's birthday with HaMotzi
I love that this photo looks like a painting.
© Joy Krauthammer

Shira Solomon,  Joy,  Eva Nathanson,  Carole Foley
Attending each other's simchas

Four Friends
Zena,  Shira,  Arlene,  Joy
I loved bringing similar gifts to my friends,
choosing what I think each would particularly enjoy
especially from my travels, and when we could wear them together. - Joy
These were fancy 'jeweled' scarves.

Celebrating with a few friends at Aviva & Brett's wedding
top row
Brett-groom,  Aviva-bride, Joy-mom  (wearing Uzbekistani wedding celebration garment)
Lilian Weissman, Carol Foley, Darlene Rose, Jeff Mann, Shira Solomon, Ed Orshan, Jeff A.
lower row
Michael & Marilyn Berger,  Rena Wander,  Zena David,  Arlene Shapiro,  Hesha Abrams
By 2018 so many friends died: Marilyn, Rena, Lilian, Jeff.

Joy Krauthammer and Mary (Peter, Paul & Mary)
African rhythm

Marc Weigensberg blows own hand-crafted shofar
© Joy Krauthammer 

Sounding of the Shofar. The shofar is mostly blown on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Lev. 23, Num. 29)
Hearing the shofar blast from Mount Sinai, the Israelites trembled in awe.  (Exodus 19:16)

Shofar photoshttp://joysofjourney.blogspot.com/2012/09/creating-my-shofar.html
"Ah, so this is what it looks like to be taken by / toward the Divine!  And to think a photographer could capture it!"  
Blessings, Deena (Metzger)

Marion Klein
Retirement party (listening to Rabbi Miriam), June 2, 2013
© Joy Krauthammer

Joy and the Dardashi Family musicians
Chanukah 1985.
 Joy's first public performance. Inspired, Joy began drum lessons the following year
Galeet Dardashti is now famous as is her father Hazan Farid Dardashti

Joy Krauthammer drums the BLUES  1997
A favorite passion, and attended LA Music Academy, but short lived.
© Marcel Krauthammer

LACMA installation "Penetrable" 2013
© Joy Krauthammer

Cindy Paley
TRZ Women's pre-Pesach Seder
© Joy Krauthammer   3.12. 2015

Joy Krauthammer, Rivka Ben David
Heschel Day School

AriellaShira, Gather The Women
Candlelighting ritual, Wisdom and Water
International Women's Day
Indiginous Grandmother Mona Polacca
Parliament of World's Religion's, Honoring Water ~ Seeds of Peace
© Joy Krauthammer  3.8.2015 and percussionist

Sikhs performing Sewa, Serving Others
Parliament of World's Religion's, Honoring Water ~ Seeds of Peace
© Joy Krauthammer  3.8.2015

Sikhs performing Sewa, Serving Others
Parliament of World's Religion's, Honoring Water ~ Seeds of Peace
© Joy Krauthammer  3.8.2015

Rev. Stephen Longfellow Fiske, Peace Troubador
Parliament of World's Religion's, Honoring Water ~ Seeds of Peace
© Joy Krauthammer  3.8.2015

Hamid Mernissa, Sand Dunes
Sahara Desert, Morocco, June 1997
And his mother, Sarah, was Jewish.
© Joy Krauthammer

Mom and Baby
Beloved first granddaughter
© Joy Krauthammer  2012

Stephanie Smith
© Joy Krauthammer  1.17.2016
Usually I do not shoot portraits, but I love my friend's blue hair that used to be purple 
and now looks like my favorite beautiful peacock. 

Chassidic Pop Art Rabbi Yitzchok Moully and Joy Krauthammer
Visiting Chabad of Chatsworth
Breisheet 2.6.2016

Chassidic Pop Art Rabbi Yitzchok Moully and Joy Krauthammer
Visiting Chabad of Northridge
Breisheet 2.11.2011

Moully art opening
Chabad of N. Hollywood
© Joy Krauthammer 

Drum pal, Ian Kroop
Remo Drum Circle, day after Remo Belli died.
© Joy Krauthammer  4.26.2016

Charles Sherman
fine artist and shul feminist friend
© Joy Krauthammer 

Charles Sherman, Sherman Infinity Designs
fine artist and shul spiritual feminist friend
At Timbrels of Miriam conference 3.8.1992 at University of Judaism, I gave art show to 18 artists, 
including only one male on International Women's Day, and
Charles was the solo man!

Happy to join Joan Carl, at her "Retrospective" artist reception filling many gallery rooms. Joan's sculptures, paintings, and drawings represent her love for life. I'm blessed to have a Joanie original. When I met Joan over 3 decades ago she had been president of The LA Artists Association and I was Arts editor of the Jewish Calendar Magazine. So happy to see Joan celebrating in community of students and admirerers. Mazal Tov
May 22, 2016

Our 30th Wedding Anniversary 2004
Surprise party arranged by Aviva
Dear friends Luisa Latham, Arnold Bryman, Pepi Rosenbaum, Irwin & Yda Ziment, Reffs-Brian, Karen, Hana, Jesse, Lisa Weisbrod, Joyce & Sheldon Kirsch, Dov Geller, Shelly Magier, Barbara Klaristenfeld, Alan Levy & Suzanne Roth (others hidden)
Family Faye & Jim, and Marcel and I, Joy.
Banner by Ariel.

Our 30th Wedding Anniversary
© Joy Krauthammer 

Shira's birthday & Zena
 May 6, 2016 
"kabbalalistic energy time warp" - Zena
© Joy Krauthammer 

~  ~ ~

loving and loyal friend from September 1968 - July 3, 2016
joy we shared
tears, sadness, loss now
beautiful sweet caring memories remain in joy in our hearts

Aviva, Joy, Suzanne
Aviva's bridal shower at Barbara's.

Faye, Suzanne, Joy
 Faye's birthday
Santa Monica Carousel

Suzanne, Faye's birthday
Santa Monica Carousel
© Joy Krauthammer 

Suzanne, Joy and Faye's birthday, 
Getty Villa

Joy's movie birthday with Suzanne, Alan, Carol, Betty

Suzanne, Alan, Joy
Metropolitan Museum

Suzanne, Faye's birthday, Santa Monica beach
© Joy Krauthammer 

Suzanne, Joy, Hare and Hare & Ellory's Sukkah party for Mara
by El

Suzanne, Joy, Hare 
at Hare & Ellory's Sukkah party for Mara
by El

Aviva's LA bridal shower
Joy, Aviva, Faye
Ariel, Suzanne, Jered

Suzanne, Alan, Joy's music bar birthday

Suzanne, Barbara, Joy
Skirball Museum

Suzanne, Joy, Judy Guth, Edith
Chanukah party for Aviva, Brett, Maya
Judy died Jan. 2017
Suzanne died 2016

Suzanne, Joy, Karen Reff
Joy's birthday, Aviva's bridal shower at Barbara's

Friends at party for Aviva & Brett & Maya
Brett, Yda, Aviva, Irwin, Brian Reff, Joy
Suzanne, Karen, Edith and Judy G invisible
Chinese Chanukah

Suzanne and Joy

Suzanne and Joy

Suzanne and Faye
© Joy Krauthammer 

Marcel, Jim, Jered, Aviva, Alan, Faye, Ariel, Suzanne on right.
Joy's dinner
© Joy Krauthammer 

Suzanne and Maya decorating Magic Wand
Last photos, last gathering  Dec. 25, 2015
© Joy Krauthammer 

Suzanne and Maya
decorating Magic Wand
Last photos, last gathering  Dec. 25, 2015
© Joy Krauthammer 

Aviva & Brett & Maya, Joy Krauthammer 
with friends
Irwin, Yda, Suzanne, Barbara, Karen, Sheila, Hare, Cindy
front table
Shelly R, Zena, Shira, Carol, Edith, Ann, Amy, Cindy... in rear
by Paulette

Friends- Barbara, Suzanne
Adina, Carol, Hare
© Joy Krauthammer 

Hare Sorkin, Adina Kraim, Barbara Klaristenfeld, Suzanne Roth, Joy K, Carol Kirzner

Suzanne Rotth & Alan Levy, Faye, Joy-sisters
Chinese concert and pastries, Getty

Suzanne, Alan and Maya, few days old  June 2012
We were couch surfing during blackout
© Joy Krauthammer 

Suzanne Roth
 Lake Balboa, San Fernando Valley, CA
springtime when Cherry trees bloomed
Miss my friend so much... grateful for friendship since Queens College 1968...
© Joy Krauthammer 

Suzanne and Ariel
our last visit in person 12. 25. 2015
Chanukah at Richard and David's home.
© Joy Krauthammer 

Family and Friends, Richard and David's home.
L>R Joy, Maya, Arielle L, David S, Richard W, Brett, Audrey, SUZANNE, Alan, Faye
by Aviva  12.25.2016
Last time we were together with Suzanne. Died 7.3.2016

Suzanne on her birthday
© Joy Krauthammer 

Suzanne on her birthday
flowers from Garden of Joy
© Joy Krauthammer 

/\ IMO 7.3.2016
With love to my friend Suzanne. 
You have been so important in my life and to my soul. 
I carry you in my heart.
love, Joy

Carol Kaufman, --, Betty, Shirley Lowy
Valley Beth Shalom and Lev Eisha friends
© Joy Krauthammer 

Shoshi Wilchfort, Jean Katz, Joy Krauthammer
Joy's Nature Photo Walk, Japanese Garden 2016

Sandy Magier birthday & Louis, Shelly
Lisa S & Jackie, Jered and Joy & Aviva

Devorah Cohen, Rina Daly, Joy Krauthammer

Joy Krauthammer, Donna Malamud
Lev Eisha 2017

Donna Malamud
Jewish Feminist Center, LA  1990?
© Joy Krauthammer 

Lisa Kassner, Joy Krauthammer
Lancaster poppy fields  2017 
by Paul

Joy's Kindred Spirits Band
Makom Ohr Shalom
by Mark Reden

Open to Wonder Band
Joy Krauthammer, Ian Kroop, Tia Cohen, R. K'vod Wieder, Phil Bell
by Chana Bell

Rabbi Judith HaLevy, Joy Krauthammer
Sarah's Tent

Rabbi Toba August, Cindy Paley, Joy Krauthammer
by Janis Cohen

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach (z"l 1994), Joy Krauthammer
by Shira Solomon

AriellaShira Lewis and Joy Krauthammer
teaching at LimmudLA
by AvivaBell

AriellaShira Lewis, Joy Krauthammer

Sharon Alexander, Joy Krauthammer
Lev Eisha retreat
by Shirley Lowy  2018

Zena's 70 birthday with Joy Krauthammer and Faye 
Thanksgiving 2017

Brucha At, z"l 2017  from Moshav, Joy Krauthammer

Devorah Miriiam Cohen birthday
© Joy Krauthammer

Dov Barry Geller 
Lake Balboa
© Joy Krauthammer

Mary Ellen Edwards and Joy Krauthammer
Devorah's birthday

Lillian Weissman, z"l, and Joy Krauthammer
by Ida Lewis

Rena Daly and Joy Krauthammer

Gloria Orenstein

Jean Katz, Julie Madorsky, Joy Krauthammer
Ahavat Torah retreat

Jean Katz and Joy Krauthammer

Barbara Klaristenfeld, Joy Krauthammer
Joy's birthday 2005
by Aviva on her bridal shower

Shira Solomon, Joy Krauthammer
by Zena

Annette Sabbah, Barbara Klaristenfeld, Joy Krauthammer
by Sandra S.

Judy Guth, Joy Krauthammer
Judy's plates one month before Judy died in 1.2017
by Nida

Judy Guth, Joy Krauthammer, selfie PhotoBooth

Lynn Beliak, Judy Sherman
Lev Eisha retreat
© Joy Krauthammer

Terry Adams
angel, the sweetest
died 2018
© Joy Krauthammer, Remo

Moshe Tov 
from Berkeley
at his 70th birthday, Holy Land 2018

Ida Lewis and Joy Krauthammer
Kallah 1993
from HS to CA to Israel to NY, visiting again friends
Photo taken before Ida moved from Berkeley to Tsfat.

Shoshannah Shoshannah/Sarah bat Avraham, z"l (Chouake)  and Joy
Shoshana - Concert pianist and drummer 6.5.56 - 2.26 or 27.2018
Ha HaZeitim, Mount Olives, Jerusalem
Baruch Dayan HaEmet. SHOSHANA Sarah. Shoshana bat Avraham. My very first djembe teacher. She was my inspiration to play. I would watch her play with Reb Shlomo. Shoshana loved accompanying Reb Shlomo both on piano and djembe.
Shoshana's music was Divine. We used to dance together in her home (near Mahane Yehuda) in Jerusalem to her piano music, and she said she had never before done that, dance while listening to her own music tape which was not yet produced. We saw our dancing shadows on her wall with light streaming in. (I wrote a review in the Jewish Calendar Magazine and she loved it.)
"May the one who spent her life using her music to heal others now find eternal healing & wholeness beneath the wings of Everlasting Love."
Shoshannah Sarah "has passed away after a battle with Cancer. She was a deeply spiritual woman, an accomplished musician with several CDs available on ITunes, a Wellness and health expert, a raw food chef, and a beautiful person."
May Shoshana Sarah's neshama soar to Shmayim. May her memory be for a blessing. May she dance and play with angels.

Shoshannah Sarah and Joy
Kallah 1993

Shoshannah Shoshannah and Yoram Getzler, both z"l
© Joy Krauthammer 


  1. What Fun !!!! Bring back the good ole' days.

  2. Joy, your work is great.
    Dan L.


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