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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

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

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

Judy Guth
Upsherinsh © Joy Krauthammer  6.2016

Judy Guth
loving gift for my new grandchild
© Joy Krauthammer   9.8.2016

Edith and Joy
selfie © Joy Krauthammer  2015

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

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

Aviva dancing at her Bridal shower
Hare, Karen R, Karen W, Joy-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
Aviva's FB cover photo
© Joy Krauthammer

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

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, 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

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

Shira,  Joy,  Eva,  Carole
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

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

Joy 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

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
© Joy Krauthammer

Mom and Baby
© Joy Krauthammer  2012

© 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

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

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

Our 30th Wedding Anniversary

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

~  ~ ~

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

Suzanne, Joy and Faye's birthday, 
Getty Villa

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

Suzanne, Alan, Joy
Metropolitan Museum

Joy and Marcel's 30th Anniversary
Many friends

Suzanne, Faye's birthday, Santa Monica beach

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

Suzanne, Joy, Hare and 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, Edith
Chanukah party for Aviva, Brett, Maya

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

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

Suzanne and Joy

Suzanne and Joy

Suzanne and Faye

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

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

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

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

Barbara, Suzanne
Adina, Carol, Hare

Hare, Adina, Barbara, Suzanne, Joy, Carol

Suzanne, Alan, Faye, Joy
Chinese concert and pastries, Getty

Suzanne, Alan and Maya, few days old  June 2012

Suzanne, Lake Balboa
springtime when Cherry trees bloomed

Suzanne and Ariel
our last visit in person 12. 25. 2015
At Richard and David's home.

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

Suzanne on her birthday
flowers from Garden of Joy

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


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

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


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