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Let’s ROCK

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014


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Get ready to rock! The iconic Hard Rock Café Phoenix is a restaurant that delivers not only delicious food, but also a true ‘80’s rock n’ roll vibe. With themed décor and music, Hard Rock Café Phoenix brings its customers back to the era of Elton John, Prince, Guns N’ Roses, and The Rolling Stones. As noted on the Hard Rock Café website:

“Once inside, you’ll see why we’ve got the coolest place in town. Cold A.C. helps for sure, but so does the speedy service, fully loaded bar, great memorabilia and rockin’ tunes! So get on over to the Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix, the place where rock ‘n’ roll fans and legends come to chill in the dry desert heat.”

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Hard Rock Café Phoenix is also the optimal place to host a themed event. With multiple group menus to choose from or create, a Rock ‘n’ Roll memorabilia backdrop, and extensive audio visual capabilities, Hard Rock Café provides a lively atmosphere to create rockin’ memories.

Visit the Hard Rock Café Phoenix booth #23 at our expo on August 24 to learn more about the restaurant!

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Grand Entrance

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The months of preparing and the years of studying have now come to a close. It’s just moments after finishing your Bar or Bat Mitzvah service and now you await patiently behind closed doors to reveal your newly acclaimed title as a Jewish adult to your friends and family. So to make this entrance even more grand, we have created a list of songs for you to dance through the doors with.

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Songs for Jewish men:

“Can’t Hold Us” – Macklemore Feat. Ryan Lewis

“Sexyback” – Justin Timberlake

“Party Rock Anthem” – LMFAO

“Firestarter” – Prodigy

“Turn Down For What” – DJ Snake & Lil’ Jon


Songs for Jewish women:

“Timber” – Pitbull Feat. Kesha

“Beauty & A Beat” – Justin Bieber Feat. Nicki Minaj

“Selfie” – Chainsmokers

“Birthday” – Katy Perry

“I Love It” – Iconapop


Songs for either:

“Sexy And I Know It” – LMFAO

“Levels” – Avicii

“Dynamite” – Taio Cruz

“Mmm Yeah” – Austin Mahone Feat. Pitbull

“Don’t Stop The Party” – Pitbull

Let’s Dance

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


The dance between father and daughter or mother and son during a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a special moment for that pair. But there is a high chance that Little Johnny would rather not go to his own Bar Mitzvah rather than dance with his mother to some sappy song about him growing up.

To ease the stress of choosing a song that both you and your child will enjoy dancing to during that special moment, we have created a list of songs that are sure to exert a few tears (of joy, not of frustration).


“Special Moment” songs:

1) Rod Stewart – “Have I Told You Lately”

2) Israel ‘Iz’ Kamakawiwo’ole – “Over The Rainbow”

3) Rascal Flatts – “I Wish”

4) Louis Armstrong – “What A Wonderful World”

5) Taylor Hicks – “Do I Make You Proud”

6) James Taylor – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”

7) Debbie Boone – “You Light Up My Life”

8) R. Kelly & Celine Dion – “I’m Your Angel”

9) John Mayer – “Daughters”

10) Temptations – “My Girl”


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FREE Music Event!!!

Friday, October 25th, 2013

You won’t want to miss Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest on  November 17th at Steele Indian School Park from 4pm-9pm

The Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest is designed to bring us together in the spirit of being Jewish, regardless of denomination, to appreciate cultural music that sings to all of us.

Check out this great article from the Jewish News highlighting Moshav just one of the many bands playing at the festival.

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For more information and to purchase VIP tickets click here

I Am My Beloved And My Beloved Is Mine- Guest Blog by Lisa Pressman

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Live music plays an integral part in all Jewish ceremonies and holidays, and especially in the wedding ceremony. As in all wedding ceremonies of all religions and traditions, live music sets the stage for this joyous celebration!

The traditional music that accompanies a Jewish wedding is very beautiful and romantic. Throughout the ages there has been music in the Jewish religious ceremonies, beginning with the composition of the historic Psalms. Today’s Jewish wedding ceremonies begin with music for the bridal party and family members that will walk down the aisle. The song Erev Shel Shoshanim (meaning Evening Of Roses) is often chosen for this moment though it may also be performed for the bridal processional as well. A popular song throughout the Middle East and Europe, Erev Shel Shoshanim has a very haunting and stirring melody – a very dramatic announcement for the beginning of the ceremony. You can just feel the deserts winds when this song is performed!

The song most often chosen for the Jewish bridal processional is Dodi Li. Meaning “I am my beloved… my beloved is mine” from The Song of Songs by King Solomon whose poetic psalms continue to grace many wedding ceremonies, of all religions, to this day. Dodi Li follows Erev Shel Shoshanim with a similar chord structure and pulse to accompany the bride, together with her parents, to meet her awaiting groom. Rabbi Andrea Frank explains that Dodi Li  “is a romantic declaration between a husband and wife, their marriage blessed under the Chuppah on their wedding day. It is a representation for the love between the people of Israel and their Adonai (God)”.

For the recessional, the bride and groom usually pick one of two traditional songs: Chaussen Kalle, Mazel Tov or Simon Tov. Both songs are very vivacious and celebratory, offering hearty congratulations to the newly married couple. As soon as the groom “breaks the glass” and everyone shouts Mazel tov, the music begins!

A highlight of the Jewish wedding reception is the dancing of the Hora where everyone honors the bride and groom in a circle of love and happiness.  Many traditional Jewish songs are performed for the Hora offering multitudes of blessings with each spirited melody blending in to the next. After performing Chaussen Kalle, Mazel Tov or Simon Tov, popular songs such as Ose Shalom, Shalom Aleichem, Artsa Alinu, and of course, Hava Nagilah are performed in succession.

There are also many Jewish songs that are more serene, therefore more appropriate for the Prelude to the ceremony or background to the Blessings if desired. One of my favorite songs is Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold). This is an international favorite that has been performed by many artists such as Ofra Haza and Sharon Isbin. There are also traditional waltzes (Eucalyptus Garden, Yi’Did Nefesh) that have enchanting melodies. As in every culture, there are countless joyous songs, easily performed by professional musicians on any instrument!

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The LISA PRESSMAN ENSEMBLE features pianist/vocalist Lisa Pressman as a soloist or with her ensemble. The LISA PRESSMAN ENSEMBLE creates an elegant ambiance with a Jazzy/Pop mix featuring Lisa on Piano (or Keyboard) and Vocals. Classical Guitar, sax and percussion may be added to complement Lisa’s jazzy sound. Lisa’s sensitive touch on the keyboard, beautiful vocalise, and flowing Latin rhythms combine to create an exquisite ambiance evoking the rich landscape of our Sonoran Desert. With her vast repertoire, Lisa can help you to plan the perfect music program for your special day!

 Classical and Jazzy/Pop Solo Piano or Solo Guitar is also available. Click here to listen to the music of Lisa Pressman Ensemble.   Contact Lisa 602-906-4060 or

Win 2 VIP Tickets to Desert Gathering Jewish Music Fest

Friday, August 16th, 2013

We are excited to announce that we will be raffling off 2-VIP tickets to Desert Gathering  Jewish Music Fest

EXPERIENCE high-quality Jewish entertainment featuring a concert by MOSHAV BAND as well as many other talented local Jewish musicians.  TASTE food from gourmet Jewish restaurants.  FEEL a part of the Jewish community without setting foot in a synagogue.

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