Ensemble M’chaiya as a quintet standing along a brick wall.


Folks ’r Sayin’ …

“I write to thank you, again, for the performance you gave here in Green Bay on March 20th. We have heard nothing but good comments from our members and your music was fun, attractive, and entertaining. Additionally, your short explanations of the different styles and history of the pieces brought the music to life, especially for newcomers to such sounds. Our members particularly enjoyed the dancing in the second half. Many said they hadn’t danced those dances “for quite a while” and they were delighted to be able to participate. And the ones who were not familiar with the dances were pleased to learn them. And in all, an excellent evening … We hope you will be able to return and perform for us again.” Lorna C. Kaye, Co-President, Congregation Cnesses Israel, Green Bay, WI

“We just wanted to repeat how delighted we were with the performance… Your music filled the room with warmth and joy. The musical quality was outstanding and yet did not drown out the conversation and family atmosphere for which we had hoped. I especially want to commend you for how easy it was to work with you. You spent the time to understand what we wanted — and you were right on target. Your flexibility and ability to improvise in key situations really provided us with quality transitions and a highly successful event. Our guests were uniform in their praise for your ensemble. You’ve got something very special there. … I am left with the sense that not only do you love the music — but you understand it and respect it. What a Mchaiya! Earon S. Davis

“Thank you again for playing at our BBQ — It was great! Mchaiya added a wonderful Jewish element to what would have been a typical picnic. … inspiring Jewish music! Stephanie Hertzman, Jewish United Fund, Chicago, IL

“Thanks again for a lovely concert. Hope to see you here in Denmark again. Lene Jelgren Abro

“…outstanding … All of the comments I received have been full of superlatives of praise for the event and for you. Cantor Mark Elson, Temple Anshe Sholom, Chicago, IL

“Thanks to you and your band for the wonderful concert. Everyone loved it. Keep up the good work. Rabbi Arnold Rachlis, Jewish Reconstructionist Synagogue, Evanston, IL

“The group was well received in our community. There was audience involvement, the musical director was quite engaging … We were pleased to welcome them in Peoria. Mrs. Bluma Hirsch, Co-chairman, Cultural Committee, Peoria Jewish Federation, Peoria, IL

The audience loved every bit of it … It was the first time in many years they had a full-sized band play for them for the holidays.” Steve Papadakis, Property Manager, Hollywood House, Chicago, IL

“On behalf of our Religious School families and faculty and in a most personal way, I would like to thank you for the delightful performance during our Chanukah Assembly. Your charm, skill, and enthusiasm really created a festival atmosphere and brought joy to all present. We hope we will be able to call on you for additional programs in the future.” Dr. Shlomo Moskovits, Director of Education, Congregation B’nai Tikvah, Highland Park, IL

“Please accept my sincerest thanks for playing at Beth Emet’s new membership party … all of us enjoyed listening to the music and singing along.” Sophie H. Black, President, Beth Emet The Free Synagogue, Evanston, IL

“The celebration was greatly enhanced by the delightful music you provided. Your spirited presentation delighted the audience and a good time was had by all. Sherman Gerber, Congregation Solel, Highland Park, IL

“On behalf of the Association of Children of Holocaust Survivors, I want to thank all the members of the group for a wonderful performance and for having those who attended our benefit.” Carlos G. Rizowy

“Let me thank you and your colleagues for your superb musical presentation … Your choice of music, as well as the spirit and beauty with which you performed the various pieces, made for a lovely program. It was exactly what I had in mind. Please feel free to use my name as a reference should the opportunity present itself. I would recommend Mchaiya enthusiastically and without reservation.” Dov Taylor, Rabbi, Congregation Solel, Highland Park, IL

“We enjoyed the concert very much. Everybody loved the music and the dancing. The interaction was wonderful. We also enjoyed meeting you and your group. I recommend Mchaiya for good music and a fun time for the whole family.” Mort Zuckerman, Jewish Cultural Council, Grand Rapids, MI

“My husband and I want to let you know how much we appreciated your performance at our daughter’s wedding … As you must have seen, everyone joined in either by dancing or just clapping their hands. The warmth and gaiety of the music was infectious and it certainly “broke the ice” and really made the evening fun. I had so many people call me afterwards telling me how much they enjoyed your group. Even guests who had never heard this type of music before, were as enthusiastic as those who were familiar with it. And, most of all, the bride and groom really loved it! The variety of songs and the quality of the musical performance and arrangements were absolutely perfect and you helped make our evening a total success. I would certainly recommend the Ensemble Mchaiya to anyone planning any kind of function or celebrations.” Avra Miller

“The choice of music was excellent, in good taste, with appropriate volume (not too amplified) … The overall impression of the music was extremely pleasant, enjoyed by all, and there were many compliments. My family and I recommend this band very highly!” Dr. Edward Wasserman

“Kaye and I want to thank you again for performing at my birthday party. Everyone loved the music and the dancing lessons. Your group made my party special. Please feel free to use me for a reference. I look forward to using your band for another special occasion.” Izzy Kharasch

“Thank you for the beautiful music you provided at our wedding. You really did a terrific job …” LE and Steve Spear

“What a wonderful band! Your music at the wedding reception of our daughter and son-in-law was beautiful and was critical in adding elegance and a special ambiance to the event … numerous guests commented on your group’s talent. And now as another cold Chicago winter sets in, we recall the warmth that your ensemble created that summer day. Thank you.” Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Offer

“We are really glad you are here. You made our son’s Bar Mitzvah even more special. Thank you.” Stewart, Bonnie, Ben, Annie, and Mike Byer

“We would like to express our gratitude for your impeccable performance at our wedding reception. Your band demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, excellent taste, and rich repertoire. We were also impressed by the variety of the Jewish traditional music superbly arranged and performed. Your band has contributed to a lot of happy moments at our wedding. We will highly recommend your services with the best references.” Dr. and Mrs. Vladimir Livschutz

We enjoyed singing with you and dancing to your music at my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah. You and your group broadened our celebration in a wonderful way, and we hope to share happy occasions with you again in the future.” Charles Primus

“Mchaiya is outstanding. We enjoyed your performance here at my son’s Bar Mitzvah just as we did your two previous performances in South Bend. We look forward to other occasions when we can invite you to play for us. Your responsiveness to our advance requests was a large factor in the success of Aryeh’s party. Charles Primus

“My wife and I would like to thank you and Mchaiya for your wonderful performance at my son’s Bar Mitzvah celebration. Your excellent choice of music and spirited delivery added greatly to the ambiance of the party. We were particularly pleased by your sensitivity and responsiveness to our needs.” David A. Turner

“Thank you for a wonderful concert. People were talking to me for weeks after about how much they enjoyed the evening. Keep in touch…” Terry Tarnow, Co-ordinator, Congregation Beth El, Traverse City, MI

“Many thanks to you. Over 600 senior adults enjoyed the fine program.” Shirley Tatar, Assistant Director, J.C.C., Chicago, IL

“It was great! M’chaiya added a wonderful Jewish element … inspiring Jewish music! S. Hartman, Jewish United Fund

Were ready to be a mchaiya* for you!

* In Yiddish, “mchaiya” means “A life-giving pleasure”