Iraqi High Holiday Hits

Photo courtesy of Maurice Shohet and family, as displayed in the Iraqi Jewish Archive exhibition arranged by the National Archives and Record Administration

Learn to authentically sing the classic Iraqi prayers for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur!​

Sept 18 at 11:30 am Pacific Time

Whether you’re a Jewish educator or lay person, you probably have never heard the Iraqi prayers for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, never mind learned to sing them, never mind in the authentic Iraqi pronunciation! In this crash course, you’ll learn some of the lively classics – including Adon Haselihoth, El Nora Alila, and Ahoth Quetana – in the traditional Iraqi pronunciation.

No prior experience, musical talent, or knowledge of Hebrew is required.

We will start off with a quick history of the origins of the Iraqi Jewish community, following which I’ll teach you the original pronunciation of Hebrew – which Jews of Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries preserved through the millennia. Next, I’ll teach you classic Iraqi High Holiday prayers, with easy-to-learn choruses – first breaking down the pronunciations, then breaking down the melodies, then singing together. English transliterations will be provided.

The fee for this class includes the following exclusive gifts:

  • Free eBook of the Iraqi prayers we sing in this class, including transliterated choruses. This book will not be available to the general public.
  • Free digital copy of my new album, Ancestral Ways: Iraqi High Holiday Hits, featuring 10 classic Iraqi High Holiday prayers, first sung a cappella style, in the original version, then sung improvisationally with crystal singing bowls – for use in meditation, yoga, sacred sance practice and so on. This album will not available to the general public
  • Free recording of this class, for your continued reference and study. This recording will not be available to the general public.
  • Free digital copy of The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage anthology 2022 edition
  • 15% off coupon for all KHAZZOOM products at, to support you in your continued exploration and celebration of Jewish multiculturalism.

    Gifts and instructions to access live video will be emailed to you after checkout.

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Loolwa Khazzoom’s award-winning work has been featured in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, BBC News, and other top media internationally, and she has presented at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Barnard Center for Research on Women, Harvard University, and other leading institutes worldwide. She pioneered the Jewish multicultural movement in 1990 and was the first woman worldwide to lead egalitarian Mizrahi/Sephardi prayers.

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