The Project

Piyut Bay Area is a pilot project of Piyut North America.

Piyut is a living musical tradition that tells the little-known story of how Jewish culture has been open to the world. Derived from the Greek word meaning poetry, Piyutim are traditionally sung in communal settings for Shabbat, holidays and life-cycle events. In the last decade, the global Jewish music of Piyut has exploded into a national movement in Israel with annual music festivals, recordings by Israel’s rock stars, and Piyut singing communities.


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