Shabbat services move outdoors

David Zasloff

David Zasloff

Temple Ner Simcha’s summer series of outdoor family Shabbat services begins Fri., June 1 at Oak Canyon Community Park in Oak Park.

Shabbat services will be held on Fridays throughout the summer starting at 7 p.m. at the park.

Joining Rabbi Michael Barclay and Cantor Benny Lipson for the summer series will be multiple recording artists who have earned worldwide acclaim, including guitarist Mat Gurman, who has played with “The Tonight Show” band, toured with David Cassidy and recorded his own solo CDs and how-to-play-guitar instructional DVDs.

Gurman lends his arrangements and stylings to Ner Simcha’s High Holiday services at The Canyon in Agoura Hills each year.

“He expresses the beauty of his soul through his music in a way that inspires everyone who is present, and his joy is infectious,” Barclay said of Gurman.

Also taking part in the| 12-part series will be comedian and jazz artist David Zasloff, considered one of the world’s top shofar players.

“I love being with Rabbi Barclay and the community, especially during the outdoor services at the park,” said Zasloff, who has performed the Israeli national anthem, “Hatikvah,” in front of Israeli Air Force generals. “I have truly had some of the deepest and most powerful Jewish experiences of my life when I lend my music to these services.”

Zasloff will play an assortment of instruments, including horn, flute and percussion. Gurman on guitar and Lipson on guitar and stand-up bass will join him.

Surprise musical guests will pop in throughout the summer to help them out, the temple said in a news release.

Potluck picnics will be held prior to the Friday services. Upcoming Shabbat dates at the park: June 15 and 22 and July 6, 13 and 27.

For more information, go to nersimcha.org. Temple Ner Simcha is an inclusive community which has no membership dues, no cost for High Holiday services and no Bar/Bat Mitzvah fees or tutoring costs.

This story was corrected at 9:28 a.m. May 31, 2018. An earlier version said the services will be held every Friday in June, July and August.