BERKELEY, Calif. — When David and Batsheva Miller left Israel for California in 1994, they sorely missed signer-spiritualist Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and their community at the moshav, or Israeli town, founded by Carlebach.
Nothing, even in Berkeley, compared to Shabbat on the moshav, Meor Modiin. So they created gatherings at their home, enlivening them with Carlebach melodies — what Miller calls “nusach Shlomo.”
“It was a landing pad for people coming back from Israel, including us, who were in shock at the wilderness we encountered,” Miller said. “Equally important, it was a blastoff for many people powering up to go to Israel.”