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Learn more about Congregation Ahavas Achim here.


OPEN MIC'ERS - To sign up to play, send an email to: with the subject "OLD-NEW" and put your name in the body of the email.  (Please note order and number of songs/minutes for each performer will be determined at event.  Expect between 1 - 2 songs depending on how many performers there are.) [PLEASE SIGN UP ONLY IF YOU KNOW YOU CAN ATTEND.  THANKS! :) ]

Newburyport's Congregation Ahavas Achim once again has partnered with the Massachusetts folk duo, The Lied To’s, to present the Old-New Coffeehouse, concert to be held Sat. November 19th @ 7:30pm. The Coffeehouse will include an open mic for local performers, featured artist, The Bob Kramer Trio, and a short performance by The Lied To's. The Old-New Coffeehouse is an ongoing series, featuring top songwriters in the area, with a goal to foster community and a broad spectrum of artistic expression.

The idea for the coffeehouse arose from a conversation between Newburyport resident, Susan Levine, one half of The Lied To’s, and the Congregation's former rabbi, Ben Resnick, about the value of music in bringing people together.  The name "Old- New Coffeehouse" has its origins in Jewish tradition - the old becomes new as the tradition continues as part of the Congregation's efforts to bridge cultures and bring the Greater Newburyport community together.

The Lied To's are Susan Levine and Doug Kwartler, two Massachusetts-based singer-songwriters who joined musical forces in 2014. Their albums have received universal praise for its gritty instrumentation, impeccable harmonies and honest songwriting. The Lied To’s have played sold-out concerts at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN, and regularly play at venues throughout New England and beyond.

The Bob Kramer Trio performs a unique blend of jazz, folk rock and blues.  Beverly based, rootsy, rockin & blue, the Bob Kramer Trio delivers high-spirited and enthusiastic performances every time they play. 

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