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Call Us: 646.509.4210   /  contact@shirfun.com  /  Shir Fun, Inc. 2600 Netherland Ave. Suite #411 Bronx, NY 10463

Our Program

Created by native Israeli and veteran music therapist Dafna Israel-Kotok,

Shir Fun is the newest innovation in Jewish early childhood education

and development.  Leveraging the invaluably positive effects on the

brain of musical enrichment and cultural pride, the Shir Fun

program immerses children participants in both using

top-of-the-line educational musical instruments, and a specially

designed curriculum which includes original songs,

movement-based activities, holiday celebrations and

personal interactions.  The program is taught only by native

Hebrew-speaking professional musicians with strong backgrounds

in group instruction. 

The Shir Fun experience is shared with the children and

their parents and/or caretakers and is a true celebration of music and community.   

Following the release of the full-length album “Dafna’s Shir Fun” and building on the program’s success, Shir Fun is currently producing more recorded music and creative educational media

in order to maximize its positive effects on the community.

Our Founder

Shir Fun was created by Israeli music therapist, Dafna Israel-Kotok,

whose passion for Jewish and Israeli music and culture has been

cultivated all of her life.  Growing up in a moshav on

Israel’s Mediterranean coast, she learned to play the guitar from

her father at an early age and together, they became a central

musical figure to her community’s cultural celebrations. 

After her service in the Israeli army, Dafna attended university

in the U.S, obtaining a degree in music therapy.

For the past 10 years, Dafna has harnessed the healing effects

and developmental power of music on a daily basis as a

music therapist in New York City hospitals and health centers,

where she has worked with chronically ill children and the elderly.

Those institutions cherished her specialized talent and captivating

voice as well as her warmth and connection to children and

the elderly.

Dafna’s love for children and Jewish culture, together with her

musical gifts, make the Shir Fun experience an invaluable one for both children and grown ups, fostering a love of Jewish culture and music and a positive sense of community in a child’s earliest memories. 

Our Team

Singer-songwriter and music educator Mika Hary

has started playing the piano at age 6 and by the time she reached high school, Mika lead groups to perform in Israel's major jazz venues, including broadcasted events in the main channels. For her

army service, Mika was chosen as a lead singer in the IDF orchestra and received a special

"outstanding musician" status from the Israeli ministry of education. In that position, she appeared

in nationally-broadcasted events as well as in front of some dignitaries from around the world.

At other times, she has been personally requested by the Israeli Army’s Chief of Staff to sing

the national anthem in an important event. Upon release from the army Mika has participated in

Kochav Nolad, the Israeli version of American Idol.  In fall 2007, Mika has moved to NYC to

pursue her degree in music/philosophy at the renowned New School University, where she received

a scholarship and graduated with honors in 2012.  Mika now leads the 'Mika Hary Group' with

which she performs her original compositions in some of the city's best known venues and playing

with some of the rising stars in the music scene.

In 2012 Mika has collaborated and toured the US with Yoni Rechter, an all-time favorite Israeli

composer.

For more information, go to:

www.mikaharymusic.com

New Shir Fun classes just added in

New Rochelle and New Jersey!

Book Shir Fun for your next event or private class

"Shir Fun is a class like no other.  The songs are fun and educational and appeal to a wide variety of audiences.  Dafna is a gem- not only does she have a talent for music and a genuine love of teaching children about Israeli culture, but she has a way of connecting to each and every child in her class that makes their eyes light up and their souls sing.  I am on my third child in

Shir Fun and I am still moved to tears each time I come."

-Renat, mother of 3

NYC, NY