Posts Tagged: *Music

URJ Books and Music Releases the Ultimate Debbie Friedman Anthology



URJ Books and Music is proud to release the ultimate anthology of the musical works of Debbie Friedman, z”l (1951 – 2011). Regarded as one of the most influential Jewish singer-songwriters in history, Debbie is known for her timeless Jewish folk music, filled with peaceful and universal messages, which have been adopted by Jewish congregations […]

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SING OUT! The Beginnings of NFTY Music: A Look at the First Songs We Sang, Part Two



By Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin The music and the style of song leading as it has been popularized among Reform youth has moved the Jewish world. Music in NFTY and Reform camps, which began in 1951 in Wisconsin, seems to have been defined by the era in which it was sung, affected greatly by world events, […]

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Community. Prayer. Holiness.



By Rose Snitz As people gather and voices come together in harmony, the holiness of the space begins to form. From Shabbat services in local communities to regional Havdalah services, to closing rituals during the North American Convention, there’s always an unexplainable feeling of connection and community at NFTY events. Picture yourself overlooking a group […]

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SING OUT! The Beginnings of NFTY Music: A Look at the First Songs We Sang



By Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin I found myself (quite literally) at Reform Jewish summer camp. More than anything, it was the music that drew me into experiencing Jewish life with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my might. How did music in youth grouping touch something Jewish so deep inside me? The […]

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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

The Music of N’ilah – Part Two



By Cantor Barbara R. Finn Last week, in my discussion of the beginnings of the N’ilah service, I reflected upon the contemplative nature of the concluding service for Yom Kippur. The music of the actual conclusion imparts additional urgency in our pleas for forgiveness as the “gates are closing.” There are many interpretations of when […]

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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

The Music of N’ilah – Part One



By Cantor Barbara R. Finn Yom Kippur is bookended by music and liturgy that speak to us on an emotional level.  We often cannot explain it; it is simple yet powerfully spiritual, reaching into our souls with a fervor that would leave us empty were we to miss those elements of the service. In her […]

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Worship Without Music?!



By Jerry Kaye Can you imagine a worship service these days without a cantor, a song leader, or even a band? There is nowhere in the liberal Jewish community where music isn’t an integral and heartening part of worship. Today, Jewish music is readily available on CDs and MP3s, and even on YouTube, which hosts […]

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Remembering Arik Einstein, Who Helped Change the World A Little Bit



by Alona Nir One of the names that will be mentioned at the URJ Biennial this week is Arik Einstein. Those of us who spent time in Jewish activities during our childhood, especially in NFTY or at summer camp, are familiar with famous song “Ani Ve Ata Neshane Et Ha’Olam,” which translates to “You and […]

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10 Years of Ten Minutes of Torah

Eileh Ezkerah: These I Will Remember



By Cantor Hayley Kobilinsky The Eileh Ezkerah with which most Reform Jews are currently familiar does not bring to mind familiar melodies.  While thematically, Eileh Ezkerah fits well with Yom Kippur, it does not hark to the sounds of the High Holy Day melodies we typically quote.  What, then, is to be done with its […]

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The Music of Seder Ha’avodah



By Cantor Judith Ovadia The Avodah service of Yom Kippur (Seder Ha’Avodah) challenges us as Reform Jews. It depicts an ancient, archaic rite that is anathema to our modern practice, with elements that likely offend our sensibilities. Without close examination it offers little opportunity to enrich our experience of the holy on Yom Kippur. The architects of Reform […]

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The Songs of Your Youth and of the Reform Movement’s Youth



by Cantor Bradley Hyman At some point in a person’s life, they lose touch with the most current trends in popular music. To be clear, you will become your parents. You might make an effort to listen to radio stations or watch videos, which attempt to bring you closer in understanding why things are more […]

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The Music of the URJ Biennial: What to Expect This Year



by Josh Nelson “The wave of a song carries the soul to heights which utterable meanings can never reach.” (Abraham Joshua Heschel, Man’s Quest for God) The URJ Biennial is just a month and a half away, and as always, it promises to be the very best place to experience many of the finest performers […]

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Yom Kippur Torah Service: Emulating God



By Cantor Cheryl Wunch There are many different themes that appear throughout our Yom Kippur liturgy.  Obviously, the themes of repentance, returning, and renewal are the ones that most immediately come to mind.  We speak and sing of our sins, our need for forgiveness, and our desire to start again with a clean slate.  The […]

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Sounds of Penitence: The Music of Selichot



By Cantor Hayley Kobilinsky It may seem strange, but I wish to begin with a very Jewish, and yet not at all Jewish phrase: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.” These words are what a Catholic person says upon entering Confession, or at least that is how we all see it portrayed in television […]

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