Posts Tagged: *Music

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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Vidui: Atonement through A-tune-ment



By Cantor Daniel Singer Thanks to the creative team at G-dcast, when we arrive at the Vidui section of the High Holidaymachzor, we can truly say “there’s an app for that!” The world now has access to atonement by way of a web application called eScapegoat. That’s right – just confess your sins anonymously online to an animated goat […]

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Repetition vs Addition: Melody of M’chal in the Yom Kippur Amidah



By Cantor Hayley Kobilinsky There may be no better day than Yom Kippur to observe the emphasis achieved by repetition of prayer. Our siddur provides many opportunities throughout the year to highlight unique aspects of the day by adding prayers or changing melodies, such as singing the V’shamru on Shabbat or using a special melody to light the Chanukkiah. The majority […]

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Choral Infusion: North American Jewish Choral Festival



Summer is camp season – not only for kids but also for adults. And if singing is your passion, there’s nothing like the North American Jewish Choral Festival, a project of the Zamir Choral Foundation (Matthew Lazar, founder and director). Last month, I attended full festival for the first time and felt the power of […]

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The Timeless Melody Kol Nidrei



By Hayley Kobilinsky How many Jewish holidays (or, for that matter, any religion’s holidays) can you name which are referred to by one prayer? Not many, I can assure you. Even though Kol Nidre is only once segment of the evening service, which is only the beginning of the Yom Kippur observance, we don’t call the […]

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One, Two, Three: Increase Your Congregation’s Israel Engagement



by Hope Chernak Last spring, I was privileged to participate, together with the URJ’s camp staff, in an educators’ kallah in Israel, held in partnership with several Jewish summer camps and concurrently with the Jewish Agency’s shlichim training seminar. I was fortunate to sit with talented educators—both North Americans and Israelis—who now are serving in […]

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Hin’ni



By Cantor David E. Reinwald Da lifnei mi atah omeid. Know before whom you stand. We see this text every time we are in the sanctuary. It is a reminder to us of the holiness of the space we inhabit and is an often featured moniker within synagogue sanctuaries. We have a heightened sense of […]

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The Music of Un’taneh Tokef



By Cantor Lisa Levine Ask any Cantor which prayers cause the most emotional reaction during the High Holy Days for both clergy and congregation, and the answer will undoubtedly include “Un’taneh Tokef.” After all, in the first paragraph we hear that “the power of this day’s holiness is awesome and frightening…and even the Angels in heaven […]

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Hava Nashira: Bringing Together Jewish Musicians from Across the World



magine a place where individuals from across the globe join together for the same purpose: to create music and learn from one another. This place exists as the annual Hava Nashira music conference

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Kol Yisrael: Engaging our Human Resources



by Micah Lapidus Jewish day school sustainability is about more than survival. It’s about maintaining a diverse, vibrant, dynamic, healthy, growing school community. The best way to achieve day school sustainability is by ensuring that we’re fully engaging our human resources.  What does it look like to fully engage our human resources? Here’s a case […]

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Using the ATM To Bring Teens to Temple



The entire American Jewish world, it seems, is focused on how to engage or reengage the younger generations of Jews. Foundations are funding, denominations are discussing, and Federations and synagogues are searching for the latest and greatest strategies to engaging these lost generations. Our own Union for Reform Judaism kicked off its Campaign for Youth […]

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