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White headphones around a plastic heart against a bright blue background

For many of us, words seem inadequate to describe how we are feeling at this very moment. It is music that can carry us, support us, and hold out the possibility of hope and a better future.

Rabbi Esther Lederman
Closeup of a hand strumming a guitar

This song provides us with a musical roadmap: Give fear room to process, but do not let it take root; humbly accept the unnatural and urgent circumstances before us; and then, put one foot in front of the other, sing with gusto, and digitally embrace your people.

Rabbi Alex Kress
Cantor David Berger smiling and strumming a guitar

Meet Cantor David Berger, the cantor at Chicago’s KAM Isaiah Israel and’s current Ten Minutes of Torah commentator for the Book of Leviticus.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Group of children in costumes under a sign reading THE LITTLE MERMAIDELEH

What makes for the perfect Purim-spiel? Cantor Marnie Camhi, who serves Temple Beth Miriam in Elberon, N.J., has become a bit of an expert. 

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
The author and her mother

My mother died on Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath when Moses and the children of Israel sang while Miriam the Prophet led everyone in dance after crossing the sea to freedom.

Cantor Jacqueline Marx
Silhouette of a pregnant person against a brightly colored sunset

Singing during pregnancy is not without challenges, to say the least. Our bodies go through an amazing transformation during pregnancy, and many of them affect the voice.

Cantor Sheila Nesis
Posed photo the The Soul Children and director Walt Whitman posing with the staff of Am Shalom synagogue

Rabbi Steven Stark Lowenstein, senior rabbi of Am Shalom on Glencoe, IL, has a special relationship with Dr. Walt Whitman and his celebrated youth gospel choir, The Soul Children of Chicago, which will be performing at the upcoming Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Biennial.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
David Broza in concert

David Broza, singer-songwriter, peace activist, and Israel’s native son, has been charming audiences worldwide with his folk and rock music for more than four decades.

Jo-Ann Mort
Black and white photo of Leonard Cohen

After his father died, 9-year-old Leonard Cohen folded a message into one of his father’s bowties and buried it. All his work, Cohen later said, grew out of that act.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Worshippers wearing tallitot with heads bowed, intentionally praying

Often, it’s unrealistic to go from our hectic daily life to Shabbat without a buffer between the two – time to take a breath, adjust, unwind, and re-orient our thinking.

Cantor Cliff Abramson


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