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Close-up of violin being played

Although German composer Jakob Felix Mendelssohn’s wedding march is rarely heard at Jewish weddings, it is perfect for them.

Cantor Jacqueline L. Marx
Musicians featured on the "Together as One" CD

This past December, I took a leap of faith, and found something I didn’t even know I was missing.

Marci Geller
Headshot of musician Guy Mendilow with long blond hair and a hat holding a guitar

Israeli-born musician Guy Mendilow directs a world-class ensemble that combines evocative storytelling with emotionally captivating music. 

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Students recording "Songs of Darkness and Hope" in a local church

Learn how students in rural Maine created “Songs of Darkness and Hope,” a one-of-a-kind album of Holocaust music.

Courtney Naliboff
Silhouette of a woman holding a guitar above her head at sunset

How much change can one person really accomplish? How effective can a single soul be in casting out shadows, drowning out the dismal drone, and rallying the righteous?

Billy Jonas
Open book with Hebrew writing and gold page marker across one page

A new translation of the Books of Psalms offers a fresh perspective on these ancient poems.

Kristine Henriksen Garroway, Ph.D.
Sheet music

Learn about “Hatikvah,” Israel’s national anthem, which has several surprises connected to its words and music.

Cantor Marshall Portnoy and Rabbi Geri Newburge
group of people dancing in pink/purple light with confetti in the air

On a dance floor blasting ‘80s music, I found a sliver of divine joy. If it was a fraction of what King David felt when he “danced with joy,” it was a heartfelt prayer.

Cantor Jamie Marx
Songleaders dressed in white playing guitar and singing on an outdoor stage at URJ Camp Newman looking out over Shabbat services attended by campers

Recent California wildfires devastated Camp Newman’s physical space. I feel that it is my duty – and my honor – to give back to the camp that has given me the world. 

Rachel Wolman
Bullhorn with soft, colorful bubbles coming out of it

The worst sin of all is failing to speak up. When we say nothing, we are saying everything wrong. Worse yet, when we say nothing, we are saying everything wrong is right.

Cantor Jacqueline L. Marx

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