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Female songleader Dawn Bernstein leads a group of campers in song in a photo from URJ GUCI camp in the 1970s

When I was growing up, Jewish music was the sole purview of men. I had never seen a woman sing on the bimah (pulpit) - but then I made history.

Dawn Bernstein
Black and white photo of Leonard Bernstein playing the piano

More than 30 countries are hosting concerts featuring Bernstein’s music, including the U.S., Canada, France, Britain, Israel, China, Russia, Iran, Malaysia, and Kuwait.

Rabbi A. James Rudin
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

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