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Young woman chanting Torah

In this week’s Torah portion, B'reishit, we are introduced to “text painting,” a basic method of trope that uses melody directly connected to the meaning of the words.

Cantor David Reinwald
Woman playing the cello

For most North American Jews, the haunting melody of Kol Nidrei surely is the piece of liturgy that best represents Yom Kippur, prompting us to delve deep into our souls.

Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro
Red cassette tape lightly unspooling

 

I began dreaming about an alternative High Holiday experience – a musical journey that would tap into ancient liturgical themes and refract them through the lens of hip-hop. Kind of like Rosh HaShanah: The Remix.

Rabbi Alex Kress
Medieval Sephardic synagogue in Castelo de Vide, Portugal

What do dates, pomegranates, apples, spinach, squash, pumpkin, beets, scallions, and maybe even, the cheek meat of a fish have to do with Rosh HaShanah

Rabbi Lisa Sari Bellows
Woman in shadow facing away and holding a guitar overhead with both hands. Sunshine and clouds surround her shadow.

Learn the backstory of how a new song, “Creation Sings,” grew from the collaboration among two musicians and a liturgist.

Cantor Erin Frankel and Alden Solovy
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

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