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Screencap from Six13 video of its members faces illuminated against a black background

A cappella music-makers Six13 are back with their new Hanukkah parody song, a very Jewish riff on Queen's iconic "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Kate Kaput
Dancing scene from Fiddler on the Roof

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s (People’s Stage) Yiddish version of Fiddler on the Roof is now playing to full houses and standing ovations in New York City.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
G-clef and musical notes written in chalk on a blackboard

Nigunim, wordless melodies, can take numerous forms: some are fast and energetic, others are ponderous and slow, still others dance back and forth between joy and sorrow.

Cantor David Berger
Closeup of piano keys

On the night of January 21, 2005, a drunk driver paralyzed me. I was 21 and just starting my music career.

Dave Schlossberg
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

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