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Songs for All of Us: A Gathering of Hope and Purpose

Songs for All of Us: A Gathering of Hope and Purpose

Four musicians playing in front of a room of viewers

On Thursday, Jan. 21, hundreds of viewers tuned in to Facebook to watch “Songs for All of Us: A Gathering of Hope and Purpose,” an inspired and powerful hour of song, spoken word, and prayer streamed live. The evening featured Jewish musicians Josh Nelson, Michelle Citrin, Rick Recht, and Elana Arian, along with speakers Rabbi Leora Kaye and April Baskin, both of the Union for Reform Judaism. This intimate event took place in Brooklyn, N.Y. in front of a live audience of musicians, artists, community leaders, and clergy members, and was livestreamed globally to an online audience reaching around the world.

Says musical artist Josh Nelson, who co-organized the event,

“We are all aware that music plays an important role in times of joy. Truthfully, its role in times of discord can be just as powerful (or, perhaps, even more powerful).

While the world faces a particularly challenging moment in time, our response is to strengthen our resolve, to come together, and to transcend the chaos that pulls us from our spiritual center. This gathering was convened to bring music to each of us and all of us. That night, songs of peace, hope, and connectedness filled the space, all of which have been hard to come by, lately.”

Viewers requested the set list from the event, which is now available to anyone who would like to dig deeper into the songs played during “Songs for All of Us.” You can also download a song sheet that includes lyrics to many of the songs. In order of performance, the musical numbers played that evening were:

  1. “May I Suggest,” words and music by Susan Werner
  2. Hinei Ma Tov,” music by Rick Recht
  3. “America the Beautiful,” with alternate lyrics by Noel Paul Stookey found here; read by Rabbi Lisa Tzur
  4. “Someday,” words and music by Michelle Citrin
  5. Salaam,” words and music by Mosh Ben Ari; arranged by Dan Nichols
  6. Olam Chesed Yibaneh,” words and music by Rabbi Menachem Creditor
  7. Oseh Shalom,” words and music by Yoel Sykes
  8. Yhiyu L’ratzon,” words and music by Michelle Citrin
  9. Shalom Rav,” music by Cantor Jeff Klepper
  10. “One and Only,” words and music by Josh Nelson
  11. “This Land is Your Land,” words and music by Woody Guthrie

To hear more from each of the musical artists who performed furing the event, visit their websites:

“Songs for All of Us” was a joint project of the Union for Reform Judaism, jDoes, Jewish Rock Radio, Positive Jewish Living, and Harmony in Unison. Didn't catch it live? Watch the archived video now.

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Kate Bigam Kaput is the assistant director of messaging and branding for the Union for Reform Judaism and, in this role, serves as a content manager and editor for A prolific essayist and lifestyle blogger, Kate's writing has been featured in The Washington PostEsquire, Woman's Day, Cleveland Magazine,, Jewish Women Archive, and more. Kate, who grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, holds a degree in magazine journalism and lives in Cleveland, OH, with her husband.

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