A class by Cantorial Soloist Mitzi Schwarz.
Music is an integral part of any Jewish worship service. It’s often what transports us to expanded, prayerful states of consciousness and awareness. What can make the experience of singing during a Shabbat (or any other) service even more profound, though, is having a deep understanding of the prayer itself, its origins, the meaning, often Kabbalistic, of its words, and, of course, really learning the melodies of the prayers we’re singing.
On Tuesday evening, February 26, and occurring on the fourth Tuesday of every month thereafter, I’m going to lead a gathering called “For The Love Of The Music.” We will look at the prayers of our Makom Shabbat service, learn the melodies thoroughly and methodically, learn the origins of the prayers, examine their meanings, and share how these meanings do or don’t apply to our own lives today. In this way, we can (hopefully!) enter into an even deeper prayer experience when we congregate together on Friday nights.
We’ll meet at Bethel Lutheran Church (room to be determined) from 7:30 pm to 9 pm. This is open to everyone, members and non-members alike. For the next few months, we’ll focus on the music of our Friday night service only; once we’ve moved through this music, we’ll begin exploring music of other worship services: High Holy Days liturgy, Passover, etc. And, without question, we’ll explore the original music composed by our own Makom members, past and present. Our composers will always be invited to lead these soirees and share their own creative and musical inspiration.
I look forward to seeing old friends and new on Tuesday evening, February 26, 2013!
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Makom Ohr Shalom
Makom Ohr Shalom is a diverse community committed to outreach and inclusiveness in prayer, Torah study and everything else we do. We honor Jewish traditions of meditation and spirituality by including silent meditation, guided visualization, chanting, and original music in our services, together with traditional prayers. Members engage in social justice work together, celebrate each others joyous milestones and support one another in times of sorrow. “Makom Ohr Shalom” means “a place for the light of peace.” Thus, the name of our synagogue reminds us of our best spiritual vision and aspiration.