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Sacred Drumming

  “I have been a professional musician, drummer/percussionist, for many years now. I have been blessed to tour the world and share the stage with folks such as Isaac Stern, Yo-yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Wynton Marsalis, Wycliff Gordon, Roger McGuinn and so many others. I have recorded commercial, LPs, CDs, and performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, Let My People Sing, and many other… Read Article →

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Cantor in Prague

“I travelled to Prague for the 11th European Cantors Association conference and am enthralled by this city, this conference, and yes, the authentic Pilsner! Cantor Naftali Herstik, my mentor from Jerusalem, who is Chief Cantor Emeritus of the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem and the founder and director of the Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute, was the featured lecturer, and because of his international fame, cantors-scholars came from Canada, Czech Republic, England,… Read Article →

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The Buckeye Bard

“I like to leave myself open to inspiration, since I’ve found that sometimes it comes at the most unexpected times. I feel it is important to see every person I meet and every piece of music I hear as a potential source of inspiration.” (Cantor Richard Lawrence Can’14, Temple Emanu El, Orange Village, Ohio) The School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College

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Deep From the Heart of Texas

“People think I’m crazy to fly back to Texas every week, but I do it mostly to see my dogs and the other critters. I can’t imagine a life without my animals, my music, and my learning. It’s what I do and what makes me…me. If all it takes is a little inconvenience, well, it’s worth it. In a way, it’s the best of both worlds.” (Monica Braverman, student in The… Read Article →

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What Would Abraham Do?

Parshat Vayera, Genesis 18:1-22:24 Natick, my beloved suburban New England town, has for the second time this year been in the news because of bigotry. In August, a lesbian couple’s rainbow flag was stolen and their house egged. Last week, in an act of hate apparently inspired or emboldened by the election results, a Natick resident sent a series of racist and expletive-filled notes to a white neighbor, warning him… Read Article →

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Sing, Sing, Singapore

“My heart was in the east . . .as I had the privilege of leading the United Hebrew Congregation of Singapore with Rabbi Nathan Alfred for the Yamim Noraim this year. I was struck anew by how the mindful use of liturgy and melody work to create community, even as I was welcomed by this diverse group of Jews from Egypt, South Africa, Australia, Israel, Singapore, Myanmar, the UK, America… Read Article →

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Mastering the Trill

“’I’m a soprano, but I prefer to sing mezzo because it’s right in that perfect, sweet spot. When I’m in that mezzo range, I’m expressing myself not just by singing the notes, but by feeling and communicating the meaning behind the Hebrew text. I’m less focused on reaching a particular note or mastering a difficult trill correctly; I’m just embodying the music. It’s an out of body experience.” (Dara Rosenblatt,… Read Article →

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The Role of Melody

“I think that melody is the soul of life. That’s from a book by Percy Goetschius from 1917, but it’s my favorite quote. To produce melody from within is to understand your own soul and where you fit in life.” (Jacob Harris, Prayer Leader Summer Institute student and Hebrew College resident choir, Kol Arev, member) Learn more about the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College

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Cantor Sarah Bolts, Rab’16

“When I started cantorial school at Hebrew College, one of the questions I hear most often is, “How did a woman from an Orthodox community end up becoming a cantor?” I often cite my bat mitzvah as one of the early catalysts: my first experience of leading in a Jewish context, and a foundation for future Jewish leadership. My bat mitzvah was far from typical, both for my community at the… Read Article →