Does the music at High Holy Days inspire you? Cause you to reflect? Make you feel connected? The prayers and melodies at Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur can be categorized in one or more of the four categories adapted from the writings of Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller, professor at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
These are familiar tunes that help us gather as a community. They are usually “sing-along” melodies at the beginning or end of the service, or after silent prayer. Examples are Hinei Mah Tov, Mah Tovu, Oseh Shalom, and Yism’chu.
These melodies evoke a sense of awe and wonder and might include Kol Nidre, Avinu Malkeinu, and Sim Shalom.
These are prayers of great intention, where the message of the prayer is of primary importance. For instance Mi Shebeirach, prayer of healing; Mourner’s Kaddish; Nissim B’chol Yom, the morning blessings; and B’rosh HaShanah.
These songs lead us inward toward reflective, contemplative, even private prayer, such as Adonai S’fatai Tiftach, Elohai N’tzor, and Elohai N’shama.
Some prayers fit into several categories, and each of us would categorize the prayers uniquely. Though the choir will sing many of the melodies, you are encouraged to sing along. Harmonize, meditate, reflect. Which prayers fit which categories for YOU?
Our hope is that we can meet you with melodies that feel right, that we can inspire you with those that feel majestic, and that we can help you reach meaningful and meditative moments throughout all of the High Holy Days.
Shofar sounding workshop for the new, seasoned, or just out of practice!
Here is your opportunity to learn how to blow shofar or just practice before the High Holidays are upon us! It'll take less than a half hour. If you have a shofar, bring it. If you don't own a shofar, we'll provide one to practice on. Kids, adults, members, and friends -- all are welcome!
Please join us and help make our High Holiday experience full of sound!