New – Pesach Song Sheet from Aaron Tornberg
Wedding Music - Community Thought Questions:
What is a wedding without music?
Who chooses the music?
Does their intention or connection with the music matter?
Who plays or contributes to the music?
Does their connection and intention impact the event?
Think of the last wedding or memorable event you went to, what part did music take in the event?
What do you remember about the music?
When someone comes to your congregation, organization or event for the first time, how do they feel about the music?
Do you know what the impact of the music is?
Listen to Sual Kaye's rendition of Lecha Dodi here or one of the dozen other pieces on his new Kabbalat Shabbat album.
Saul Kaye is the pioneer of JEWISH BLUES. Saul has brought together the sounds of the struggle of the African Slaves in this country with the history of the Jewish slavery experience.
Saul has shared stages with all the top name performers in the Jewish world in the last 3 years. Craig Taubman, Dan Nichols, Idan Raichel, Josh Nelson, Joshua Nelson, and Rick Recht. Kaye has played the Greater Jewish Chicago Festival, Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, Philadelphia Jewish Music Festival, Boulder Jewish Music Festival, the Wexner Institute as well as the URJ Biennial, Aleph Kallah, and LIMMUD UK. He is musical director for Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo for High Holidays.
After releasing 3 volumes of Jewish Blues, Kaye began leading Shabbat services in 2010 and has led over 120 in the last 3 years. Kaye wrote a Kabbalat Shabbat CD and now leads services most every Friday and Saturday in communities all over the country with these new melodies. Playing 130-200 concerts, services, ‘edutainment sessions’, and workshops a year, Kaye is illuminating the Jewish World with old soul and new melodies.
Kaye’s latest release, Kabbalat Shabbat, is a celebration of the Friday night prayer service. On this Cd, Kaye, born in South Africa, explores his African Roots with deep rhythms and percussion, sweet harmonies, and has guest artists. Enjoy new melodies to familiar T’filah.
" 'If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.' Intention is spiritual planning, I set an intention before every concert, service, edutainment session, or Festival that I play and even during the event I bring it to mind to realign myself with my higher purpose which is to bring Jews home." - Saul Kaye.
"Music is the connective tissue between all the elements of my life, it is the glue that holds my world together and the oxygen that nourishes my spirit and opens me up to Hashem and connecting to the community around and in front of me." - Saul Kaye
"I'm honored to be considered for a project of this depth and breadth. Thank you for the opportunity to contribute!" - Saul Kaye
As one of the editors of Music, The Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers, I get to see the essays early. Yesterday I had the privilege of reading Beth Hamon's story of life and writing her Lev Tahor.
You can hear more at Music, The Carrier of Intention Author's Blog
“Music is music. It goes above and beyond the limitations of gender, race, religion or culture,” Matisyahu, Jewish reggae star
Diane J Schmidt recently won some awards including:
1st Place, Enterprise Reporting, for "Con Man Posing as Native fools merchants, media" for Gallup Independent, New Mexico Press Women, 2014 and Honorable Mention, Columns/personal, for Spiritual Perspectives column /Gallup Independent, NMPW, 2014. Annual Conference, Hotel Encanto, Las Cruces, NM
More of her writing can be accessed at The Examiner where she has the Albuquerque Judaism beat.
Diane J. Schmidt is a writer, photographer, educator and public speaker. Her work addresses both the seen and the unseen worlds. She covers social and environmental issues in the Southwest and enjoys giving talks with her photos that document coincidence and spirituality in dangerous situations.
Her national awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship for her photo essays on the city at night published in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, and more recently 1st Place for enterprise reporting from the National Federation of Press Women, a Robert R. McCormick Fellowship to the Poynter Institute for journalism, and 1st place for news reporting from the Native American Journalist Association.
Memorable projects include the art photo book "The Chicago Exhibition," her memoir as a photojournalist covering the civil war in El Salvador, and producing health education materials and seminars for the Navajo Nation. She has a BA from Prescott College in Arizona, a BFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design, and an MA in the creative writing program from the University of New Mexico. She and her husband live in New Mexico.
Have You Heard These Men: Arnie Davidson, Eric Komar, Jeff Gold, Saul Kaye?
Aaron Tornberg Ed.M. Ed.S. is an educator, performer, and instructional designer. He has written and performed Jewish Music in cities around the United States and Canada. Aaron has taught Jewish music in religious schools and summer camps for over 25 years in Kansas City, Toronto, Cincinnati, Charlotte, NC and for the last ten years, around Boston and New Hampshire. He currently hosts a public open mic near his home and also created an open mic event called "Finjan Coffeehouse" at Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua, NH.
Singing at various events wherever people want to join in prayer and song, Aaron also created a blog site to showcase his music and teach Jewish songs via audio.
Aaron has degrees from Virginia Tech in Instructional Design and Technology and another from Harvard University in Technology in Education. He uses his technology background to create Jewish music projects. One recent project yielded a podcast by students at Temple Beth Abraham about Jewish music they chose for its Judaic content. He continues to use his love of Jewish Music and Technology in his everyday life. Aaron Tornberg lives in Salem, NH with his wife, Kim and his 4 year old son Benjamin.
For two decades singer-songwriter Eric Komar has shared his unique brand of jazz-tinged Jewish rock at synagogues, JCCs, camps, Hillels, and conventions nationwide. His vast performance experience runs the gamut, from preschoolers to retirees, and his advanced guitar skills are recognized among the most prominent musicians in the field.
Eric’s music has been described as refreshing, superb and hip sounding, having a sophisticated pop sensibility, as well as compelling and truly Jewish. His debut CD Notes from the Underground (2003) is noted for a rock n’ roll “Mi Chamochah” and power-ballad for peace “Lo Yisa Goi.” His second effort Two Life (2007) features special guests Peter and Ellen Allard and includes social action anthem “Justice, Justice.” He ushered in 2011 with Ripples, containing the High Holiday hit “Return” and a contemporary setting of “Dayenu.” His long-awaited kids album Todah Torah, showcasing the talents of his students, was released in the Fall of 2013. Several of Eric’s pieces can be found in publications from Transcontinental Music, as well as Craig Taubman’s Craig n’ Co.
Eric lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children. He currently serves as a synagogue music specialist, does music transcription and typesetting, and teaches guitar.
“When a Jew is sad, he cries; when he is even sadder, he is silent; and if he is even sadder still, he sings.” — Abraham Joshua Heschel
“After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley
“Music: the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.” --Ludwig van Beethoven
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” —Victor Hugo