A professional singer, multi award-winning recording artist, and educator, Judy Caplan Ginsburgh has shared her musical gifts on pulpits across North America since 1981. She has a degree in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Perhaps best known for her best-selling recordings for Jewish families, Shalom Yeladim has become a classic. Judy is the creator of the popular—My Jewish World music curriculum produced by the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). She has also developed a way to teach prayer book Hebrew through sign language and music enabling learners to really understand what they are praying.
Judy is a certified sound healer and uses tuning forks, crystal bowls, vocal toning and aromatherapy in her healing practice. She is the founder and Executive Director of Central Louisiana Arts & Healthcare, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to bring innovative arts experiences into healthcare settings to assist with the healing process. In January, 2014, Judy received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute. To find out more about Judy and her work, please visit Judy Music.com and Arts and Healthcare.org
Welcome to the Launch For One of Our Current Projects. The expected publication date for Music, The Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers is scheduled to be free as an eBook on Amazon on September 18th for one day.
If you are one of the Authors, Musicians, Cantors, Rabbis, Poets, or Singers involved in the project - Thank you. This is a very special project for Ann White and Kimberly Burnham at The Creating Calm Network Publishing Group and the editors, Elizabeth Goldstein and Kimberly Burnham.
There is a saying that, "A rising tide lifts all boats." In the case of Music, The Carrier of Intention in 49 Jewish Prayers, an anthology launch lifts all spirits and moves your ideas out into the world. This book is about sharing your experiences so that people can live happier, more connected fulfilled lives because of what each of us shares.
Each of the fifty or so participants (musicians, cantors, rabbis, singers, poets, writers) in this project have been asked to choose a piece of Jewish music, liturgy or Torah passage to focus on as they tell their story of intention and music. The following five questions are guiding the writing process.
1) What is your intention while singing during Jewish services? What do you intend with your song? What does the singing draw you towards?
2) "Music is the carrier of intention, so the intention and focus of the person leading liturgical music is vital to the well-being of the congregation." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What are your thoughts on this idea?
3) "The intention and focus of the individual listening to and participating in a Jewish prayer service, influences not only their own well-being but that of everyone else around them because the music connects us." Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What are your thoughts on this idea?
4) Is there a piece of prayer, praise or gratitude expressed in music that particularly touches you? Why?
5) Would you like to share a story about the power of music in your spiritual, mental or physical life?
The questions are meant as guidelines to express the way the music touches you and impacts your life and that of your community.