Here are some pieces from Music Carrier of Intention authors and musicians: Arnie Davidson and Shelly Aronson at Shir Hamakom in Glastonbury, CT.
Yedid Nefesh (Taubman)
Hu Eloheinu (featuring Shelly Aronson)
Wrap Me Close (featuring Shelly Aronson)
Hinei (featuring Shelly Aronson) Written by Arnie Davidson and EJ Cohen
Here is what Arnie Davidson says, "Shelly and I have been recording our music!! Hear a preview of our Shir Hamakom "Take Out" music project, ShirOne!! Free with a donation to Shir Hamakom."
On Eden, Arnie Davidson says, "Kabbalah tells us that we reach out toward Eden in moments of performing Mitzvot (kindness). A righteous person, therefore, spends a portion of their life nurtured and nourished in the spiritual sublime womb-state of Eden. We come to understand that lasting satisfaction in life comes from giving."
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
This week we celebrated Shavuot, the moment when the Jewish people received the Torah - Gd's road map and love letter to us all. We learn that every year at this time we are given a renewed opportunity to receive Gd's message in whatever form/voice is most relevant to our hearts. My father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, taught that we actually receive two Torahs on this day. The first, the Torah of Sinai, is a gift that is given automatically and flows to us energetically, regardless of where we stand on a physical or spiritual level. The second is something he called “The Torah of Mistakes.” This Torah must be earned. It is only received when we fall down, break in half, and learn to stand again. The first gift is in our breath, in the air. The second comes when we cry for it enough and are ready to receive in a different way.
My father said that one of humanity's gravest mistakes actually happened at Har Sinai. When Gd appeared to us, we should have begged Him/Her to include the entire world in the revelation. We didn't pray for a “Global Awakening.” We didn't even ask. Now we are still working to heal both this mistake and our priorities as human beings. There is too much selfishness in our world, too much jealousy, too much pettiness.
We learn that we're supposed to love others as we love ourselves. This is a beautiful goal. I wonder what would happen if this year, post Shavuot, we could all acknowledge our past mistakes, and from that place begin to care for every person we encounter. It's incredible what you can see and feel when you open your eyes and heart to another.
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Renna Khuner-Haber grew up in Berkeley, but left for the east coast to attend Barnard College. After completing her bachelor's degree, she returned to San Francisco where she chose the Mission District as her home, and became active in the Mission Minyan community. Sharon Shakked grew up in Tiburon with a more traditional Jewish upbringing, while her husband, Orr, grew up in Israel in a more secular setting. When the two met, Sharon was active in her congregation which Orr soon came to claim as his own. In this segment, both Khuner-Haber and the Shakkeds consider the thoughtful ways they observe Shabbat each week.
The decision to live in the Bay Area is personal and encompasses a wide range of experiences and motivations—some have moved here because of love, others to attend university, to seek a new job, to escape persecution, to establish new rituals, or just to dream a little.
In this documentary commissioned for the exhibition "California Dreaming: Jewish Life in the Bay Area from the Gold Rush to the Present", filmmaker Pam Rorke Levy interviewed a wide range of individuals who call the Bay Area home and identify in some way with being Jewish.
Learn more about "California Dreaming"
Imagine feeling the vibration of the sounds and the words, feeling them as they float across time and space. Now imagine adding a visual component that takes in body movements further engaging you in the sensations of the music.
That is what Judy Caplan Ginsburgh has been doing for more than a dozen years. A cantor, she sings, plays guitar and also signs the music. Not all at the same time, of course.
In her CD Singing and Signing Hebrew Blessings and Songs, Judy instructs you in the basics of sign language beginning with the sign alphabet. Then she leads you step-by-step as you learn to sign eight Hebrew blessings and songs on a beginner level using American sign language. Included are the Sabbath blessings, Ma Yafeh Hayom, Shema and Al Shelosha Devarim. This instructional DVD is designed for teachers and parents to learn from so that they can in turn teach their students and children how to sing and sign Hebrew blessings and songs.
Like tapping, drumming, or dancing, signing adds another layer of engagement and sensation.
What do you do to increase engagement in your services or spiritual practice?
Scribes Julie Seltzer, Hanna Klebansky and Shoshana Gugenheim
Come participate in sewing a Torah scroll to be delivered to the City Shul congregation of Toronto. The evening will include a panel discussion moderated by Rabbi Ruth Gan Kagan, text study and participatory sewing of the Scroll. Men, women and teens of all affiliations are invited to partake. Sunday, May 25th, the 41st of the Omer, 8:00 pm Congregation Kol HaNeshama, 1 Asher Street, Baka, Jerusalem
Sponsored by: Congregations Kol HaNeshama, Nava Tehila and City Shul, Toronto, Ontario