Community Blog Music and Prayer Leadership

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Nurturing the Heart, Mind, and Soul

At Hebrew College, our rabbinical and cantorial students and alumni are using music in innovative and creative ways for their prayer leadership — infusing traditional Jewish liturgy and prayer forms, as well as contemporary, experimental, and world music to create meaningful tefilah and learning for their communities. Below are just a few examples.

Music and Leadership

Hear from two Rabbinical School of Hebrew College alumni—Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer `14, Rabbi/Chazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco and Rabbi David Fainsilber `14, Rabbi at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe in Stowe, VT—talk about how they use music in their prayer leadership.

Music and Chesed

Hebrew College 2014 alumnus Rabbi David Fainsilber `14 uses music to bring chesed to his congregation, The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, VT.

Music and Jewish Learning

Hebrew College 2014 alumnus Rabbi Jessica Kate Meyer, Rabbi/Chazzan at The Kitchen in San Francisco, infuses  niggunim  fro all over the world into her teaching and prayer leadership.

Weekly Spiritual Nourishment

Rabbinical student Jackson Mercer and friends are using music to provide hope. Jackson also co-hosts a weekly Hebrew College Niggun Seminar with classmate Shani Rosenbaum on and Zoom; together they invite guest teachers to teach a niggun and offer a kavannah each Thursday at 1 p.m.

Music and Social Justice

Cantor Vera Broekhuysen `16 writes music inspired by her social justice work. Visit her website to listen to these original works :

  • Caoba Farms Nignwritten in Antigua, Guatemala as part of the 2019-20 Global Justice Fellowship of American Jewish World Service. (Composed and recorded by Vera Broekhuysen in 2020.)
  • Poteiakh et-yadekha, Hebrew from Psalm 145 (“Ashrei”), original English translation, created for a minchah (afternoon) service at the New Mexico/Mexico border wall near El Paso on a clergy witness trip to the border with T’ruah and HIAS. (Composed and recorded by Vera Broekhuysen in 2019.)

Hallel Minyan

haller-minyan posterHebrew College 2017 alumni Rabbi Mónica Gomery  and Rabbi  Arielle Rosenberg are collaborating on an online Hallel minyan called “Mutual Aid Hallel,” bringing innovative music and prayer in celebration of Rosh Chodesh to their communities at Congregation Kol Tzedek in Philadelphia, PA and Shir Tikvah in Minneapolis, MN respectively.

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