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June 08, 2020 PsalmSeason Concert: A Playlist for a Time of Upheaval

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  • organizer Miller Center of Hebrew College
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In response to the unfolding global pandemic and upheaval over racial injustice, on June 8, 2020 The Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership at Hebrew College and the Interfaith Youth Core will launch a major new digital initiative on the Book of Psalms entitled PsalmSeason: An Online Encounter with the Wisdom of the Psalms.

Miller Center Director Rabbi Or Rose envisioned the project and enlisted long-time interfaith colleague Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Senior Advisor at IFYC, to bring the project to life.

The project will begin with an online PsalmSeason Concert on June 8 at 7:30 pm EDT US, followed by the launch of the PsalmSeason digital platform—an 18-week exploration of the Psalms focusing one psalm each week. The selected psalms and contemporary reflections address the feelings of sadness, shock, dislocation, and fear brought on by the pandemic and social upheaval. They also provide solace, strength, and hope for a better future.

Read the Press Release

Read more about the Miller Center’s recent work.

PsalmSeason Concert

The project kicks-off on Monday, June 8, 7:30 pm EDT US with a live concert “PsalmSeason: A Playlist for our Time” featuring 18 musical and poetic expressions from a diverse group of performers from Ireland, Uganda, Israel, and the US. Performers will share pieces directly from the Psalms or inspired by its themes of lament and longing, comfort and strength, and gratitude and hope.

How to Watch

The concert will be streamed here and on the Hebrew College YouTube channel and Facebook pages.

Performers and contributors include:

  • Sweet Honey in the Rock
  • David Broza
  • Neshama Carlebach
  • Peter Himmelman
  • Rabbi Roly Matalon and the B’nai Jeshurun Musicians
  • Marty Lamar
  • The Yuval Ron Ensemble
  • Deborah Sacks Mintz
  • Poor Bishop Hooper
  • Joey Weisenberg
  • Reverend Vince Anderson
  • Danny Maseng
  • Owen & Michael Padraig o Suilleabhain & Nóirín Ní Riain,
  • Abayudaya: The Jews of Uganda, introduced by Rabbi Jeffrey Summit
  • Ariel Horowitz
  • Paiter Van Yperen
  • Drew Drake
  • Alondra Bobadilla

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PsalmSeason Summer 18-week Project

The multifaceted project, which will be hosted on IFYC’s Interfaith America website, will last 18 weeks — the number for “life” in Hebrew. The initiative offers individuals with a rich context in which to explore their swirling thoughts and feelings through the prism of this ancient and beloved collection of prayer-poems.

Featured Contributors

Contributors represent a range of religious, spiritual, and secular traditions, and include musicians, artists, poets, storytellers, scholars, and activists.*

  • Krista Tippett (NPR)
  • Father James Martin (America Magazine)
  • Sharon Salzberg (Insight Meditation)
  • Marilyn Nelson (Poet Laureate, Connecticut)
  • Imam Taymullah Abdur-Rahman (Massachusetts Department of Correction)
  • Dr. Ellen Davis (Duke University)
  • Rev. William Lamar IV (Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in
  • Washington, DC)
  • Sarah Hurwitz (senior White House speechwriter for President Obama)
  • Dr. Obery Hendricks (Columbia University)
  • Dr. Aviva Zornberg (author/teacher)
  • Brother Paul Quenon (poet and photographer)
  • Dr. Jerome Groopman (Harvard Medical School)
  • Makoto Fujimura (visual artist)
  • Rabbi Sharon Brous (Ikar, LA)
  • Bishop Gene Robinson (Chautauqua Institute)
  • Ruth Messinger (American Jewish World Service)
  • Rev. Brian McLaren (author)

*partial list