Julie Silver Sings again!

Once again I am so proud and honored that singer/songwriter and all around amazing Tweeter Julie Silver will help Kol Ami celebrate Shabbat again.  (You can follow Julie’s tweets @JulieAnnSilver.)  Julie Silver is the pre-eminent Jewish recording artist today.  Her music and the settings of the prayers truly lift the soul to the Heavens.

Julie will be leading Friday night Shabbat services with me this coming Friday, February 18 at 8 pm at Congregation Kol Ami.  If you haven’t heard her music please I urge you come hear the voice of an angel of the Heavens!

Singing stirs the soul.  Even if you can’t carry a tune music helps to lift us beyond ourselves and opens up the holy space within.  You have to let the music in and carry you. Even listening to great music can create that opening. Julie’s music does just that.  It gets inside and opens a holy space inside that helps the Divine implant within us the extra soul of Shabbat.  So grow with us on Friday night and come welcome Julie Silver back to Kol Ami.

A Jewish music festival

Don’t forget to join us at Kol Ami tonight.  The amazing Vox Femina choral group will be filling our sanctuary with Jewish music.  Founded by Kol Ami member, Dr. Iris Levine chair of the music department at Cal Poly Pomona, Vox Femina has won numerous awards for their artistry and dedication.

They will join with our amazing Cantor, Mark Saltzman to help our Shabbat services take on the feel of a Jewish Music Festival!  Isn’t that kind of joy exactly what Shabbes is about?

This is in advance of their November 13 concert at USC’s Zipper Auditorium (200 Grand, downtown Los Angeles).  This evening (8 pm) will also be filled completely with Jewish music including a special piece dedicated to the “Women of the Wall” the Israeli group that prays at the Western Wall each Rosh Chodesh (on the New Moon).  This is so timely as of course their leader Anat Hoffman was arrested this summer for carrying the Torah away from the wall.  (I have written about this previously and my experience with them this summer at that incident).

Cantor Saltzman and I will both be at this concert and participate with Vox! (In full disclosure I have been a member of their advisory board for years.)

So I hope you can join us first tonight at Kol Ami at 8 pm

and then again on Saturday night November 13  8 pm at Zipper Auditorium.

Hope to see you there.  Shabbat shalom.

Julie Silver Sings at Kol Ami

I am so thrilled that this year the very awesome, talented and spiritual Julie Silver will be celebrating Shabbat at Kol Ami with me.  Julie has sung on several occasions at Kol Ami, including High Holy Days more than 14 years ago!  This Friday night is the first of five Shabbatot this year: Friday night, October 8 at 8 pm at Kol Ami 1200 N. La Brea Ave at Lexington in West Hollywood.  It just happens to be Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan.

Julie is one of the most talented singer/songwriters out there in the Jewverse!

Her music captures a unique thread that draws one closer to the Holy Divine One.  Plus she has a great sense of humor and is an awesome tweeter.  Follow her at @julieannsilver.

Anyone who has one of her albums or has heard her in concert knows that whenever she sings it fills the soul.  

Visit her website at www.juliesilver.com And do come and sing with us on Shabbat.  Julie will be leading worship with me on Oct. 8, Nov. 19, Jan 21, 2011  Feb 18, March 18 and April 8!

I hope you can make it!

Sing me a song

Music is a powerful force in my life. It has been the glue that has kept me together.  I sang as a child. I taught myself guitar. I played piano. I trained in opera.  I led singing in youth group and camp. I sang in choirs and competed in singing competitions. I was even a voice major when I started college. Music has carried my spirituality and I built my relationship with God on a foundation of harmonies and melodies that have expanded to the intellectual and mystical.

This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song.  At the focal point is Moses’ triumphant poem, the Shirat Hayam-the Song of the Sea.  Found in Exodus 15 in Parshat Beshalach. Moses in verse recalls the parting of the Red Sea, the waves crashing around the Egyptians (Horse and rider God has thrown into the sea), and the power and glory of God (Who is like You among the gods that are worshipped?) 

The victory poem has its own unique melody and meter and layout in the Torah.  Graphically it looks like two walls of water and the crossing that takes place in the middle.  And at the end of the poem we learn that Miriam, Moses’ sister, led the women dancing and playing timbrels as they sang this song of celebration.

This Shabbat we are reminded of this power of music and the gifts of singing and dancing.  We are reminded that they are an integral part of Jewish spirituality and transformation. They certainly have been huge parts of my spirituality and my transformations. This Shabbat sing and dance and celebrate freely!!!!