The Torah of Musical Prayer: The magic and mystery of Jewish sacred melody.
How music speaks – The prayer within the song: An figation of the relationship between a liturgical text and its corresponding musical expression.
Shavat vayinafash – The ordinary yet wondrous gift of Shabbat, through the lens of the Shabbat prayer and Biblical text: “V’sham’ru.”
Azam’ra L’elohai b’odee – Singing to God with one’s full self, from the broken and empty to the whole and complete.
“Practice makes imperfect:” An exploration of daily spiritual practice and mindfulness.
Liturgical gems from the contemporary idiom: What makes a modern piece of synagogue music “work?” How does it speak to us? How might it withstand the test of time?
Tradition: A time and place. What is nusach? How does it function within the contemporary liturgical idiom?
Mindful Prayer Leading: Becoming a vessel to give and receive. An exploration of the art and science of prayer leadership.
Five places of awareness: How does Jewish tradition define what it means to live a life of sacred awareness? We will examine five rabbinic paradigms of mindful living.
Joining the dots to make it whole: creating cohesion within the service. A study of prayer “in time.”
Living in tune – The poet Leah Goldberg asks: “Teach me, O God, a blessing, a prayer, on the mystery of a withered leaf…” An appreciation of daily life through the lens of rabbinic and musical tradition.
Filling the room: Prayer leading as invitation. A course for Sh’lichei Tsibor, leaders of prayer.
Mindful singing: From self-consciousness to self-awareness. The inward focus of the performer.
Returning to life: “Ani y’sheina v’libi eyr – I was asleep, but my heart was awake” – Texts and musical settings from our tradition providing insight into the meaning of teshuvah/return.