Tag: music

What Makes Service Sacred?

I walked into the large meeting tent on the first day of Camp @ the J and was greeted by sea of eager faces. I saw the faces of campers from five years old to fifteen who were excited to start their summer, the faces of high school and college students who were ready for the long and rewarding days…

Helping Our Youngest Jews Find Meaning in Music

The music that we hear often influences, whether consciously or not, the emotions that we feel at any given time. Music that is upbeat and in a major key suggests emotions such as joy and satisfaction. A slower tempo and a minor key make us more likely to feel such emotions as sadness or sorrow What happens when we hear…

A New Kind of Song

Think back to a favorite memory of a Jewish experience. Maybe you grew up Jewish and remember a yearly Passover Seder with your family. Maybe your first encounter with Judaism was a recent Shabbat service. Maybe your child came home from summer camp excited about the friends she made. Now, think about what gave that experience the meaning to imprint…