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The Torah of Music (Joey Weisenberg and Deborah Sacks Mintz)
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wednesday, January 26, 2022
The Torah of Music
Joey Weisenberg (1/5 and 1/12) and Deborah Sacks Mintz (1/19 and 1/26)
Music has the power to express the soul’s deepest prayers, to bridge divides between disparate people and strengthen communal ties, to translate ancient narrative into modern reality. In this series, Joey Weisenberg and Deborah Sacks Mintz will uncover the essential role of song across Jewish history, offering a sweeping view of traditional sources and revealing pathways to infuse song into our own lives. LINK
Session 1: Introduction to The Torah of Music, with Joey Weisenberg
Imagine all the books from the traditional Jewish library are opened to pages containing their most musical passages. Drawing from his award-winning anthology, The Torah of Music, Joey Weisenberg leads a millenia-spanning tour of songful wisdom, offering a glimpse of the rich musical dreamscape of the ancient sages and telling the story of music’s essential role in the spiritual practice of Jewish life today and throughout history.
Session 2: From Psalm to Song: Uncovering the Hidden Melodies of Our Texts, with Joey Weisenberg
Ancient Jewish prayer-songs and poetry, such as the Psalms, are often rollercoaster-like expressions of the human soul that vary as widely in their thematic consistency as they do in their poetic structures. This class will explore how we can draw out coherent ideas from the Psalms and other ancient texts and fit them into contemporary musical meters and song structures.
Session 3: Singing through the Sea, Lamenting at the River: Song Narratives in Tanakh, with Deborah Sacks Mintz
How has music expressed both power and joy, and suffering and loss, throughout the Jewish people’s narrative? Where do we see our own experiences embedded within these stories? In this text-based class, we’ll explore two key Biblical narratives centering the outpouring of song.
Session 4: Music as Midrash: A Collaborative Workshop, with Deborah Sacks Mintz
How does the modality of music itself unearth new layers in text? We’ll explore the ways music shifts, sharpens, and complicates our relationship to the sources explored in this series and beyond, collaboratively creating new melodies and telling new stories of our own.
Joey Weisenberg is the founder and co-director of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute. He is a mandolinist, guitarist, singer, and percussionist who has performed and recorded in a wide variety of musical styles. Joey has worked as the Music Director at Brooklyn’s oldest synagogue, the Kane Street Synagogue, and visits shuls and communities around the world as a musician-in-residence, in which he teaches his popular ‘Spontaneous Jewish Choir” workshops. He is the author of Building Singing Communities (2011) and award-winning The Torah of Music (2017), both published by the Hadar Institute. His CDs of original music, “Joey’s Nigunim Volumes I-VI” are available here, and his instructional videos “Table Top Rhythms for Jewish Singing” can be found online.
Deborah Sacks Mintz is the Community Singing Consultant of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, serving as a resource to communities across North America and beyond who seek to deepen their practice of empowered song and connective prayer. A ba’al tefila and educator, Deborah has served innovative institutions around the country, including Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, the Brandeis Collegiate Institute in Los Angeles, and B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan. In addition to composing new Jewish music, Deborah can be found regularly performing and recording with a wide range of musicians, including as a featured vocalist and harmony singer in Joey Weisenberg’s Hadar Ensemble. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Deborah is pursuing rabbinic ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Learn more about Deborah’s work at www.deborahsacksmintz.com.
There is no fee, but please RSVP for planning purposes. This event is held virtually on Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. For more information, contact Program Director Ilene Tatro at email@example.com.
CSP Partners: Beth Israel (San Diego, CA), Brotherhood Synagogue (Gramercy Park, NYC), Congregation Beth Shalom (Seattle, WA), Congregation B’nai Tzedek (Fountain Valley, CA), Congregation B’nai Israel (Tustin, CA), Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, CA, Shomrei Torah Synagogue (San Fernando Valley, CA), Temple Bat Yahm (Newport Beach, CA), Temple Beth El of South Orange County (Aliso Viejo, CA), Temple Beth Emet (Anaheim, CA), Temple Beth Ohr (La Mirada, CA), Temple Beth Tikvah (Fullerton, CA), Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA), Temple Beth Sholom (Santa Ana, CA), Temple Emanuel (Newton, MA), Town & Village Synagogue (NYC, NY), University Synagogue (Irvine, CA), Valley Beth Shalom (Encino, CA) & Walnut Street Synagogue (Chelsea, MA)