Music & Prayer
“There is an inner connection between music and the spirit. When language aspires to the transcendent, and the soul longs to break free of the gravitational pull of the earth, it modulates into song… Words are the language of the mind. Music is the language of the soul.” (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks)
At Beth Meyer Synagogue, sacred music is at the heart of every prayer experience. Whether we are chanting a melody from Beth Meyer “custom,” a Carlebach niggun, traditional nusah/cantillation, or a neo-hasidic melody new to our prayer service, we aim to bring what is old and new into conversation through communal song. At Beth Meyer, the melodies are intentionally used to enable people to enter into prayer rather than to set the “singers” or “leaders” apart. These sacred melodies allow us to elevate our words and enable our spirits to soar.
The links on the left of this page are designed to help you become more comfortable in services, aid in your personal spiritual practice, or enable you to lead services. Enjoy!
The playlist for Rabbi Jenny's Prayerful Music workshop (August 23rd and 30th, 2017) can be found here.