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Shabbat Shira: Sermons in Song

Shabbat Shira (the Sabbath of Song) is celebrated on the Sabbath of the
Torah portion B’shalach, usually in January or February, depending upon
the Hebrew calendar.

At Temple Emanu-El, we celebrate this time of year with a special weekend of Jewish music. Included is the chanting of the “Song of the Sea” and a Sermon in Song that explores some of the varied repertoire of our heritage.

Join us on Friday, January 30, 2015, at 6 PM 
in the Fifth Avenue Sanctuary, when we will honor Cantor Lori Corrsin on the occasion of her retirement.

The evening will feature music by Aaron Copland, one of the most respected American classical composers of the 20th century.
We also will be joined by members of the New York City Children’s Chorus. A festive Oneg Shabbat will follow.

RSVP to Indira Tiwari, or call 212-744-1400, ext. 222.

This year’s Shabbat Shira theme is:

“Aaron Copland: The Champion of American Music.”

As part of the Sermon in Song, the Emanu-El Choir will perform In the Beginning, for mixed chorus, a cappella. Written in 1947 for the Harvard Symposium on Music Criticism, the text is from Genesis 1:1-2:7.

Learn more about Aaron Copland »

In addition, members of the New York City Children’s Chorus will perform arrangements of Aaron Copland’s American songs, including Simple Gifts, Zion’s Wall and The Promise of Living, and Elaine Broad Ginsberg’s choral arrangement of Nurit Hirsh’s Oseh Shalom.

Learn more about the Children’s Chorus »

Launch the audio player to listen to previous Sermons in Song.


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