“Thanks to a guitar playing song leader named Ruthie and the music that wafted through the redwoods of Camp Swig, the souls of my generation were animated by a new song I couldn’t stop singing: ‘Sing Unto God’ by Debbie Friedman. This particular song just filled me up, and gave me a language to feel I belonged in the Jewish community. Suddenly it didn’t matter that I didn’t look like all the other Jews–I had a voice.”
-Cantor Angela Buchdahl, HUC-JIR Ordination, May 2012
Central hosts semi-monthly lunchtime organ concerts featuring talented musicians from around the world. Upcoming dates are listed on our Events Calendar. More about the Gabe M. Wiener Memorial Organ can be found in About Our Sanctuary.
This fascinating work was produced in 2011, written by Judah M. Cohen, the Lou and Sybil Mervis Professor of Jewish Culture, Associate Professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Indiana University, under the direction of former Assistant Cantor Elizabeth Sacks, with support from Cantor Angela Buchdahl, and funding from the Rubinstein Family Archival Fund. The outstanding monograph offers us unique insight into the history of Jewish liturgical music in America as it evolved to find its own voice in American society. At the heart of this history are generations of rabbis, cantors, and their choirs and musicians who continually strove to enrich our worship and Jewish communal life. To request a copy, please contact our Archives Office at (212) 838-5122 x2041.
Elana Arian, guitar and violin
Ivan Barenboim, clarinet and recorder
Brian Downen, tenor
Misa Iwama, alto
Benny Koonyevsky, percussion
Andrea Rae Markowicz, soprano/alto
Joe Neal Nelson, baritone
Tami Petty, soprano
Dave Romano, string bass
David Strickland, organ, keyboard
David Vanderwal, tenor
Member Abigail Pogrebin wrote this song at the request of Rabbi Rubinstein and Cantor Buchdahl to underscore the meaning of becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Read about Abigail’s journey to writing this song at TabletMag.com.
Central commissioned this work to celebrate our centennial in 1970.