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Singing and better understanding our services for all

As part of the community's initiative to enhance music in our services, we are holding Chulyot sessions in which we will especially focus on singing for Friday Nights. We will also explore some of the meaning and structure of our prayers together so that you might even integrate some elements into your personal routine at home.

We are excited that Yoav will teach some Leyning and singing. Hebrew, transliteration and sheet music will be provided. You don’t need to be “a great singer” to come. The purpose is to connect to our services and each other better, and to enjoy the singing.

The emphasis will be to have fun and to create a community of Chulyot – like minded members who wish to feel confident in their singing.  Our hope is that we can teach members to become more familiar and confident with their music, and by doing so actively contribute to our services, and on a personal level, enjoy the many emotions which our rich musical tradition offers. 
We are not looking for a choir, or a major commitment, just a gentle upgrade over time of musical knowledge for those who are interested. This is why we have chosen the term Chulyot for this initiative: Chulya are the windings in the Tzitzit at the corners of a Tallit. These windings of white and blue bind the loose threads and together, the Chulyot, create a firm but flexible spine for the Tzitzit. We hope in the same way that individuals within our community can help bind and fortify our communal singing. 

In early December, we all came together to learn some Leyning skills and to work on some songs for our Kabbalat Shabbat service. In the two upcoming sessions we will continue to explore the serivce:

  • 19th January, Yoav, Rabbi Benji and Yael Roberts will be empowering members to take on the second half of our Kabbalat Shabbat service, from Mizmor Shir to the Kaddish.
  • 26th January, we will be having an open-ended workshop with Yoav, where members can ask any questions about the music in our service.

All sessions are from 8:00-9:00pm. You can come to any or all the sessions, please just complete the form below to let us know which sessions you can attend.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in touch.

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Fri, 2 June 2023 13 Sivan 5783