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Choral Singing

Explore your Jewish music heritage. Acquire worship leadership skills. Study Shabbat repertoire. Sing together with others who are passionate about Jewish music. Learn biblical cantillation. Fine tune your song-leading skills and much more.


Synagogue Choirs as Instruments of Prayer
A guide written by master composer Ben Steinberg, discussing reasons and procedures for starting a choir, rehearsal logistics, repertoire and funding.

The North American Jewish Choral Festival
Hundreds of Jewish music lovers gather to learn about Jewish music and most importantly, to sing Jewish music. This event caters to amateurs as well as professionals, singers as well as non-singers, with workshops and repertoire for every level.

Kolot Yaldeinu: Voices of Our Children - Resources and Repertoire for Children's Choirs
This packet contains a music CD and sampler, along with a catalog of repertoire for children's choirs. To order, contact us.

Training & Curriculum

Divrei Shir: Words of Song
A Curriculum for the Study of Synagogue Music. This is the first in a series of nine modules that explores the beauty and diversity of synagogue music. An excellent resource for adult education and Ritual/Music/Leadership Committee study groups.

Training Programs
The Reform Movement offers several exciting training programs for synagogue musicians, including Mifgash Musicale, the North American Jewish Choral Festival, Hava Nashira and several regional workshops. More

Bo'u L'fanav Bir'nanah: Come Into God's Presence with Singing - Worship Music Guidelines for Small Congregations — This booklet is especially helpful for congregations that do not have trained Jewish music professionals to plan their worship music.

The Art of Torah CantillationThe Art of Cantillation, Vol. 2
A Step-by-Step Guide to Chanting Haftarot and M’gilot
Marshall Portnoy and Josée Wolf

The Art of Torah Cantillation
A Step-by-Step Guide to Chanting Torah
Cantor Marshall Portnoy and Cantor Josée Wolff
This unique, step-by-step book and compact disc package will lead the novice through each step of learning how to chant Torah.

Transcontinental Music Publications, a part of URJ Books & Music, is the music publishing arm of North American Reform Judaism. Their publications cover a wide variety of music used in today's Reform congregations, ranging from professional choir repertoire to songs for nursery school age children. Publications include:

The Complete Shireinu
The most comprehensive single-volume collection of Jewish songs to date! The Complete Shireinu, Volume 3 in the Shireinu series features the best of Israeli, Jewish summer camp, traditional, contemporary and Sephardic genres in fully notated form. The Complete Shireinu is sure to become the standard Jewish songbook. Features all the songs from Ruach 5761. Order now!

Ruach 5761/2001
The newest and hottest compilation CD of contemporary Jewish music available! This CD features 15 hits by twelve of North America's top Jewish musicians including Debbie Friedman, eighteen with Dan Nichols, Jeff Klepper, Rick Recht and many more. Perfect for B'nei mitzvah gifts.....ask about volume pricing. Order now!

R'fuah Sh'leimah
R'fuah Sh'leimah fills a need of synagogues and individuals searching for a way to feel peace and wholeness, with music neatly divided into five distinct sections. This unique collection contains Hebrew texts and English translations along with accompaniment including vocal lines, guitar chords and/or full piano scores. Order now!

Kol Dodi: Jewish Music for Weddings
This new 2-CD set and companion book features five complete wedding services and over 25 songs. Kol Dodi is an invaluable resource in selecting music for the Jewish wedding ceremony! Order now!

Shirei T'shuvah: Songs of Repentance 5-CD set
The long-awaited resource recording for the companion book. Includes over 200 traditional and contemporary melodies for the High Holy Days. Order now!


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