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Expanding our Reach: The Songs of Social Justice and Tikkun Olam at NFTY

Aldous Huxley taught, “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” The most significant moments of our lives have a soundtrack; they have a musical framework that our families, our people, and our society build. During the civil rights movement in America, African American spirituals like Oh Freedom and We Shall Overcome inspired, led, and exclaimed the charge of our fellow citizens looking for justice, for equality.

A Fascinating Window into the World of the Poor People’s Campaign

On February 8th at 9th, I attended a significant portion of the National Theomusicology and Movement Arts Convening for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The program brought together about 100 musicians, visual artists, dancers, spiritual leaders, organizers, and documentarians from over 30 states. Participants journeyed from as far as Alaska to join these days of learning, music, and community in Raleigh, NC.

An Introduction to Chanting: A Webinar with Rabbi Shefa Gold

“In acts of genuine expression, what goes on between the soul of man and the word of prayer is more than an act of employment, of using words as if they were tools. Here the soul and the word react upon each other; the word is a creative force.
Words are not made of paper.

"Words of prayer are repositories of the spirit. It is only after we kindle a light in the words that we are able to behold the riches they contain. It is only after we arrive within a word that we become aware of the riches our own souls contain.”


At the 2017 ACC-GTM Convention in Las Vegas, we inaugurated the Ba'al Chazon Award for Vision, designed to recognize the wide range of our members’ talents and contribution in and beyond the pulpit.

If you are a cantor who fits into one of these categories or if you know of a colleague who fits into one of these categories, please complete the nomination form below.


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