Music & Prayer                                         

Shabbat Shira* 2016

Mizrachi Music:  The Melodies of Middle Eastern and Northern African Jews - Friday, January 22, 6:30 pm

*Shabbat Shira is the name given to the Shabbat when the “Song of the Sea” (Shirat Ha-Yam) is read from the Torah.  This is the poem Moses and the Israelites sing when they’ve crossed the sea, and the sea crashes down on the Egyptians.  The Song of the Sea includes Mi Chamocha and a few other famous verses.  Miriam’s Song (made famous by Debbie Friedman, z”l), comes from the narrative right after the song, and the story of Deborah helping Barak defeat Sisera is the Haftarah of Parashat B’shalach.  Congregations around the world celebrate this Shabbat of freedom with a celebration of music, a sermon in song, special musical presentations. 

The Shir Tikvah Choir

Shir Tikvah is a musical congregation, blending harmonies at services, and has an active choir. 

Shir Tikvah Choir, under the direction of Marlys Fiterman, sings for the High Holy Days and for Shabbat Shira. We sing from a varied repertoire from early composers such as Lewandowski and Janowski, to modern composers such as Finkelstein and Maseng. To volunteer for the choir, please contact our Director of Spiritual Engagement, Wendy Goldberg.


Sunday August 28        6:30-9:00 Rehearsal at Shir Tikvah

Thursday  September 1     6:30-9:00       Rehearsal at Shir Tikvah

Thursday  September 8        6:30-9:00  Rehearsal at Shir Tikvah

Sunday  September 11   6:00-9:00    Rehearsalat Shir Tikvah--special session with congregational prayer leaders

Thursday  September 15      6:30-9:00 Rehearsal at Shir Tikvah

Sunday September 18      6:30-9:00           Rehearsal at Shir Tikvah

Thursday September 22    6:30-9:00         Rehearsal at Shir Tikvah (Final Slichot Rehearsal)

Saturday September 24 6:00-9:00 Slichot at Shir Tikvah (service at 7)

Sunday September 25      6:30-9:00           Rehearsal at Shir Tikvah

Thursday September 29 6:30-9:00   Rehearsal at First Universalist Church

3400 Dupont Ave. S.

Sunday October 1 8:00 p.m.       Erev Rosh Hashannah Services

              First Universalist Church

              CHOIR is not singing

Monday October 2  9:15 call Rosh Hashanah at First Universalist Church

     10:30 service

Thursday October 6    6:30-9:00     Rehearsal at Shir Tikvah

Sunday October 9 6:00-9:00 First Universalist

Tuesday October 11 6:30 call Kol Nidre    First Universalist

   8:00 Service

Wed.  October 12        9:30 call Yom Kippur  First Universalist

10:30 service


3:00 call   Mincha/Yizkor 

3:15 service

“Tizmoret Tikvah”!  Shir Tikvah's instrumental ensemble, which will play at Shabbat Shira.

Torah Reading

We love having congregants chant Torah!  Come one, come all!  Plenty of readings to go around, but we need you!!!  Already chanted before?  Sign up again!  Parent of a teenager?  Encourage them to sign up!  THANK YOU! Please let Wendy know if you’d like to chant Torah, on the Shabbat dates listed below.  Help with text and recordings is available as needed.  THANK YOU!!!!

Looking for a gift for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Wedding? Conversion? New Baby?
Check out these links to great music.  Much of it can be found in (small business).  All of these can be found in iTunes (listed by category). Sample the music and purchase what you'd like. You can load the music on your computer, your mobile devices, or burn on a CD. Enjoy!

Tot Shabbat Songs (and fun for adults, too!)

Chanukah Songs

Passover Songs

Songs Devoted to Social Justice--under construction

Songs of Gratitude and Praise--under construction

Songs for Transitions in Life--under construction

Wedding Songs:  Note:  These are "traditional" wedding songs, not changed for gender.  These are the best renditions we could find to give you a sampling, but not necessary in the tempo and cadence you'd want for a wedding.  Wendy is very happy to play through this WITH you, sample them in person, talk about the texts, change wording for gender, etc.

 Great Jewish Music--we sing a lot of this at Shir Tikvah!

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