We are delighted to introduce the new electronic version of our newsletter, Sacred Sounds, and trust you’ll find the articles informative and inspiring.
We hope this update finds you well during these unprecedented times. 2020 has been a difficult and challenging year for most of us. The pandemic has led to a completely new approach for how the CA reaches out to you, our friends and supporters. Since the coronavirus came to our shores, we have created over 80 hours of programming that has entertained and informed thousands of people. The number of those who have joined our broadcasts far exceeded our expectations. Those programs have included:
- The Abayudaya Unity Concert that raised over $50,000 to feed Ugandan Jews, whose pain and hunger has greatly increased during the pandemic;
- A Yom Yerushalayim benefit concert on behalf of Magen David Adom;
- Cantors on Record - music and interviews with CA cantors who have recorded for the Milken Archive of Jewish Music;
- The Listening Room - a weekly playlist of classic Chazzanut with discussion;
- SongSwap - a sharing of contemporary melodies for holidays, healing and various occasions;
- Selichot Night Live - a collaboration with the Rabbinical Assembly and United Synagogue to create a movement-wide Selichot service;
- Reframing Carlebach - a 90 minute panel discussion featuring a psychologist, academic, cantor and daughter, Neshama Carlebach, which addressed the question of what the proper role should be for the music of Shlomo Carlebach in the age of the #metoo movement;
- Voices for Change - a recording featuring cantors and Black music ministers joining together to promote racial harmony;
- Stories of Music - an 11-week series presented jointly with the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience;
- Cantor's Classroom - a six-week series featuring cantors teaching about their areas of expertise.
These are but a few examples of the programming we have produced since last March. The Cantors Assembly views its donors as true partners. Please help us continue the crucial role we play in Jewish life by making a generous, tax deductible, year-end contribution to the CA. By doing so, you will help ensure the continuation of our sacred calling as an integral component of synagogue life.
Best wishes for continued good health as we await an end to the pandemic.
Hazzan Stephen J. Stein
Executive Vice President