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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.

Lost & Found: Ashira Ladonai (Sing Unto The Lord), arranged by Erwin Jospe

ERWIN JOSPE is probably not the first name that comes to mind when you think about Jewish music - but his life story and compositional output are more than deserving of our attention and admiration. Born in 1903 in Berlin, Jospe was the editor of Hawa Naschira: Auf! Lasst uns Singen (1935 and reissued in 2001), the last publication of Jewish music in Europe prior to the Holocaust.

2018 BA'AL CHAZON AWARD FOR VISION

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.

A Call to Social Justice

ACC/GTM Convention
Monday Morning D’var Torah
Monday, June 26, 2017

Boker Tov!

As Rabbi Wendy Geffen put it: When it comes to high drama, it’s hard to beat the portion we read this past Shabbat morning, Parashat Korach. When Moses’s first cousin, Korach, challenges the leader’s authority, Moses retorts by suggesting a “spirituality duel” of sorts, charging Korach and his band to return the next morning so each party can present offerings to God.

Taking a Seat at the Table: The ACC Deepens Its Commitment to Social Justice

As we write this article, only a few hours have passed since the conclusion of the Consultation on Conscience followed by the URJ Commission on Social Action meeting. For three days, we joined together with 800 Jews in Arlington, VA, and then Washington DC, to learn, pray, lobby, and most of all dream about the type of world that our Jewish values demand that we create. 

We are inspired after having heard remarkable political and moral leaders speak of the pressing issues of our times. 

We are energized.  We are hopeful.  And as an entire conference, we are ready to work. 

Parshat Va'eira For the Cantors of 2017

What a week to be gathering together here.  Many of us have spent the last few months in fear and anxiety – checking our news feeds every few minutes looking both to confirm our fears and somehow find hope that something incredible might still happen to save us from… well, everything.

It is completely overwhelming and can even be debilitating.

I know that I have lost hours of productive work time because moving my focus away from all of “it” can prove to be impossible.

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