Building a “Singing Community” at Shomrei

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Two weeks ago, Shomrei experienced a very special Shabbat – one, that for many of us, felt transformative. Aided by our musical scholar-in-residence, Joey Weinsenberg, we engaged in services – whether it be by humming a nigun (a wordless melody) or chanting a prayer – with a stronger sense of freedom to sing and to express ourselves.  Our collective voices filled the sanctuary as one.

I have received so many comments from congregants about how special this Shabbat was.   There is interest among us in building a “singing community” at Shomrei and we plan to continue with components of what Joey taught us in our services.

One of Joey’s recommendations was that we form a group of interested congregants who meet once or twice a month to practice nigunim and singing.  These folks can help guide the rest of us by setting an example and/or by acting as informal “song leaders.”  This is an open invite to the Shomrei community.  Anyone interested in joining such a group should email Nick Levitin at email hidden; JavaScript is required

I look forward to singing together.

Sara Ann Erichson
President, Congregation Shomrei Emunah


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Sara Ann Erichson

Sara Ann Erichson

Sara Ann and her husband, Howie Erichson have been members of Shomrei for 20 years. Both their sons, Danny and Jake, went to the JLC and became b’nai mitzvah at Shomrei. Sara Ann served many years years on the Education Board and on the Board of Trustees. She is was President of the congregation from 2018-2020
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