Deborah Sacks Mintz – Singing as a Spiritual Practice, Musical Scholar in Residence, Fri/Sat, Nov 1 & 2, 2019

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A transformative prayer leader and musician, Deborah Sacks Mintz has served innovative institutions around the country as a teacher of Torah and communal Jewish music. As a member of the Hadar Ensemble and the Community Singing Consultant of Hadar’s Rising Song Institute, Deborah serves as a resource to those seeking to cultivate the grassroots musical and spiritual creativity of the Jewish people.

In addition to composing new Jewish music, Deborah can be found regularly performing and recording with a myriad of musicians and ensembles. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Deborah is pursuing rabbinical ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

As an experienced ba’al tefilah and leader of communal prayer, Deborah seeks to support communities in unlocking their own abilities to lead and empower their spiritual selves. Through composing and sharing new liturgical music, Deborah offers a fresh take on a deeply traditional sound.

All events Free and open to the public
(see schedule below)

Listen to Deborah:


Friday Night Nov 1

6 pm Preparation

An engaging niggun (wordless melody) warm-up before services

6:30 pm Kabbalat Shabbat
Creating Sacred Space Through Communal Singing
Together we will welcome Shabbat by weaving wordless nigunim throughout our Friday Night liturgy.

7:30 pm Community Shabbat Dinner & Soulful Tisch (learning gathering)
Explore singing as a spiritual practice through new melodies, old favorites, and the sacred texts of our sages.

Event FREE, Optional Dinner Tickets (in advance only, we can’t sell them on Shabbat):


Saturday Nov 2

9:30am Shabbat Morning Services
Bo V’Karev – Come and Draw Near
Deborah will lead us in spirited davening and deliver the sermon.

12 Noon Lunch and Learn Community Shabbat Kiddush Lunch (FREE)
Music as a Source of Comfort and Strength, Power and Struggle
How has music been an expression of both power and privilege, joy and suffering throughout the Jewish people’s narrative? Where do we see our own experiences embedded within these stories? In this text-based class, we’ll explore classical texts, punctuating our learning with mindful song.

5:00 pm Mincha (service), Shalosh Sudot (afternoon meal)
Shabbat songs, words of Torah, and light refreshments.

6:35 pm Havdalah and Melava Malkah (“Escorting the Queen”)
Bid farewell to Shabbat in family-friendly song and ritual. An evening of joyful and participatory music! Lightsticks and Ice Cream plus Deborah will keep the ruach (“spirit”) going with kids of all ages!

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