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The Power of Music at Temple Judea

Music is a language of its own, and its impact on the mind, the heart, the soul and the body exceeds and complements the richness of words.  

Music as Community Building: Throughout the history of the world, music has functioned to bring people together, and to bind them in a common idea, cause, or mission. At Temple Judea, music brings us together in worship, in celebration, in times of grief and mourning, in acts of kindness and justice, and so much more.

Music as Worship: Music has always held a sacred purpose throughout history.  The meaning of the text is expanded through the interaction of the words and song.  Temple Judea's worship services access the majestic and the meditative spirit of our prayers, while also uniting us to sing with one voice, as a community.  Our music reflects our memories of the past, and engages our community with current musical styles.  The cantors' passion for commissioning and debuting new music helps build our pathway to the future.

Music as Healing: Music has the power to reach what otherwise is inaccessible.  From the sanctuary to the hospital room, our cantors and musicians know that the sounds of music can promote healing and strength for those in need.  Even singing the beautiful healing prayer Mi Sheberach over the phone to someone who is ill can bring a welcome ability to just breathe deeply. Music relaxes our bodies and minds, and enters the soul in a way words just cannot explain.  It is the hope that our music at Temple Judea continues to bring healing and catharsis to those who are ill, and to those who are caring for them.

Music as Inspiration: We all have had the experience of being literally transported by music, elevated and inspired.  It is our hope that the music of Temple Judea brings a deeper understanding of the work of our souls, and helps enrich our purpose to live fuller happier better lives.

Music as Entertainment : Recent concerts have included Argentinian Cantor Diego Rubenzstein; Craig Taubman; The Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale; and cantors and musicians both local and from around the nation.  Each year we host concerts for the varied populations of Temple Judea, from our Early Childhood Center through all ages and stages of lifelong learning.  There are many concerts and special services to attend throughout the year so keep checking back; or contact Rabbi Cantor Alison Wissot to be added to a special concert email list.

 Opportunities to get involved: Please contact Rabbi Cantor Alison Wissot to participate!

  • Singing in the Choir
  • Cantors in Training
  • Student Song-leaders
  • Music Committee
  • Mitzvah Concerts 
  • Chanting Torah
  • High Holy Days honors

  Quotes:

“Who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once.” ― Robert Browning, The complete poetical works of Browning

“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.” ― Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen

“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.” ― Johann Sebastian Bach

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” ― Confucius

“Music... will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain of joy alive in you.” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 “Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” ― George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

“Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” ― Ludwig van Beethoven

“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart..” ― Pablo Casals

“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” ― Alphonse de Lamartine

“Through music we may wander where we will in time, and find friends in every century.” ― Helen Thompson

“Music has power to create a universe or to destroy a civilization.” ― Katherine Neville, The Eight