Our Song is Our Strength: To Preserve and Renew the Piyut & Tefilla Traditions of the Jewish People

$6,724   raised
GOAL: $80,000

12 days to go

11

 Donors

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Piyut, the sacred song of the Jewish people, lies at the heart of our prayer tradition. It is a part of the secret that has preserved and enriched Jewish culture around the world throughout the generations . It helped us rise from many moments of pain and crisis.

For two decades, “Invitation to Piyut” at the Snunit Center in Jerusalem has been dedicated to preserving and making the liturgical heritage of the Jewish people accessible to all. We want to make sure that the songs and prayers of our grandparents, from various Jewish traditions, will not be forgotten and will be at the foundation of an ongoing language of Jewish spirituality, culture and peoplehood.

Our Living Archive of Jewish Music Includes

All these are featured on the world’s largest site in the field of Jewish liturgy, showcasing thousands of recordings from hundreds of traditions.

Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every individual and community can access and engage with the rich and diverse heritage of the Jewish people.

We are halfway through our journey, facing many challenges ahead. These present years are particularly significant. Sometimes, a whole world lies in the memory of one person.

These current days of war in Israel have brought significant changes in funding for culture and heritage projects. Naturally, most funding efforts are directed towards supporting the immediate needs and effects of the war.

This situation challenges our initiative, whose importance is even more evident during these times.

Alongside with our ongoing work, we are creating singing circles with children and families who have been evacuated from their homes in Israel’s North and South. Our song is our treasure, offering a bridge that connects past, present, and future generations from all tribes of the Jewish people.

We invite you to join the growing community of Friends of the Piyut & Tefilla initiative and become active partners in our endeavors.

What Will Your Donation Support?

As a Friend, you will receive exclusive content from us before each holiday in the Hebrew yearly cycle.

You are invited to take part in Invitation to Piyut.

With gratitude and hope for better days to come,
The Invitation to Piyut team.

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

Your donation is tax deductible!

All donations to this charitable cause are collected by Jewcer, and donations exceeding the fair-market value of goods/services received are qualified under Section 501(c)(3) as tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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2024-07-17
Rabbi Aubrey Glazer
$180
"In honor of two decades of resurrecting the art of Piyut---keep up the great work of true inspiration Yair!"
2024-07-17
Aaron Cohen
"Great project"
2024-07-09
Anonymous donor
2024-06-30
Joan Hochman and Chris Reid
"This is essential work and a wonderful mitzvah."
2024-06-28
Helena Diamant Glass
$2000
"Kol HaKavod to my beloved Rabbi Roly and to my beloved friends, Yair & Uri for their vision, inspiration, & expertise in leading this wonderful & important project for the Jewish world. May you go from strength to strength......with love &"
2024-06-27
Judy and Jack Stern
$1000
"In honor of our beloved rabbi Roly Matalon who introduced us to Yair and Uri . All 3 are a blessing in our lives."
2024-06-23
Anonymous donor
$1000
2024-06-19
Anonymous donor
2024-06-19
Anonymous donor
2024-06-19
Anonymous donor
"Our song is our secret"
2004-06-26
Scott Weiner & Beth Siegel
$2140

Our Song is Our Strength: To Preserve and Renew the Piyut & Tefilla Traditions of the Jewish People

$6,724   raised
GOAL: $80,000

12 days to go

11

 Donors

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Invitation to Piyut
Jerusalem District, Israel

Launched in 2004, “Invitation to Piyut” at the Snunit Center in Jerusalem has made a dramatic contribution to an unfolding socio-cultural revolution, both in Israel and abroad, a movement which is reclaiming the Jewish multi-cultural heritage, and helping to redefine modern Jewish identity in the process. Referring to the broad corpus of music, song, and prayer, written over centuries of Jewish diasporic existence, piyut has proven capable of stirring a strong, unmediated contact with the Jewish heritage. Piyut empowers people in present times to embrace what is theirs, grounds the shifting identities of modern Jews, and helps them find their own voices in the vast tapestry of Jewish existence. Through wide support from the education system, the cultural and artistic establishment, and the media, piyut has successfully transcended the familiar sectarian social divides in Israel. At the same time, global Jewry, particularly in the United States, has grown more conscious of the profund treasure troves of culture that lie in the world of piyut. In communities, synagogues, and schools, leaders are tapping into this rich cultural reservoir to promote Jewish renewal, as they help young Jews foster a deeper connection to their own heritage, develop a sense of peoplehood, and strengthen their ties to Israel.

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