Gam Ki Elech: New Music for Healing Our Way Out of the Depths

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Thank you so much for your interest in this musical journey.  I’m so grateful you’ve visited this site, and I’d love to tell you a little bit more about why we’re making this album, and what we hope to do with it once it’s released.

Our Journey to Making This Album:

As too many families have come to learn, getting pregnant isn’t easy. After years without success, Sherri and I turned to IVF, which is not an easy journey. There are lots of doctor’s visits, too many medications and injections, most of which aren’t covered by insurance, and a great deal of uncertainty around whether it will even work. The first two rounds didn’t take. The third round did. We were overjoyed.

There aren’t many resources for Jewish families going through the IVF process. One book that we really like is Fertility Journeys: A Jewish Healing Guide, published by Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh (available here). They have biblical verses for different parts of the IVF journey, and melodies came to me for a few of the melodies in the book, one for each of the IVF cycles we did. One melody speaks about God guarding us from all harm – that came to me the morning Shemaryah’s embryo was implanted in Sherri. We sang it in the fertility clinic and every night as he grew inside her.

Unfortunately, our hopes of bringing Shemaryah into our home were not to be. After his stillbirth, we spent Shabbat with him in the hospital before the burial. A few of the melodies came from that period of immense despair, the rest in the weeks and months of our year of mourning.

Gam Ki Elech, the title track, is from the 23rd Psalm. “Even though I walk in the valley of deepest darkness, I fear no harm, for You are with me.” This melody arrived just a few days before Shemaryah’s death – it felt like a gift from God, telling me that even though what was to come would be awful, I would get through it. I wasn’t alone in my pain, and God was with me, holding me, carrying me, sharing in my tears. (Thankfully, many friends and loved ones were too).

The final melody came recently on my father’s yahrtzeit, the anniversary of his death. Perhaps Shemaryah and my Abba were working together to send it my way. The morning prayer service says that God has heard our cries. If that’s true, then how tightly do I need to carry them? Can I let go of some of the heartache and pain if I know I’ve been heard by the Holy One? Maybe so.

Our Love Continues:

As you can imagine, it’s been incredibly challenging to navigate the wellsprings of grief during our mourning journey. Like every parent, we had high hopes for the pregnancy and for what our life would be like with a baby in our home. As we’ve come to learn, we are far from alone – 1 in 4 pregnancies does not lead to a healthy child.

Sherri and I were so moved that many of our friends reached out to us to offer their support. They shared their stories of pregnancy and child loss with us, and almost everyone we spoke to noted the lack of conversation in the Jewish community around infertility and child loss. We knew that we needed a group where Jewish parents could connect, learn, and heal from the losses they’ve experienced. Together with friends, we created the Our Love Continues Facebook group. It’s a private, confidential space for Jewish parents who’ve experienced miscarriage, end of a wanted pregnancy, stillbirth, or the death of a child at any age. If you belong in the group, we’d be honored to have you with us. You can find it at Facebook.com/groups/OurLoveContinues – please note that in order to maintain a safe, supportive, and confidential community, answering the screening questions in full is required to enter.

Honoring Shemaryah Zichri: 

The group is a beautiful community, and we wanted additional ways to remember Shemaryah and find our way through our grief. We started a Wednesday morning minyan on zoom. Every Wednesday at 8:30 am Eastern we gather with friends for a morning service. It’s been lovely to have Shemaryah’s Minyan holding us and others in our grief. We welcome guests at any time. If you’d like the zoom link to attend, please be in touch!

We also dedicated a music box at Beth Am, our synagogue, which is filled with drums and percussion instruments. We had hoped Shemaryah would grow up in the Beth Am community. We’re so glad that we could have Shemaryah’s memory kept alive at Beth Am, and delighted that the youth of Beth Am are making music with the instruments we donated in his memory.

Sherri and I each decided to take on a project during our year of mourning. Sherri made a beautiful mosaic which lives behind our Shabbat candles.

As you can see, we also filled Sheamryah’s yizkor candle with kid-themed beads, and we light a Shabbat candle for Shemaryah every Friday night too. We bless him, and we hope that he can feel our blessings and our love.

I decided that my project would be to make this album. I feel strongly that these melodies have been sent to us by Shemaryah, and each time I share them with others, I feel connected to him, and to the love and music he brought Sherri and I.

My dad loved Jewish music. I grew up listening to an eclectic mix of Jewish music along with gospel, and rock and roll. I started drum lessons when I was 8, and was in my first klezmer band when I was 13. I’ve been drumming and making music with many fabulous Jewish musicians for 30 years now. I’m especially grateful for my time learning and playing with Nava Tehila, Rabbi Shefa Gold, Kirtan Rabbi and many others in Renewal circles, Joey Weisenberg and the Columbia University Klezmer Band, Chana Rothman and other fabulous Teva musicians, Uncle Ira’s Hebrew Washboard Ensemble at Beth Am, and everyone I’ve played and prayed with over the years. I’m so grateful to have found the world of Jewish music. It moves my soul like nothing else.

I’ve drummed on a few albums before, but never made my own. It’s a lot of work to navigate the process, and I’m grateful that I found Zach Mayer to produce it, and wonderful friends to play on the album.  Slowly but surely, the album is coming to light. With your help, we’ll be able to share these melodies with all who need to hear them.

Why We Need Your Support:

Unfortunately, making an album isn’t easy or cheap. In order to launch the album, we need money for the recording engineer, editing, mixing, mastering, album artwork, printing CDs, and of course for the musicians and producer for the rehearsals, recording sessions, and the concert. God-willing, the album will be released on Sunday, January 21st, 2024 with a concert here in Baltimore. Details are still being finalized – we will certainly keep you posted!

Even More in The Works:

Friends have told us that the melodies on the album are so precious and a beautiful vehicle to help others process and move through their own grief and loss. I am creating a workshop to help others find light even amidst the pain of loss. We all need spaces to support us when we’re dealing with life’s challenges, yet too few spaces exist for us to do so. The workshop will debut this summer at the ALEPH Kallah, and I hope to bring it to as many communities as possible. My Dad, Rabbi Mel Glazer, specialized in grief and mourning, and he used to say that loss is our greatest teacher, if we are willing to learn from it. I hope the workshop will allow others to learn and heal from and through their grief, just as we have.

In time, I also hope to create a kids book around grief and mourning. Where does the love we have for our departed relatives and friends go? Can we still connect with them? How do we carry them with us? How do we heal our wounded hearts? I’ve learned a lot through this journey, and Shemaryah and the Scoop family of holy pelicans have much to share. Perhaps this will be done in time for Shemaryah’s 3rd yahrtzeit in 2025.

Thank YOU! 

In the meantime, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to share this music with you. Your support will enable me to share this music with the world and bring healing to so many. There are many opportunities to give – please choose whatever is most appropriate, and if I can come to your community for a concert or Shabbaton, I’d be delighted to do so.

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. It’s incredibly meaningful to have supporters with me on the journey to making this album a reality. It means more than I can possibly put into words.

I look forward to making this album. Thank you for allowing me the gift of doing so.

May all of us who mourn find peace.

Ilan

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  • July 20, 2023 3:43 pm

    Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far. I am moved by your generosity.

    I’ve started sharing these melodies publicly. At the ALEPH Kallah (Jewish Renewal festival) a few weeks ago, I shared five of the melodies in an hour of music and healing. Several people came up to me afterwards and told me that the melodies allowed them to process grief they had kept inside for decades. I’m honored and grateful these melodies are healing for others, just as they have been for me. Your support is making that possible – thank you!

    We are a quarter of the way there. If you have friends who’d be interested in supporting the album, please let them know, If your community might be interested in hosting a workshop or concert, I’d love to connect and discuss.

    I’ve started reflecting on one melody from the album for each of the nine days of Av. You can see my reflection about Gam Ki Elech for the 1st day of Av here: https://www.youtube.com/live/X_p4LRLIeqE?feature=share

    Thank you again for supporting this album. I am deeply moved by your generosity. Thank you.

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"Dear Ilan and Sherri, May the release of the album Gam Ki Elech also bring some sense of release to the two of you as you continue to make Shemarya Zichri's memory a blessing. May the healing work that you do bring comfort to countless others who, "
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2023-06-18
Rabbi Oren Steinitz
"Love you guys! Good luck"
2023-06-18
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$18
2023-06-18
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2023-06-18
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Gam Ki Elech: New Music for Healing Our Way Out of the Depths

$20,720   raised
GOAL: $20,000

264

 Donors

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Campaign by
Ilan Glazer
MD, USA

Rabbi Ilan is a seeker of spiritual healing, wholeness, renewal, and inner peace. Ilan is the founder of Our Jewish Recovery, a community dedicated to uplifting the hearts and souls of everyone impacted by addiction in the Jewish world. Ilan is the author of And God Created Recovery, and co-founder of Our Love Continues, a community for Jewish parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, pregnancy loss, or the death of a child at any age. Ilan and Sherri helped start the group after Shemaryah's death in January 2022. Ilan works as a rabbi, a spiritual guide, and a transformation and recovery coach, and leads communities in inspired, prayerful experiences and teachings. Ilan is a storyteller, a composer of original melodies, founder of the BMore Niggun Circle, and a lover of life, even with its shmutz. Ilan is honored to work with individuals, couples, families, and communities who are looking to find serenity, spirituality, and the next chapter of their healing journey. Ilan was ordained as a Rabbi and Mashpia (Spiritual Counselor) by ALEPH, and as a Maggid (Inspirational Storyteller) by Maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum. Ilan lives in Baltimore with his wife Sherri and their two holy furballs Annie Lev and Peretz Dov.

  • Digital Download of Gam Ki Elech
    57 claimed

    A digital download of the album is yours when it's released in January!

  • Album Launch Concert - Virtual Ticket
    42 claimed

    Important Update: To make things easier on ourselves, we have a new link for virtual tickets for the concert, which will send you the zoom info after you purchase. Please visit bit.ly/GamKiElechConert to sign up and receive the zoom link for tonight's concert. (All other purchases on this platform will be honored, but we're borrowing the OJR sign-up page as it can automatically send you a zoom link for the concert once you register. If you book on this Jewcer page, we can't guarantee we'll see it in time to send your he zoom link, so please head to bit.ly/GamKiElechConcert and purchase same-day tickets there). We're excited to launch the album with a live concert at Beth Am Baltimore on Sunday, January 21st, 2024, Shemaryah's 2nd yahrzeit. The evening will start with Ma'ariv, the evening service, at 7 pm Eastern, and the concert will begin at 7:30 pm Eastern. In-person tickets are being sold here: https://bethambaltimore.org/gam-ki-elech/ For those who can't make it in-person, please join us virtually! Our videographer and livestream technicians will make sure you can see and hear the concert just as well as attending in-person. You'll have a front row seat from your own home! We hope you can join us as we launch the album on January 21st. Livestream link will be sent before the concert.

  • Physical album of Gam Ki Elech
    16 claimed

    For those wanting a CD mailed to them (or picked up in-person at the album launch concert), we are happy to do so (we'll also send you a link to download it)! For US and Canada residents only. International residents please connect directly and we will make this happen too!

  • Signed Gam Ki Elech Album
    48 claimed

    This option comes with a signed CD, in addition to the digital download. Please let me know who to sign it for, and I'll include an original note with my signature.

  • Album Launch Concert - Virtual Ticket & Digital Download of the Album!
    23 claimed

    Important Update: To make things easier on ourselves, we have a new link for virtual tickets for the concert, which will send you the zoom info after you purchase. Please visit bit.ly/GamKiElechConert to sign up and receive the zoom link for tonight's concert. (All other purchases on this platform will be honored, but we're borrowing the OJR sign-up page as it can automatically send you a zoom link for the concert once you register. If you book on this Jewcer page, we can't guarantee we'll see it in time to send your he zoom link, so please head to bit.ly/GamKiElechConcert and purchase same-day tickets there). Attend the concert virtually and receive a digital download of the album! When you join us for the concert, you'll hear the melodies from the album, and with this option, you'll also have them available to listen to any time you'd like.

  • Album Launch Concert - Virtual Ticket + Signed CD!
    7 claimed

    Important Update: To make things easier on ourselves, we have a new link for virtual tickets for the concert, which will send you the zoom info after you purchase. Please visit bit.ly/GamKiElechConert to sign up and receive the zoom link for tonight's concert. (All other purchases on this platform will be honored, but we're borrowing the OJR sign-up page as it can automatically send you a zoom link for the concert once you register. If you book on this Jewcer page, we can't guarantee we'll see it in time to send your he zoom link, so please head to bit.ly/GamKiElechConcert and purchase same-day tickets there). Come to the concert virtually and I'll mail you a signed cd for you to enjoy after the concert is over!

  • Deluxe album package Album + Book
    5 claimed

    A signed CD will come your way, along with a signed copy of my book, And God Created Recovery! Let me know who to sign them for and we'll send these to you once the album is ready!

  • Premium Album Package Album + Book + Sheet Music
    19 claimed

    With this option, you'll receive a signed CD, my book And God Created Recovery, and a signed copy of the sheet music from the album!

  • Album and concert launch vip!
    7 claimed

    Join us in-person in Baltimore for the concert launch in January 2024! You'll get a signed copy of the album, my book And God Created Recovery, sheet music, and one ticket for the album launch concert and the VIP meet and greet after the show! (Exact date and location coming soon).

  • Join us at the album recording!
    1 claimed

    Want to be there when the album is recorded? You can! Join us for two hours of the album recording and hear the melodies live as they are recorded! Album will be recorded later this year in Baltimore. (October 9 and 10). In addition to coming to the album recording session, you'll also receive a copy of the album, my book, sheet music. a VIP seat at the album launch concert.

  • Launch Concert Sponsor - Bronze
    1 claimed

    Thank you for sponsoring the concert launch. You'll be thanked during the album and mentioned on the album website.

  • Soul Growth Coaching Session
    2 claimed

    How's your soul doing these days? What's holding you back from a better life? All of us get stuck, and In addition to everything listed above, this option entitles you to an hour-long coaching session. Whether you're looking for life coaching, recovery coaching, spiritual counseling, grief support, or space to share anything else, I'll be here to listen, to guide, to ask questions, and to support you wherever you are on your journey. Sessions will happen on zoom or in-person in Baltimore. I look forward to working with you. In addition to the session, you'll also receive a copy of the album, my book, sheet music, and a VIP seat at the album launch concert.

  • Original Melody For You!
    2 claimed

    Are you looking for a melody that helps you on your journey? If you have a favorite prayer, verse, or are looking for a melody to guide you, I'll work with you to create a melody just for you (or a friend if this is a present for someone else).You'll receive a video of me singing the melody along with a message just for you! In addition to the session, you'll also receive a copy of the album, my book, sheet music. a VIP seat at the album launch concert, and a coaching session, where we can help decide the lyrics for your song!

  • Launch Concert Sponsor - Silver
    1 claimed

    Thank you for sponsoring the concert launch. You'll be thanked during the album and mentioned on the album website.

  • Sponsor a Song on the Album!
    3 claimed

    Bring a song on the album to life! You'll be listed as a sponsor in the album credits, and will be thanked at the album launch concert too! Song sponsors are invited to the album recording session, and you'll also receive a copy of the album, my book, sheet music. a VIP seat at the album launch concert, a coaching session, and an original song just for you.

  • Healing Workshop for Your Community
    2 claimed

    When our hearts are heavy with sadness, is there any room left to praise the Holy One? Do we know that God is with us in our pain, or do we feel disconnected, isolated, and alone? The words of our liturgy can comfort our hearts, soothe our souls, and give us space to feel, process, and begin healing the sadness and pain we carry. In this interactive workshop, we'll learn a few of the melodies from the album, and we’ll journey together from darkness to light, with song, quiet moments, and guided reflections to allow our hearts space to heal. Whatever pain you carry, this workshop will give you new melodies and insights to accompany you on your journey of healing, and help all of us find wholeness and peace. This workshop will take place online, or in-person if local to Baltimore, and must be scheduled by the end of 2023.

  • Sponsor the Full Album!
    1 claimed

    We're so grateful to everyone who helps make this album happen. Album sponsors will be listed in the album credits and thanked at the album launch concert! Album sponsors are invited to the album recording session, and you'll also receive a copy of the album, my book, sheet music. a VIP seat at the album launch concert, a coaching session, and an original song just for you.

  • Launch Concert Sponsor - Gold
    0 claimed

    Thank you for sponsoring the concert launch. You'll be thanked during the album and mentioned on the album website.

  • Solo Gam Ki Elech concert in your community!
    1 claimed

    It gives me great joy to share these beautiful melodies. I'd love to come to your community and offer a concert for you and your community. Let's make it happen. (Airfare and travel expenses not included in this cost and will be invoiced separately).

  • Shabbaton + Solo Concert In Your Community!
    0 claimed

    I love sharing these melodies, and it's also an honor for me to lead services, teach Torah, share stories, and more. Together, we'll design a full weekend of fun for your community. (Airfare and travel expenses not included in this cost and will be invoiced separately).

  • Concert In Your Community With the Band!
    0 claimed

    It gives me great joy to share these beautiful melodies. The band loves to play too! Together we'll offer a concert of healing music for you and your community. We can also work with you to incorporate musicians from your community. (Airfare and travel expenses not included in this cost and will be invoiced separately).

  • Launch Concert Sponsor - Platinum
    0 claimed

    Thank you for sponsoring the concert launch. You'll be thanked during the album and mentioned on the album website.

  • Shabbaton + Concert In Your Community With the Band!
    0 claimed

    Music is more fun when created together. With this option, I'll work with you to create a beautiful weekend of music and healing for your community, and I'll bring the band with me for the concert too! (Airfare and travel expenses not included in this cost and will be invoiced separately).

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