A Singing Shabbaton: Building a Community of Music
January 23 – 25
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel taught, “In our days, public worship tends to become a spectacle, in which the congregation remains passive, inert spectators. But prayer is action; it requires complete mobilization of heart, mind, and soul. What is the worth of attending public worship when mind and soul are not involved? Renewal of liturgy involves renewal of prayer.”
Music is the heart of our prayer service here at Temple Beth-El. Renewing our experience of synagogue through focusing on participation in song will be the task of this special Shabbaton weekend. Sarah Metzger, who has been with us for two-and-a half years, is excited to leap headfirst into her expanded Music Director role by facilitating this joyous, musical weekend full of spirit and song for/with the Temple Beth-El and surrounding Jewish community.
This will be a time to make new friends, experience the power of a full 25-hour Shabbat, discover your hidden potential, and engage your mind and your heart. If you’ve never had a Jewish retreat experience, let this be your first. If you’ve been on retreats many times before, come help the rest of us get into the spirit of a day spent in the company of friends.
In addition to the communal singing that will take place on Friday night and Saturday, we’re excited to conclude the Shabbaton with what we will cheekily refer to as “Sarah Metzger’s Bachelorette Party” (Metzgeritas will be served, naturally). By the way, did you know that Sarah Metzger is getting married?? Save the date for the Aufruf on June 6!
In order to run this Shabbaton as successfully as possible, we’ll need your support in the following two ways:
1) COME SING AND LEARN WITH US!
2) Help us keep this Shabbaton free and open to those in our community.
In addition to the support from the Temple Beth-El Foundation, we are hoping to raise an additional $2,500 to help cover the cost of musical accompaniment, security, a catered dinner, and Metzgeritas.
As the late R. Heschel once said:
“Come for the Singing Shabbaton; stay for Sarah Metzger’s Bachelorette Party.”