Shabbat Shirah at Temple Emanuel

August 15, 2014

What’s Happening

Saturday, August 23

by Jason Lovitz

“This is a game-changer when it comes to synagogue worship!” proclaimed one attendee at Temple Emanuel’s first monthly ‘Shabbat Shirah’ service.

“We wanted to create something joyous, soulful and engaging,” says Kevin Tabakin, the lead-organizer. “We’ve done extensive research and chosen a new model that facilitates deep and powerful prayer experiences.”

At Shabbat Shirah, the service is facilitated by a group of leaders, or ‘Levites’—a nod to the musicians of the ancient temple. The music is eclectic, featuring melodies from Jerusalem, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

“Each piece shares a similar quality,” says Temple Emanuel president Gary Tabakin, “participants catch on quickly and suddenly the whole room is singing!”

“People are bored listening to sermons,” says Rabbi Marc Kraus. “They’re much more engaged when they get out of their seats, interact with others and have conversations on meaningful issues.”

“We’d like to invite the wider community to try something refreshing,” says Kraus. “Our next Shabbat Shirah will be held on August 23. All are welcome.”

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