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Temple Adat Elohim

AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2016

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CANTOR’S NOTES

COMPOSER’S CORNER

TAE COLLEGE OUTREACH COMMITTEE SENDS CARE PACKAGES TO OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS Temple Adat Elohim sends care packages to our college students who are away from home in the hopes that they can still feel their connection to our community. If you are a member of our congregation and your child is a student who would like to receive such a package, please send their name, address, dates they will be home from school for summer break, winter break and spring break, expected graduation date and any food allergies, to Cantor David at dshukiar@adatelohim.com. Our next package will be in the fall. We are always looking for other volunteers to help with our committee. You can also contact Cantor David about our Facebook page dedicated to sending periodic messages If you are in the second grade or older (or if you are a kindergartner or first grader and can sit through an hour-long service) and love to sing, then Shirei Elohim is the group for you! If you or your parents have any questions or you would like to sign up for Shirei Elohim, contact Cantor Shukiar at temple (805) 497-7101 or via email (dshukiar@adatelohim. com). We rehearse each Sunday when Religious School is in session, from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Our new season of music starts on Sunday, September 18 th . We look forward to welcoming you to our Shirei Elohim family!!! Shirei Elohim, our wonderful junior choir, is getting ready for another wonderful season of music! Come be a part of one of the most dynamic and largest junior music program in any synagogue! When you join Shirei Elohim, you will: - Sing at monthly Family Shabbat Celebrations (on the 2 nd Friday of the month - new day) - Sing at local retirement communities for Mitzvah Day, Chanukah and Passover - Participate in our Community Chanukah Candle Lighting Celebrations - Sing with the TAE Chorale, the Junior Cantors and the Band of Milk and Honey - Make new friends - Learn prayers and other Jewish music

In this section I hope to teach you about various composers of Jewish music who influence the music we do at TAE. Max Janowski (1912–1991) was a renowned cantor, composer and conductor. A native of Berlin, Janowski was born into

a musical family. His mother, Miriam, was an opera singer and his father, Chayim, led choirs and trained cantors. Janowski studied at the Schwarenka Conservatory in Berlin. In 1933 he won a piano contest that led to his appointment in Tokyo as head of the Piano Department of the Mosashino Academy of Music – and his escape from Nazi Germany. He remained in Japan for four years before immigrating to the United States in 1937. He became the musical director of KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago in 1938. It was to remain his home for his entire career, except for four years where he served in the Navy, working intelligence from 1942 to 1946. Janowski composed more than 500 compositions, which include choir and orchestra pieces, cantatas, and oratorios, that he published during his prolific career. His works are popular and moving for both the congregation and the audience. He founded Friends of Jewish Music, which was responsible for the publication of his work. Though well-rooted in a ReformCongregation, Janowski was honored by Hebrew Union College’s School of Sacred Music, the Cantor’s Assembly of the Conservative Movement, and the United Synagogue of America, now called the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. We do a good deal of Janowski music at TAE; but, without question, his most well-known piece we sing is his legendary Avinu Malkeinu. Because of a popular recording of this piece by Barbra Streisand, this piece is often called the Streisand Avinu Malkeinu. It is one of the most stirring, moving pieces of music I have ever encountered. Rarely do I stand in awe of music, but I always find on Erev Rosh Hashanah as I turn to face the ark and prepare to open my soul in prayer that I am ill equipped to present such an epic piece of music. His melody reaches the very depths of my soul and often brings me to tears. You will hear an ascending pattern to his melody as our pleas for God to hear our prayer starts with us and ascends all the way towards the heavens. The text asks that God hear our voices for we have sinned, and asks God to have compassion on us and our children. It ends with the asking that we be inscribed for a good year in the Book of Life. The music, always pleading with growing intensity, never fully resolves, which signifies asking these things of God is not enough to receive forgiveness. Indeed, we have to show with our actions that we are repentant and we must write ourselves for a good year in the Book of Life. Asking is one thing, ACTING is quite another. As you hear the glorious sound of this prayer this upcoming Erev Rosh Hashanah, may we all choose to inscribe ourselves, our community, indeed our world for a good year.

to our college students. Thank you for helping to maintain this important connection!

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