Over the summer I was asked to participate in an amazing new project by a powerful voice in Jewish music. Stacy Beyer, a Nashville recording artist, wrote an amazing setting of the Friday night Shabbat candle blessing, and, instead of simply recording the song herself, she recruited a group of 66 cantors, songleaders, and rabbis to record it with her. We all recorded our parts and sent them in to her extremely talented engineer and the result is something truly wonderful. The final recording is now available for downloading from the URJ Books and Music website here.
All proceeds from the sale of this piece of music benefit the Religious Action Center. For 50 years, the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (“the RAC”) has been the hub of Jewish social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C. As the DC office of the Union for Reform Judaism, the RAC educates and mobilizes the Reform Jewish community on legislative and social concerns, advocating on more than 70 different issues, including economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, Israel and more. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the RAC’s advocacy work is completely non-partisan and pursues public policies that reflect the Jewish values of social justice that form the core of our mandate.
I hope you enjoy the piece as much as I enjoyed being a part of it!