“Sing a New Song to God!”
10 years. It has been 10 years since we first gathered for Shabbat Alive! here at Temple Emanuel. In 2007 the service was completely new and yet it contained within it an ancient call to stir the spirit that continues to grow, change, and inspire us today.
We couldn’t have imagined then how deeply our lives would be shaped by the hour we spend together each Friday night. We have come to know each other and care for each other. We share each other’s joys and sorrows. We smile together when preschoolers we’ve watched grow from babies now come up to fill the Kiddush cups or bang the drums for Yigdal, and when the children who used to fill Kiddush cups now lead Kiddush on the eve of their bar or bat mitzvah. We began with one teen leader. Through the years we’ve been blessed with over 21 teens who have grown into our most spectacular prayer leaders. Over 35 members of our congregation have joined us to lift our prayers together with 12 different musicians.
Over the years, in keeping with the charge of the Psalms, “Sing a new song to God,” the melodies of our service have changed, just as the melodies of our lives together have deepened and changed. And so it is a privilege to share with you this CD which embodies the spirit of Shabbat Alive! today. On it you will hear multiple voices and new melodies. We share it with you in the hopes that you will add YOUR voice to ours, add your melody to ours.
Come join us any, or every, Friday night at 6:30 pm. Come be part of our transformative community. Come grow with us. Here’s to the next 10 years, together!
Rabbi Michelle Robinson and Hazzan Elias Rosemberg
Listen to the Shabbat Alive! CD.
Listen to the Shabbat Alive! CD from 2007