I’d like to personally invite you to join me on Friday June 8-Saturday June 9 for a joyful, energetic, and deeply spiritual musical Shabbat experience featuring the inspiring Jewish music band – and my dear friends – Soul Zimra.  We’ll welcome Shabbat Friday evening with a family picnic and outdoor musical service in Temple Israel’s magnificent amphitheater, and pray again together on Saturday morning in our beautiful chapel.

Music, our tradition says, is the language of the soul.  My friends Andy Dennen, Marcus Newman, and Gary Schaffel formed Soul Zimra in order to “bring meaning, energy, transcendence, and light to prayer.”  With a musical style combining the acoustic guitar, the bass guitar, and the mandolin, Soul Zimra’s unique approach is to blend modern secular folk, rock, blues, and other familiar songs with traditional liturgy to make the prayer experience powerful, participatory, contemporary, and relevant to our lives today.  Since they formed the band seven years ago, Andy, Marcus, and Gary have led Shabbat morning services weekly at my former synagogue, Congregation BJBE, in Deerfield, IL, headlined numerous Jewish communal events in the Chicagoland area, and led prayer as artists-in-residence at synagogues around the Midwest.  I am so excited to welcome them to Temple Israel, and I hope you will come pray with us!  Take it from me – this is a spiritual experience you will not want to miss!

Here’s the schedule for Soul Zimra’s visit on June 8-9:

Friday, June 8

5:15 p.m. – Family Shabbat Cookout/Picnic
6 p.m. – Shabbat Service Featuring Soul Zimra in our Outdoor Amphitheater

Saturday, June 9

9:15 a.m. – Torah Study: “Music: The Language of the Soul” with Rabbi Stoller and Soul Zimra
10:30 a.m. – Shabbat Morning Service Featuring Soul Zimra