The music of Jewish life gets special attention this month as three local temples are taking part in a music education series that features music professionals discussing and performing the history of Jewish music.
The Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation announced its Spring Adult Education series that will start on April 15.
“The series will consist of a trio of programs that explore music in a Jewish life through different lenses,” the group said in a press release. “Participants will learn about the evolution of Jewish music in religious and secular settings and hear how it can express communal and personal values and experience.”
“Music is the language of the soul,” added Rabbi Robert Goldstein of Temple Emanuel Andover. “We sing when we are happy; we chant prayers of lamentation when we mourn. Words cannot reach the deepest recesses of our soul, the way music can.”
First up in the series is Congregation Beth Israel, 360 Merrimack St., The Riverwalk, Lawrence, which will hold a session divided into two mini-sessions this Sunday, April 15, starting at 3 p.m.
The first, “A Yidishe Meydel,” led by Merle Roesler and Elaine Winic, will explore women’s life though Yiddish folk songs. The second half of the afternoon will feature Bob Moverman exploring George Gershwin’s magical melodies and how they have influenced life in America.
The second installment in the series will take place at Temple Emanuel Andover, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, during which Cantor Idan Irelander will present a workshop on the History of Jewish Music. Participants will explore a variety of Jewish music cultures and sing some Jewish music favorites. This session will be held on Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m.
Finally, Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, hosts the last in the series on Sunday, June 10, at 3 p.m. The session will explore Jewish Music and Social Justice. Cantor Rosalie Toubes will lead participants in exploring the intersection of music and social justice.
The cost of the program is $50 for all three sessions, or $20 per session. For payment or more information, visit mvjf.org or call the office at 978-688-0466.