This season, we asked some of our favorite artists and thinkers to create recordings especially for the Maine Jewish community. Our hope is that these resources will help fill the High Holidays, during this extraordinary time, with music, learning, and a sense of solidarity with our friends and family around the state even though we cannot gather as we normally would.


How should I use these resources?

Below we have linked both YouTube and audio recordings for each piece from our contributors. You may choose to watch or listen to these resources as many times as you like. The YouTube links are unlisted publicly, which means they are only accessible through the links provided on this page. We encourage you to read through the descriptions of the offerings and use them to supplement the incredible work Maine synagogues and organizations are doing to bring us High Holiday observances remotely. Have any questions about accessing this material? Please email Liz Snider at essnider@colby.edu for assistance.

 

Thank you to all our partners who contributed to make these resources available to the Maine community: Congregation Beth El, Bangor • Congregation Beth Israel, Bangor • Temple Beth El, Portland • Etz Chaim Synagogue, Portland • Congregation Bet Ha’am, Portland • Beth Israel Congregation, Bath • Beth Israel Congregation, Waterville • Temple Beth El, Augusta • Adas Yoshuron Synagogue, Rockland • Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine • The Covenant Foundation

 

We are happy to be able to offer this collection to our community free of charge. Donations in support of these resources are gratefully accepted. To donate to the Center through Colby, choose our organization from the drop-down menu.


Resource Index:

  1. Mindfulness and Melodies with Cantor Sheila Nesis
  2. Seven High Holiday Prayers and Reflections from Feliza and Or Zohar
  3. A High Holiday Concert with Nefesh Mountain
  4. Reflections on the Unetaneh Tokef prayer with Reverend Kate Braestrup

Mindfulness and Melodies: Confessions and Forgiveness

With Cantor Sheila Nesis

Experience a moment of mindfulness and inspiration. Wherever you are, join Cantor Sheila Nesis to immerse yourself in selected texts, liturgy, meditation, and inspiring melodies for preparing to open yourselves to kindness, and to forgive yourself and others. Click here to access the source texts for this video.

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Insights from the Galilee with Feliza and Rabbi Or Zohar

This series of musical podcasts for the High Holidays includes teachings, guided meditations, and holiday prayers set to both traditional and new melodies. 

 A musical duo based in the Galilee, Israel, Rabbi Or Zohar and Feliza Zohar are composers of Jewish music and teachers of progressive Jewish spirituality in Israel and around the world. Rabbi Or is the Reform rabbi of Misgav Regional Council in the Central Galilee, a scholar of Kabbalah, and doctoral candidate at Tel Aviv University. Feliza is a singer-songwriter, choreographer, performance artist, teacher of embodied prayer, and voice movement therapist with a master’s degree in expressive arts from Tel Aviv University. Rabbi Or and Feliza are currently working on their third album, End of Wonders. To learn more go to www.orandfelizamusic.com

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1) Achat Sha’alti: If Only I Had One Wish

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2) Al Chet Shechat׳anu : Contemporary Sins for an Ancient Prayer

Watch the Video Here

Listen to the Audio Recording Here


3) Passing through the Gateway of Kol Nidrei

Watch the Video Here

Listen to the Audio Recording Here


4) Lev Tahor—Create a New Heart in Me, O Lord (Psalm 51)

Watch the Video Here

Listen to the Audio Recording Here


5) Sh’ma Israel—The Maine-Galilee Connection

Watch Video Here

Listen to the Audio Recording Here


6) Mima’amakim: A Song of Ascent—Out of the Depths I Call to You, O Yah! (Psalm 130)

Watch the Video Here

Listen to the Audio Recording Here


7) Rosh Hashanah—The Call of the Shofar in Times of Corona

Watch the Video Here

Listen to the Audio Recording Here




Maine High Holiday Concert with Nefesh Mountain

Featuring reflections from Rabbi Erica Asch and Rabbi Rachel Isaacs

Nefesh Mountain founders Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg sing uplifting melodies and talk with Rabbi Rachel Isaacs and Rabbi Erica Asch about what is unique about Jewish life in Maine, wishes for the new year, and where we find love and hope. Come join this stirring musical conversation.

Doni Zasloff and Eric Lindberg are the core of the band Nefesh Mountain, the featured artists at the Center’s 2019 Fall Shabbaton. Nefesh Mountain combines bluegrass, old-time, and American Roots music with Jewish heritage and tradition. For more about the band and their music visit Nefesh Mountain.

Watch Video Here

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Who by Fire, Who by Water?

Reflections on Unetaneh Tokef  with Rev. Kate Braestrup

In this recording, Rev. Kate Braestrup reflects on the words of Unetaneh Tokef, a powerful liturgical poem recited each year on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and the resonance these words have on her work and experience.

Kate Braestrup is a community minister and chaplain to Maine game wardens, often on search and rescue missions, in the wilds of Maine. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Here If You Need Me. Her other works include Marriage and Other Acts of Charity and Beginner’s Grace: Bringing Prayer to Life. Her latest book is Anchor & Flares: A Memoir of Motherhood, Hope & Service. She lives in Lincolnville, Maine.

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