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Shabbat Service Celebrating Global Jewish Music


By Cantor Sarah Beck-Berman

On Friday, June 18, Congregation Beth Ahabah celebrated Global Jewish Music during Shabbat services. Cantor Sarah Beck-Berman first held a Global Jewish Music Shabbat in 2016, and since then it has grown into a special annual opportunity to learn about diverse Jewish music traditions and how they developed around the globe.

Past years have included an overview of global Jewish music traditions, Yemenite Jewish music, and the music of the Iraqi-Indian diaspora. This year, Cantor Beck-Berman spoke about the fascinating history of the Persian-Jewish community and their unique musical traditions.

Cantor Beck-Berman is grateful for the generosity of Cantor Jacqueline Rafii (West Hills, California) in making her thesis and recordings available to use during the service. For her thesis, Music of an Ancient Jewish Family: Recovering, Preserving, and Disseminating the Prayer Music of Persian Jews on Persian Jewish Prayer Music, Cantor Rafii collected examples of Persian Jewish prayer music which have been passed down orally for generations. Some of these pieces were shared during the service.

A recording of our June 18 Shabbat service is available on our YouTube Channel, or by clicking here: https://youtu.be/H7hgCrZw3Jk 

Cantor Jacqueline Rafii’s Senior Recital includes the pieces from her thesis, and is available online here: https://youtu.be/njuqraUuvpU

Please feel free to reach out to Cantor Beck-Berman directly for more information at cantorbeckberman@bethahabah.org.

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