Shanah Tovah for 5777

All of us at Congregation Agudath Achim and The Jewish Community House in Taunton, Massachusetts wish you a Shanah Tovah – a Good Year – 5777.  May it be a year of blessing and peace for you and for your loved ones – family and friends – and, indeed, for the entire world.

With peace – shalom – Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath

B’nai Mitzvah “Season”

Bar Mitzvah Drawing ImageWelcome to our spring Shabbat mornings where almost every Shabbat from now until June 18th includes a special celebration for one of our seven B’nai Mitzvah students.

Emily F. did a great job with her Acharei Mot Torah portion on May 7th.  Max is next with Kedoshim. Then comes Adin with Emor and the twin Jeremy and Marisa with Behar.  Taking a week off the first Shabbat of June, we then find Emily B. with Bemidbar and Jane closing us out with Naso.

Remember, please, that these mornings are not “private” services, that you do not have to have received an invitation in order to attend.  Invitations that families send do, indeed, announce the service, but they also include information about family parties, which are, of course, private affairs. Shabbat services, themselves, and the Kiddush reception following, are open to all.

Do join us on Shabbat morning when we’re especially festive and, definitely, doing our very best . . . . and, come celebrate these life milestone events with our wonderful students and their families.

Shalom – Rabbi/Cantor Anne Heath

Almost 5775 – Musical Greetings

EEEEEEK!! It’s almost here – 5775. Another year. Another chance to start again. Another season to celebrate with friends and family.

Enjoy these musical preparations.

 

 

The Jewish – Arab Peace Song

JEWISH MUSIC ROCKS – this Shabbat morning we explored the idea of what makes music Jewish music. Our opening theme included contemporary music that expresses desires for peace and a better world.  Visit Jewish Music Rocks for the start of the discussion on our site and then follow along the blog for additional musical entries from this Shabbat and subsequent mornings throughout 5775.  A schedule for this exploration may be found in the description of our Shabbat Morning Services.

In this song, Jewish-Israeli and Palestinian singers and musicians joined together to perform the Hebrew-Arabic song “Heveinu Shalom Aleinu” (We Brought Peace Upon Us) – “Ma Ana Ajmal Min Salam” (There is Nothing More Beautiful Than Peace). Sung in both Hebrew and Arabic, this Middle Eastern, Sepharadic-style, jazzy and inspiring song rocks with hope. The video include lyrics in English. Transliterations of the Hebrew and Arabic lyrics follows.

PERFORMERS (in order of appearance):
Israeli Jews:
Leah Shabat
Shlomo Gronich
Zehavah Ben
Eli Luzon

Palestinians:
Sahmir Shukri
Nivine Jaabri
Elias Julianos
Lubna Salame

TRANSLITERATION OF SONG
(Hebrew)
yesh beneynu hiburim
she’horeynu lo halmu
yesh beneynu diburim
she’ad koh lo nishme’u.

anahnu kan bishvil koolam
anahnu gesher ve’soolam
bishvil mi she’holem
bishvil mi she’halam.

ve’od be’hayeynu
ve’od be’yameynu
nashir be’koleynu:

HEVENU SHALOM ALEINU…

(Arabic)
idak lou yib’a idi
imanak wil’ahlam
minamar dinya jdidi
danya mahbi wa’salam

wilama ‘niya titsafa
kool inas biyib’ku nas
minsir eylet hub
eyli tishrab min kas.

min kas i’salam
min kas i’salam
kas i’salam:

MA ANA AJMAL MIN SALAM…

(Hebrew)
ken, horeynu kvar akhlu
boser ad etmol shilshom
akh shineynu titpal’u
lo tikhena od hayom.

(Arabic)
sawiyeh minwahed al’kaloob
sawiyeh minawer al’kool
ma awlad i’salam
ma awlad al-ahlam

(Arabic and Hebrew)
min kas i’salam ve’od be’hayeynu
min kas i’salam ve’od be’yameynu
kas i’salam nashir be’koleynu

Hevenu Shalom Aleinu…
Ma Ana Ajmal Min Salam…

From the Pacific Free Press article here.