HIGH HOLIDAYS 2018
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Rabbi Dan Ain (center) and our High Holiday Music Director Jeremiah Lockwood (left) with Reb Daniel Brenner who will be leading our services this year.
A word from Jeremiah Lockwood, High Holiday Music Director, July 2018
For the past seven years I have worked as High Holidays music director for Because Jewish. I am incredibly proud of the work that my friend Rabbi Dan Ain and I have done building community and presenting rich aesthetic and spiritual experiences based in deep roots of Jewish music and culture. This year something remarkable will be happening. Dan has gotten a job as a pulpit Rabbi at a major synagogue in San Francisco. This is a natural development of Dan’s ministry and while I am sad to see him going, I am also very pleased to see this important development in life for Dan and his family. We here at Because Jewish have an incredible opportunity to continue and build on the work that Dan and I have done over the years. After incredible and inspiring support from key members of the community showed us that there was a way to make it feasible from a practical perspective, we have jumped in with renewed energy to continue to offer the unique Because Jewish High Holidays experience. I am especially thrilled by the untiring work that Executive Director Wendi Weinman has put in to make the continuity of our services possible.
This year’s services will offer the same musical aesthetic, the same service forms and venues, and the same relatable and intellectually stimulating approach to the experience of community and prayer that we have built over the last seven years. We were very fortunate to know Rabbi Daniel Brenner to co-lead services, a leader with years of experience as an educator and community leader and an individual who shares our uncompromising focus on foregrounding beauty and a welcoming atmosphere. I am especially excited that this year’s services will feature singer and scholar Jewlia Eisenberg who will be a guest musician and facilitate meditative musical experiences throughout our services.
I am so excited to see the growth of the Because Jewish community and am thrilled at the opportunity to continue our work. While this year offers some change and some sadness about Dan and Alana (and Autumn and Samson) going, this feeling is mediated by joy in seeing how strong what we have built has become and a great sense of hope about how much we can still achieve together.