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Shabbat is a time for us to reconnect, to reboot, and to just “be.” After the six days of creation, G-d modeled Shabbat for us in the most perfect way by taking the seventh day (“sheva”, meaning seventh, for the seventh day of the week) to rest. The root of the words “sheva” and “Shabbat” is “shev” which literally means “return.” On Shabbat, we are called to return to ourselves, to our centers, to our rest in order to rejuvenate, replenish, and revitalize for the next week. There is no better way to do this than as a community through the music of our prayers.

On this page, you will find some of my favorite melodies which I will be introducing to you during Shabbat services. Please feel free to listen to these at your leisure. If you come to Shabbat services and hear a melody that is unfamiliar to you, you will find it here. This way, you can “return” to Shabbat services and unplug, relax, and participate comfortably and with intention. Enjoy, and happy singing!


- Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman

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Listen to prayers and songs performed by Cantor Susan Lewis Friedman:



  • Cap It Off!
    Complete the Capital Campaign and See What’s Yet to Come.... with an Ice-Cream in Hand 

    Thursday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m.

    The Capital Campaign is nearly across the finish line! The school entrance is moving and the se...


  • A Close Look at Torah

    with Rabbi Andrea London
    Fridays through June 7 (No class April 19 and 26)
    9:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.
    There are many ways to interpret Torah and the nuances of meaning that are often overlooked. We will continue our learning from ...

  • With Rabbi Andrea London

    Shabbat,  June 1
    3:30–5:30 pm This class meets at Rabbi London's home.

    Once a month on Shabbat afternoon at Rabbi London's home, explore Jewish spiritual practices that combine prayer, meditation, st...

  • with David Zarefsky

    Tuesday, June 4 | 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Sessions will focus on the place of the United States in the world, including relationships with Israel, the nature of the social contract, and the principles of fed...

  • Drumming for Self-Renewal

    with Linda Schneider
    Wednesday, June 12; 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

    Percussion offers hands-on, non-verbal access to the spiritual and emotional while connecting with others. Treat your mind, body, and spirit to an uplifting break fr...

  • with Hyma Levin
    Wednesdays, May 22 and 29, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Enjoy the story of Ruth as we explore the relationship of an older woman and a younger woman seeking to preserve themselves in ancient Israel. Is this story a cute fol...

    with Cantorial Soloist Shawna Rosen
    Thursdays June 13 and 20 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Learn the basics of the traditional cantillation system to chant Torah and the common trope families. All beginners and almost ...

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