Music

Music

AJRCA encourages the development of new Jewish music, both sacred and secular. Our talented students and alumni have put the Academy at the forefront of the Jewish musical scene. We invite you to explore the playlist below, featuring original compositions from our community.

Click on any of the songs below to stream the audio.

“R-fa-aynu” Hazzan Eva Robbins ’04

This piece was inspired by my daughter, Rachael’s horrific car accident in 1997 when I sat with her in the post-op room singing to her, as she came out of the anesthetic. Connecting to our liturgy for support, I wanted to create a healing song that could help others in such moments of pain, fear and aloneness.
“R-fa-aynu” Hazzan Eva Robbins ’04

“The Quail” Rabbi Cantor Neil Blumofe ’09

The Quail is an improvised piece, recorded live at The Elephant Room, in Austin, Texas. It is part of a larger original album, entitled Moses’ Muses, that traces the life and death of Moses, through a pairing of jazz and sacred Jewish liturgical music.

“The Quail” Rabbi Cantor Neil Blumofe ’09

“Akhzivland” Cantor Jonathan Friedmann ’10

Akhzivland is a whimsical musical tribute to the micronation of the same name, situated between Nahariya and the Lebanese border on Israel’s west coast. It travels from an energetic bulgar (a klezmer dance) to an accelerating major-minor middle section, and back to a fast-paced bulgar.
“Akhzivland” Cantor Jonathan Friedmann ’10

“Hashkiveinu” Cantor Rebekah Mirsky ’10

I was asked to write something for AJRCA in 2009. I wanted to combine traditional chazzanut and modern blues and folk, attempting to channel Bob Dylan. The result is this interpretation of Hashkiveinu, which asks God to allow us peace and also a desire for life.

“Hashkiveinu” Cantor Rebekah Mirsky ’10

“Sha’alu Shalom” Cantor Marsha Attie ’14

In writing music my emotions are a big source of inspiration for me, and Sha’alu Shalom was born from my deep love and concern for all those who live in Israel. I have always loved to harmonize and was excited to work with some A Cappella musicians on this arrangement.
“Sha’alu Shalom” Cantor Marsha Attie ’14

“Sim Shalom” Cantor Seth Ettinger ’14

Sim Shalom is the concluding petitionary benediction of the Amidah asking G-d to bestow peace, goodness, and blessing upon us and all who are a part of the nation of Israel. The High Holiday insertion asks that when the time comes for G-d to decide, we will be written in the book of life.
“Sim Shalom” Cantor Seth Ettinger ’14