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what a day!

Thursday, 13 December 2007

An exhausting first day here at the 69th URJ Biennial. Today’s second session was right up my alley with its focus on new trends in synagogue music. Klezfuzion — a thrilling cacophony of gospel, jazz, samba, with a klezmir overlay. Funky! Which led into Maariv. Whew — there were HUNDREDS of people for evening prayer.

To be honest, I didn’t enjoy the format of the service. Taking a page from other faith communities, we davened not with siddurim (prayerbooks), but with all the words prepared as a Powerpoint. As much as I love technology, I cannot imagine our people abandoning our love of the written word. The feel of the book in my hands helps me connect to the generations who have preceded me. And I felt rudderless as I prayed without benefit of a siddur.

Not to mention the fact that having the rabbi share pithy readings with background music and the projected tranquil scenes bore a strong resemblance to SNL’s (Saturday Night Live’s)”Deep Thoughts.”

All-in-all, the music made it a worthwhile experience!

Peach has been … well… a peach! He is a happy, friendly baby and enjoyed being passed around. There are other babies and children here — including one of his classmates from daycare! Of course, his sleeping schedule is off — which means that my sleeping schedule is off too.

Which might explain why I’m awake at 12:35am … And watching a movie about the birth of Jesus.

Followed by David Broza at Masada: A Sunrise Concert.

Funny, no??

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  1. Thursday, 13 December 2007 2:52 pm

    yeah, i wasn’t so taken with the service either. i did like the way the room was packed with people who wanted to be there, though! and your kiddo sure was cute.

  2. Frume Sarah permalink
    Monday, 17 December 2007 11:13 am

    Thanks! And I do agree that it was AMAZING for so many folks to be davening weekday maariv.

    The following thought, however, did cross my mind:

    Do these folks realize that maariv happens every day and not just at Biennial??

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