On January 23 Temple Beth Tikvah celebrates a musical moment in Jewish biblical history—this Shabbat is Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song celebrating Moses and Miriam leading the Israelites across the Sea of Reeds (The Red Sea) and out of Egypt.
This particular evening we are blessed to have Eileen Heaton, one of Bend’s most beautiful voices, joining us in prayer. Ms. Heaton has performed as a soloist for the Sunriver Music Festival, Cascade Chorale, Obsidian Opera and Cabaret Connection, as well as for many area churches.
This is also the time of year where we celebrate the memory of Debbie Friedman, a singer and songwriter whose work married traditional Jewish texts to contemporary folk-infused melodies and is credited with helping give ancient liturgy broad appeal to late-20th-century worshippers.
Our service will include many of Debbie’s most memorable melodies sung by Eileen Heaton, as well as Temple Beth Tikvah’s very own Debbie Pattison, who will be joined on piano by Julie Geveshausen.
Debbie Friedman taught us to long for more in all of her music. She exposed so many people to the idea that you, yourself, can pray to God. She has inspired so many to sing….to sing out….to sing up….so please join us for Shabbat Shirah and sing.