NightShul: Haftarah Chanting Class

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Thursday, January 27, 2022,
10:15 am - 11:15 am

East Midwood Jewish Center

Join us Wednesdays from 7:30-8:45 pm (starting next Wednesday, Jan 5) as we begin a journey toward “chanting literacy.” In this class, we’ll learn the ancient system of ta’amei haMiqra – the symbols (called tropes) that tell us how to chant the words of the prophets. We’ll discuss the origin of this system, understand how the tropes function, and start applying them to the text.

The class will run for approximately 6 weeks. We will work toward a collective chanting of a haftarah (each person will take a few verses) sometime in the early spring.

If you need to brush up on your Hebrew reading skills (or if you have none) that’s not a problem. You’ll be able to work in transliteration until we get you up to speed on your basic reading. You do not need to be a fluent Hebrew reader.

As I’ve mentioned, this is not a performance class! Chanting from the Torah or haftarah does not require any musical skill! A pleasant voice is a bonus, but has nothing to do with this project. If anyone has ever told you that “you can’t sing,” they were most likely wrong anyway, and now is the time to show them!

RSVPs would be helpful (even if you’ve already told me). I will email out a packet to everyone enrolled. If you will be joining us by phone, let me (or the office) know asap and we will put a packet in the mail for you. Call the office for details on how to pay for the class (718-338-3800).

I hope you’ll join us! See you next Wednesday.

Rabbi Sam

Click here to sign up. Zoom call information will be provided upon RSVP.