Jewish Glee Club
Something that is unique about the Glee Club this year is that it is not just a place where we can come and belt out songs (although, we do plenty of that!). Our small class has become a family. While Midrasha's Glee Club has a performative aspect, it also serves to teach us rhythm, musical styles, and songs of Jewish spirituality.
We began the semester with vocal training. We saw how high, how low, how strong, and how soft our voices could carry, and we echoed through the chapel together. We began with finding Jewish themes in secular music. We looked at songs that are show tunes and contemporary, and explored their ideas which we connected to Jewish ideas. Then we sang, added choreography, and added harmonies. Your teens were so willing!
We moved away from pop and classics to focus on some music in Judaism. We travelled all the way back to the Psalms (Tehillim). We learned all about the perceived writer of many of the Psalms, King David. We learned about his whole life and the paths he took, which might have inspired some of the poetry we have in the Tanakh. We then scoured through the book and found some Psalms that stood out to us. We then wrote our own psalms. Some took a melancholy approach, and others took a joyful praise-like approach. We also took a look at some liturgical songs and also we learned about Hannah Szenes' poetry from WWII.
Next we are moving into preparing for singing at Graduation! The joy that Glee Club has brought has made this second half of the year a blast for me, and from the attendance and attitude of our class- I think they love it too!
Contact Midrasha Co-Directors Mark Deutsch and Debra Marx at (510)501-6692