Jewish Music Together

After seeing two children through toddlerhood, I have sat through enough rounds of “Hello, everybody, so glad to see you” in Music Together classes to set my teeth on edge. If only we had something like this music class, Jewish Family Jam, when my girls were babies, I might have actually encouraged them to sing the songs over and over and over rather than pleaded (silently) with them to cease and desist. It’s kind of brilliant, don’t you think?

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I filmed this today. The group, sponsored by our local Jewish Family Services, meets in the library of the Jewish day school where I teach. It’s taught by the wonderful “entertain-ucator” Felicia Sloin, who asked me to point out that class is emphatically not called Jewish Music Together, which would be a major no-no from the perspective of the folks in New Jersey who run Music Together.

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posted May 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Totally cute!

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posted May 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Does this music teacher or anyone she knows have any interest in teaching preschool music at an Orthodox Jewish school in Riverdale part time?
The class seems lovely.

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posted May 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm

so adorable….i’d go to a class like that!

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Frume Sarah

posted May 27, 2010 at 12:17 am

Looked fun. We are the anti-Music Together family. Must be the music major in me…

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posted May 27, 2010 at 8:08 am

really great!!!
does she have any plans to spread it to other cities? she could definitely put together a program for others that would catch on!

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posted May 27, 2010 at 8:34 am

Where was this when I needed it?! We did Music Together last winter and I came up with impromptu Hebrew translations – “Shalom lekulam, nechmad lirot etchem.” Yup, it can set your teeth on edge in any language.

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posted May 28, 2010 at 12:32 am

There is something similar at the moment in the Boston Area and in Central NJ, and I believe in Toronto as well… there are a few of us (including the talented Felicia Sloin) who would like to collaborate on this project and create a consolidated curriculum! If anyone wants to join us here in NJ, let me know.
My dream is to have a collaborative demo class and workshop at Limmud NY this year, and to finally meet Amy Meltzer (sigh) while there!

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