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Hazzan Steven Stoehr: HUGS people with special needs (Blog, June 17, 2016)
Selah is a choral group for Jewish young adults and those young at heart. It is open to anyone who identifies within the Special Needs Community and wants to participate. Selah promises to be a welcoming, inclusive and nurturing environment for all. By participating in Selah each performer can affirm their value to the greater community by lifting spirits and bringing joy into the world through music. The benefits to joining in Selah go well beyond singing and making music together, it is more importantly a place to create a nucleus of friends.
"The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between," Claude Debussy (1862-1918). In our choir we Selah-brate this concept by applauding all of our performers, whether they express their joy through audible vocal tones, or those who express their joy through movement, clapping, sign language, or their unifying presence amongst the choir. Thus no matter if their expression is 'in the notes or within the pauses', each performer lifts us up to a place of affirmation that each and every one of us is created in the image of God.
The choir will be led by Cantors Faryn Kates Rudnick, Steven Stoehr and Amy Zussman. Rehearsals will be Sundays from 2:00PM - 3:00PM @ Congregation Beth Shalom, 3433 Walters Avenue, NBK IL 60062. Office: 847 498 4100.
TO JOIN SELAH please contact Cantor Steven Stoehr at Cantorstoehr@bethshalomnb.org or speak to one of the other Cantors
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