Ps. 150: The Music Psalm

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, Ph.D. is a Research Professor in the Department of Music at Tufts University. He serves as Director of an Innovation Lab for Hebrew College and as Senior Consultant to Hillel International. He is the author of Singing God’s Words: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary Judaism (Oxford University Press) and The Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship (Oxford University Press). His CD Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) was nominated for a Grammy award. His CD with video Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music and Interfaith Harmony in Uganda (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) was named best world music CD by the Independent Music Awards. His research and writing focus on music and identity, music and spiritual experience, music and advocacy, and the impact of technology on the transmission of tradition.

The Abayudaya, a community of approximately 2000 practicing live in villages surrounding the town of Mbale in Eastern Uganda. Drawn, in their words, to the truth of the Torah, they began practicing Judaism approximately a hundred years ago.

 

 

 

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