Get excited for our year of musical services & programs with our Artists-in-Residence
Friday, September 9
Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz
Eliana Light has used her passion for music and Jewish education to engage children and adults in a relationship with the divine. Eliana started her career early, serving as education director at Bible Raps and leading family services at Temple B’nai Abraham while still a college student.
Eliana Light is an award-winning songwriter and educator who empowers people to make Judaism their own through song, experiential education, and prayer. She has put out two albums of original Jewish music, A New Light and Eliana Sings (About Jewish Things!). Her songs have been featured on PJ Library compilations and are used by educators, song-leaders, and clergy all over the country.
Eliana has performed and taught throughout the United States, including at the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial, the NewCAJE Jewish Education Conference, Limmud New York, and the DeLeT Masters Program. She is the author of Hebrew in Harmony, a curriculum published by Behrman House that teaches prayer and Hebrew through music. Eliana received her Masters in Jewish Experiential Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2016, and is the Music Educator of B’nai Jeshurun in New York City.
To learn more about Eliana, visit www.elianalight.com
Rabbi Deboarah Sacks Mintz
An educator, practitioner, and facilitator of Jewish communal music, Rabbi Deborah Sacks Mintz supports those seeking to deepen a practice of empowered song and connective prayer - with curiosity, skill, and heart. Through workshops, song-circles, and tefila experiences, Deborah strives to use song as a tool in the process of unearthing the grassroots creative spirituality of the Jewish and global people.
As a performer and composer, Deborah deeply treasures the process of artistic partnership; in addition to collaborating on over two dozen albums with a diverse array of voices in the Jewish soundscape, Deborah released her first album of original spiritual music, The Narrow and the Expanse, in 2020 and is currently working on her second, to be released in 2023. Beloved ongoing artistic projects include Joey Weisenberg’s Hadar Ensemble, Rabbi Josh Warshawsky’s Chaverai Nevarech, and New Moon Rising with Elana Arian and Chava Mirel.
Deborah serves the Hadar Institute as their Director of Tefillah and Music. She received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and holds degrees in music and religious anthropology from the University of Michigan.
Learn more about Deborah's work at www.deborahsacksmintz.com
Pizmon is the co-ed, pluralistic, Jewish a cappella group of Columbia University, Barnard College, and the Albert A. List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. We strive to spread our love of Jewish music, ritual, and culture to Jewish communities of all denominations around the world.
We travel to diverse Jewish communities for weekends during which we fully immerse ourselves in their Jewish life. These weekends fund our annual Musical Outreach Initiative, a spring break trip in which we are able to visit communities normally out of our reach during the school year. In these communities, we lead services, perform concerts, engage in community service-oriented work, and sing with residents of assisted living facilities, schools, and congregations.
As a pluralistic group, we have members originating from a variety of Jewish backgrounds. In that pursuit of pluralism, we immerse ourselves in new and unfamiliar modes of thought and ritual practice, ensuring that our members’ needs are met while engaging in meaningful exploration. Informed by our identity as Jews and through our love of music, we aim to enhance the religious experiences of Jewish communities and inspire their members.
Pizmon’s repertoire consists primarily of liturgical pieces, Israeli rock and pop, Yiddish and Ladino music, and children’s songs, all of which can be found on our albums.