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Rabbi Jeffrey Summit

March 3, 2014

Jews have very strong feelings about music in prayer and in ritual. The “right” music can make services feel deep and accessible. The “wrong” music can make you feel alienated or bored. In Rabbi Summit will explore how music works in ritual and the different aspects of music that have symbolic importance to people. Ritual music is encountered for a moment and generates an instant reaction that touches the values that are important to us and who we are at our core as Jews.

 Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit is the Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel at Tufts University, where he also serves as Research Professor in the Department of Music. He also holds appointments as Research Professor in the Judaic Studies Program of the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures and as the University’s Jewish Chaplain. He is the author of The Lord’s Song in a Strange Land: Music and Identity in Contemporary Jewish Worship (Oxford University Press, 2000) and together with photojournalist Richard Sobol, is co-author of Abayudaya: The Jews of Uganda (Abbeville Press, 2002).