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Peri Smilow



Peri draws on her many years of experience as a performer (member of the professional actor's union - Actor's Equity)  educator (she holds an Ed.M from Harvard's Graduate School of Education) and community organizer as she presents exciting, interactive sessions, designed for adult learners. JCC's, Hadassah, Sisterhoods/Brotherhoods, synaogue Boards, adult b'nai mitzvah classes and other adult learning groups will love learning with Peri. Teenagers welcome!

"Nusach America" - From the Shtetl to summer camp . . . or how did we get here from there?

We'll take a look at the inclusion of "progressive" music in worship from the start of the Chassidic movement to instruments on the bimah. When did it become important for our worship music to be "singable"? When did the theological seminaries begin requiring cantors to play the guitar? We will talk and sing our way through history.

"Sing Out for Justice" - An introduction to using the arts as a tool for social change

For over 20 years Peri worked with inner city youth during after school hours. She turned her passion for tikkun olam and her training in music and education (she holds an Ed M from the Harvard Graduate School of Education) into a unique project bringing together African American and Jewish youth. The result was The Freedom Music Project - an electrifying choir of young black and Jewish singers celebrating the freedom music of their traditions. Using the Freedom Music Project as an example we will explore the use of the arts as a tool for social change.

"Matching the Music with the Message"

We will pose the burning questions asked by shlichay tzibur (worship leaders) nation-wide..."so with all of this new music out there - how do I know which melodies to choose?" Join us for singing and discussion as we struggle to find the "right" music for OUR worship. Please come ready to share your favorite worship melodies for worship.

"How wonderful it was to have you with us. As much as your artistry I thank you for your warmth and your "connectability" with every possible person and age group from preschoolers to octogenarians. They all loved you. Your music was just the right combination of ruach and reverence - but again, it is your ability to connect at which I marvel. You are a most valuable and precious resource for the Jewish community. We are so grateful for you performance."

updated: 11 years ago