This is a lively, easy-to-sing Yigdal melody with a one-octave range designed for congregational singing. The sheet music includes the lyrics for each verse and distinguishes between which are for Reform and which are for Conservative services. There's an "A" melody and a "B" melody, with the first verse using "A," the second "B," the third "C," and so on to make the singing of this song of praise (often used at the end of Shabbat services) uplifting rather than monotonous. Published in "Voices in Prayer."
Sheet music for songs that start with "Y" or "Z"
This one’s got a rock-and-roll vibe! The 4-page sheet music download includes a melody line plus two harmony lines, although it’s possible to create a unison song by simply singing the first page three times through—melody, then harmony 1, then harmony 2, and grab an ending from the last page. Or have your choir enjoy singing the entire song with all its verses and harmonies. Or have the choir sing just the first page with its three-part harmony. No matter how you use it, you’ll have fun with it! Published in "Voices in Prayer."
With a melody that expresses the grandeur of the creation of light, “Yotzeir Or,” which is entirely in Hebrew, adds beauty to the prayer. For bar/bat mitzvah students who can learn to sing more easily than they are able to read Hebrew, this setting of the Yotzeir Or prayer allows them to lead this portion of the Shabbat morning service with ease. Published in “Voices in Prayer.”
Written for my own child’s bar mitzvah service, “You Are My Child (Jamie’s Bar Mitzvah Song)” can work for any child’s bar or bat mitzvah. The cantor can sing it on behalf of the parent, or cantors can sing it to their own children. There’s a customizable measure. Jamie was standing before us “tall and strong.” Perhaps the child you’re singing about is standing “full of grace” or is standing “lovingly.” All in English, here are some sample lyrics: “May life’s melody resound within your soul and on your lips. May your dreams and hopes become reality. May your days be blessed with wonder and with wisdom and with love. May angels always watch you from above.” The song concludes, “My child, always my child, on this day I share you with the world, no longer a child, my child.” Published in “Jewish Life Cycle.”
Composed to be sung to a bar or bat mitzvah, this song has a Hebrew refrain and lovely English verses that start this way: “You open our hearts to the teaching of Torah. Its words fill our hearts with love and awe, from days gone by till years yet to come, one generation to the next. May your eyes always sparkle with the light of Torah and your ears hear the music of the words. . . “ Published in “Jewish Life Cycle.”
I remember the third grade classes who used to sing this all-English waltz melody for the V’ahavta so beautifully. It was the melody requested by several bar/bat mitzvah students as well. To be sung tenderly, “You Shall Love” is one of my earliest but prettiest melodies. Published in “Voices in Prayer” and “Family Shabbat.”
Sing this tender benediction to someone or with a congregation; while the “Family Shabbat” album has “May God bless and keep us,” the downloadable “Voices in Prayer” sheet music has “May God bless and keep you and smile upon you. May God be gracious and blessing be yours. May God watch you on your way and grant you peace each day. May God watch over you.” Then the melody repeats but the lyrics are the Hebrew prayer. Feel free to sing either “us” or “you.”
While this feels a bit like the familiar "Zum Gali Gali" folksong because it quotes one measure from it, "Zoom Gali Gali" is a new melody with original lyrics about "Zooming" together online. The lyrics work as an introductory song for children's services, classes, or concerts. It's the kind of song that only the year 2020 could have brought about. But it does get children excited about getting together. From the "Super Simple Songs" collection.