Songs of Our People, Songs of Our Neighbors: Deborah Sacks Mintz

Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020

Conversation and Concert with Deborah Sacks Mintz

Recorded and aired on Wednesday, June 24 at 6 pm Eastern

Celebrate and explore the music of Deborah Sacks Mintz’s new album, The Narrow and The Expanse (2020, Rising Song Records). Deborah will sit down virtually with NMAJH public programs manager and musician, Dan Samuels, to talk about her upbringing, musical influences, favorite collaborators and what drives her efforts to heal the world with music. We will premiere captivating, never-before-seen recordings of Deborah and other musicians created during the making of the album, and see if – just maybe – we can get Deborah to sing something for us live.

About the series:

This new series explores music from varied Jewish traditions and diverse cultures, from the historic and traditional to the contemporary and reimagined. Through conversations, performances, videos, audio, and audience Q&A, this series will use music to better understand the complex, culturally diverse communities which make up the Jewish People, and our nation.

The first three installments of this series will celebrate and explore contemporary Jewish music with noticeable influences from near and far through the leaders of the Philadelphia-based Rising Song Institute.

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More About Deborah Sacks Mintz:

A musician, educator, and prayer facilitator, Deborah Sacks Mintz serves as a resource to communities across North America and beyond who seek to deepen their practice of empowered song and connective prayer. She has served innovative institutions across the country as a teacher of Torah and Jewish communal music, including Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, the Brandeis Collegiate Institute in Los Angeles, and currently as a rabbinic fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in NYC as well as on faculty at Hadar’s Rising Song Institute.

In addition to composing new Jewish melodies and facilitating leadership workshops nationwide, Deborah can be found regularly collaborating with a myriad of musicians, including Joey Weisenberg, Chava Mirel, Josh Warshawsky, and Elana Arian. A leading voice in the Jewish music soundscape, her distinctive harmonies can be heard on over a dozen records by artists from coast to coast.

A Wexner Graduate Fellow, Deborah is pursuing rabbinical ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and holds degrees in music and religious anthropology from the University of Michigan