Hebrew Lord’s Prayer Experience — An Uplifting Interfaith Journey into Song & Spirit
Upon learning of the existence of an ancient Hebrew version of the Gospel of Matthew, Yosef Kottler, a composer of Jewish chant and liturgical music, was inspired to compose a contemporary interpretation of The Lord’s Prayer. By exploring the nuanced meaning of the original Hebrew, he has uncovered fresh insights into this devotional prayer while keeping it relevant to today’s world and to people of all faiths.
Join us on an inspirational journey as we sing the prayer and pray the music — and turn our voices into a shared vessel for summoning the Spirit.
SONG 1. Song of Holiness
SONG 2. Song of Sustenance
SONG 3. Song of Forgiveness
SONG 4. Song of Protection
Order the Song Lyrics and Notation Booklet
Interested in sharing the music with your worship or Interfaith community? Email Yosef to inquire about hosting the Hebrew Lord’s Prayer Experience or to request the song lyrics and notation.
Sunday, November 17 at 5 pm
First Parish of Waltham UU Church
50 Church Street, Waltham, MA
Sunday, December 15 at 4 pm
Common Street Spiritual Center
30 Common Street, Natick, MA
Sunday, January 19 at 4 pm
Congregation Beth El
105 Hudson Rd., Sudbury, MA
Monday, February 3 at 7:30 pm
Boston University School of Theology, Marsh Chapel
735 Commonwealth Ave., Boston MA
Sunday, February 8, 2020 at 7 pm
Congregation Beth Elohim
133 Prospect Street, Acton, MA
Sunday, March 29 at 4 pm
South Church in Andover
41 Central Street, Andover, MA
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Yosef Kottler is a composer of Jewish prayer-songs and liturgical music. He is co-founder of Hebrew Chant Boston and has completed the Davvenen’ Leadership Training Institute, and is trained as a Jewish Spiritual Director. He leads a “Drum Your Prayers” workshop, accompanies services as a Temple drummer at synagogues throughout New England, and is Musical Director of the annual Jewish Men’s Retreat at Isabella Freedman.
Belle Linda Halpern is a lay leader at Congregation Beth El in Sudbury and was influenced as a song leader by Martha Schlamme, Cantor Lorel Zar-Kessler and Shlomo Carlebach. She has sung in New York, Boston, San Francisco, Paris, Munich, Jerusalem and Mumbai, performing in five languages. Belle has been called “Boston’s premiere singing actor” by the Boston Herald; The Boston Globe has called her work “stunning, both as music and theatre.”
For over 50 years, Walter Cooper has inspired audiences as a vocalist and singer of spiritual music. In 1988 he founded the Gospel Love Tones where he continues to minister with his brother Stephen and cousin Richard whom he has been singing with since 1962. Walter is Executive Producer and lead vocalist on two popular CDs — “Jubilee” and “Standing on the Rock” — and is working on a third CD soon to be released.
Steven Schatz is a composer, pianist, and resonator of the Word. A psychotherapist in private practice who founded the Center for Music & Imagery, Steven is honored to join in this sacred project, bringing forth Jesus’ Hebrew soul through music and song.
Cathy Meyer works in the Boston area as a full-time musician: performing, conducting, teaching and coaching musicians of all levels and ages. She is Minister of Music at South Church, UCC, in Andover, directing six ensembles weekly as well as playing the organ for services. Serving as Musical Director for One Spirit Foundation brings her great joy, as she has a passion for bringing people of all walks of life together through music.
Marc Sarkady is a master drummer and lover of rhythm. He has played drums for over 50 years and has been in and helped lead numerous bands over the years, most recently as the drummer in Wings of Song with Robert Gass. In addition, Marc makes his contribution to the world as a change agent and leadership consultant to the leaders of corporations, governments, and intergovernmental organizations like the United Nations.