In the Women’s Synagogue

Event time: 
Saturday, April 1, 2023 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Sterling Divinity Quadrangle (SDQ ), Marquand Chapel See map
409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Conceived as a piece for voices, guitar and electronics but still undergoing evolution in the creative process, and composed for three brilliant women’s voices in contemporary Jewish music (Cantor Judith Berkson, Yuli Yael Be’eri and Cantor Rachel Weston), In the Women’s Synagogue is a new piece of vocal music Jeremiah is writing as part of my year as a Fellow at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. The texts and musical language of the piece will draw on the legacy of Jewish women’s sacred practices. The collection of images that Jeremiah is spinning into music span a terrain of memory, fantasy and history, drawing on sources ranging from Eastern European folklore, to Yiddish women popular music performers of the early 20th century, to the New York immigrant world of his grandmother, to the music of Jewlia Eisenberg, a beloved friend and pioneering Jewish musician who passed away in 2021. The title of the piece refers to the unusual women’s synagogues of medieval Germany. In the Women’s Synagogue imagines the musical life of the sacred space unspooling across centuries as a source of blessings and transformative stories.

Open to: 
General Public