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Music from Jewish Gateways Virtual High Holiday Services

Played and sung by musician Joel Siegel, joined by Jewish Gateways participants Cheryl Cleary, Sarah Williams, and Scott Williams 

Our High Holiday services for 2020 • 5781 had to be held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help us feel more connected, even though we weren't together in person, musician Joel Siegel, and three Jewish Gateways participants, pre-recorded a few of the songs we sing at High Holidays so we could listen and sing along with them during the services.

You can find each song, along with its words, below -- just click on the song titles to access the recordings.


Or, you can listen to or download the entire playlist to enjoy as you drive, wash the dishes, exercise ... or whenever you'd like.

1.  Hinay Ma Tov

Hinay mah tov u-mah nayim shevet achim gam yachad.

הִנֵּה מַה טּוֹב וּמַה נָעִים שֶבֶת אַחִים גַם יָחַד

[How good and lovely it is for people to be together.]

2.  Return Again / Hashiveinu: one of the major themes of the High Holidays

Return again, return again, return to the land of your soul (2X)

Return to who you are

Return to what you are

Return to where you are

Born and reborn again.

Return again, return again, return to the land of your soul. 

by Shlomo Carlebach


Hashiveinu Adonai eilecha v'nashuva. Chadesh yameinu k'kedem.

הֲשִׁיבֵנוּ יהוה אֵלֶיךָ וְנָשׁוּבָה חַדֵשׁ יָמֵינוּ כְּקֶדֶם


[Return us, Eternal One, let us return! Renew our days, as You have done of old.]

3.  L’shanah Tova Tikateyvu (Happy New Year!)


L’shanah tovah tikateyvu, l’shanah tovah tikateyvu

Tikateyvu v’tichateymu.

L’shanah tovah tikateyvu, l’shanah tovah tikateyvu

Have a good new year, a sweet new year.

לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה תִכָּתֵבוּ, לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה תִכָּתֵבוּ, תִכָּתֵבוּ וְתֵּחָתֵמוּ


[May you be written and sealed for a good year.]

Please note that this music is shared for educational, not commercial, purposes. 

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