With 19 favorite Hebrew, English and Yiddish songs for families, the CD features a host of upbeat, playtime, energizing songs, like Kum Bachur Atzayl (Wake Up, Lazy Boy), and softer, slower songs, including a truly beautiful version of Shalom Rav.
The insert includes the words, which I find incredibly helpful.
My faves? An upbeat version of Bim Bam (Shabbat welcome song), Hokey Pokey Hebrew Style (I think my grands would love this – can’t wait to do it with them), fun version of Chiribim, Tumbalalaika, and the very soothing Good Night, Laila Tov.
Some of the songs have cues to use (dance, hand motions) in group settings, such as schools or parties. And in different songs, you’ll hear oboe, English horn, guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and percussion.
Judy reached out to me via the web and we discovered several wonderful common bonds – Jewish geography at its best!
Rabbi Judy lives in Alexandria, Louisiana, a small town where my mother used to live for part of her high schooling. I had heard about Alexandria many times (about how small a town it was then; I think the story went something like this, “there were 400 residents, including livestock and hay bales.”).
So to meet someone currently living there felt like a miracle. Her father even went to the same high school as my mother. Judy knew one of my mother’s dear, dear friends. And her cousin will now be 4th generation at that school.
Wonderful faces of Judy
In her early 20s, she volunteered at a Jewish nursery school during her lunch break, where she played guitar and sang with the kids. The director asked her to make a recording to help Jewish and interfaith Moms help reinforce the songs at home.
This volunteering led to her getting the notice of Velvel Pasternak at Tara Publications, developing a music curriculum for Jewish schools, creating 12 albums and sheet music, and touring and performing around the world.
And you gotta love this: Judy was selected as a “Jubilator” (a Jubilation Foundation Fellow) for sharing the joy of music with children.
How to order your CD
Usually available for $15 + shipping, Judy will cut her price in half for us to $7.50 + $3 shipping. Just $10.50 total! To get Boker Tov, Laila Tov, email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell her how many CDs you want and she’ll coordinate with you to pay via PayPal. Enjoy!
[Note: I cannot get “Good Morning, Boker Tov” out of my head – it’s such a lovely melody!]
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