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Congregation-Friendly Jewish Choral Works
by Michael Reid Winikoff

The most effective and well-received music is often that with memorable, hummable tunes, preferably that fit their texts hand-in-glove.  A tune need not have been first written expressly for communal singing, though often it evolves toward this purpose.

The Jewish choir pieces listed here feature refrains or recurring or otherwise singable tunes that are engaging and accessible to your congregation.  Of course, Adon Olam and Yigdal are actual hymns and therefore intended for congregational singing, even when sung in parts. 

ADON OLAM      

A-DONAY RO-I ("The Lord My Shepherd Is")

     
AHAVAT OLAM

     
HASHKIVEINU Night Prayer

     
HAYOM T'AMTZEINU

     
HATZI KADDISH - HH Musaf      
       
K'VAKARAT (excerpt from
Uv'shofar Gadol)

     
L'CHA DODI      

L'DOR VADOR
     

MAGEIN AVOT

     
MA-OZ TZUR

     
PSALM 29 (Mizmor L'David)

     
PSALM 117 (Hall'lu et A-donay)

     
SHEHECHEYANU (Evening of High Holy Days)

     
S'U SH'ARIM ("Lift High Your Lintels")

     
UN'TA-NE TOKEF

     
V'SHAMRU (Duet/Choir/Cong.)      
       
YIGDAL for the Days of Awe      

YISM'CHU