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A psalm, a song for Shabbat.
It is good to praise Adonai; to sing to Your name...
The righteous bloom like a date-palm;
they thrive like a cedar in Lebanon;
planted in the house of Adonai,
they flourish in the courts of our God.
In old age they still produce fruit;
they are full of sap and freshness.

It is a good thing indeed to engage in prayer with a vibrant and dynamic community. When we sing together, we express emotions, connect to our roots, build deeper relationships, and give voice to our dreams. Through music we celebrate our past and invest in the future, constantly renewing and reinventing ourselves and our community. Our prayers are fruitful,
constantly freshened by new musical interpretations.
Park Avenue Synagogue has a long tradition of commissioning liturgical music, and we are proud to continue this tradition by inviting accomplished composers to write music for our services. Most of the music on this CD was composed in the past year. Our prayer services evolve with new liturgical settings that accommodate the musical sensibilities of our generation. From innovative instrumentations to a novel pace, from inclusion of our matriarchs to prayers in English, we build on our heritage and draw meaning from it. We are grateful to our community, to our talented and dedicated staff, and to the gifted musicians who partner in the sacred mission of writing the score for us and for future generations. We hope you will enjoy the melodies on this CD and sing along, so that our music will resonate within the walls of our synagogue and beyond.
Cantor Azi Schwartz
Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove
Art Penn, Chairman
Melvin Schweitzer, Chair of Music Committee
August 2015 · Av 5775

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released September 9, 2015

Choir

Soprano:
Danya Kotak
Emily Moore
Elisa Singer
Emily Werne
Alto:
Brooke Collins
Yonah Gershator
Janara Kellerman
Toby Newmann
Tenor:
Jhas Agosto
James Kennerley*
Donald Meineke
Joe Rubinstein
Bass:
Raphael Biran
Dominic Inferra
Elliot Levine
David Schmidt

Child soloist on tracks 14 & 17: Sofia Egol
Duet on track 12: Zina Goldrich
*Conductor on tracks 9 & 18

Band
Mike Cohen, woodwinds
Leo Grinhauz, cello
Andrew Zinsmeister, guitar
Danny Weller, bass
Alex Wyatt, percussion
Vitor Gonçalves, accordion

Production manager
Gil Smuskowitz
Recording engineer and audio editing
Doug Yoel
Mastering
Alan Silverman
Art Director
Sophy Wu
Photography
Karen Smul
Photography, page 5
Karen Cattan/Sugar Studio
Text editor
Marga Hirsch
Recorded
July 7, 8, 9, 2015 at Park Avenue Synagogue

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Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue New York, New York

Cantor Azi Schwartz is the Senior Cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York, and is a world-renowned vocal performer and recording artist whose music reaches Jewish and interfaith audiences internationally.

Azi has performed at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden; on PBS and on Richard Gere’s movie 'Norman'; and for Pope Francis.

He has released nine albums of Jewish liturgical music.
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Track Name: Yism’hu
Yism’hu v’malkhut’kha shomrei Shabbat
v’korei oneg.
Am m’kad’shei sh’vi∙i, kulam yisb’u
v’yitan’gu mi-tuvekha.
Uva-sh’vi∙i ratzita bo v’kidashto, hemdat
yamim oto karata zekher l’ma’aseh v’reishit.

Those who celebrate Shabbat rejoice in
Your kingdom and make the seventh day
holy, calling it a delight. All of them truly
enjoy Your goodness. For it pleased You to
sanctify the seventh day, calling it the most
desirable day, a reminder of Creation.
Track Name: Mizmor Shir
Mizmor shir l’yom ha-shabbat.
Tov l’hodot l’Adonai, u-l’zameir l’shimkha
elyon.
L’hagid ba-boker hasdekha, ve’emunat’kha
ba-leilot.
Alei asor va’alei navel, alei higayon b’khinor.
Tzadik ka-tamar yifrah, ka-erez bal’vanon
yisgeh.

A Song for Shabbat. It is good to thank God,
to sing Your praise, exalted God, to proclaim
Your love each morning, to tell of your
faithfulness each night, to music of the lute
and melody of the harp. The righteous shall
flourish like the palm tree; they shall thrive
like the cedar in Lebanon.
Track Name: Adon Olam (Goldrich)
Adon olam, asher malakh, b’terem kol y’tzir
nivra.
L’et na’asah v’heftzo kol, azai melekh sh’mo
nikra.
V’aharei kikhlot hakol, l’vado yimlokh norah.
V’hu haya, v’hu hoveh, v’hu yih’yeh b’tifarah.
V’hu ehad, v’ein sheni l’hamshil lo,
l’hahbirah.
B’li reishit, b’li tahlit, v’lo ha’oz v’hamisrah.
V’hu Eili, v’hai go-ali, v’tzur hevli b’eit tzarah.
V’hu nisi u-manos li, m’nat kosi b’yom ekra.
B’yado afkid ruhi b’eit ishan v’a∙irah.
V’im ruhi g’viyati, Adonai li v’lo ira.

God eternal reigned before the birth of every
living thing. When all was made as God
ordained, God alone was known as King.
When all is ended, God will reign alone in
awesome majesty. God was, God is, God
will be, glorious in eternity. God is unique,
there is no other, there is none at all to be
compared. Without beginning and without
end, God’s vast dominion is not shared. God
is my God, my life’s redeemer, my refuge in
distress, my certain shelter, my cup of life. I
place my spirit in God’s care, when I sleep
as when I wake. God is with me, I shall not
fear.
Track Name: Avot
Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu veilohei
avoteinu, elohei avraham, elohei yitzhak,
veilohei ya’akov, elohei sarah, elohei rivka,
elohei rahel, veilohei leah, ha-el ha-gadol
ha-gibor v’ha-norah, el elyon, gomeil
hasadim tovim, v’koneh ha-kol, v’zokheir
hasdei avot, u’meivi go∙el livnei v’neihem
l’ma∙an sh’mo b’ahavah.

Praised are You Adonai, our God and God
of our ancestors, God of Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and
Leah, great, mighty, awesome, exalted God
who bestows lovingkindness, Creator of
all. You remember the pious deeds of our
ancestors and will send a redeemer to their
children’s children because of Your loving
nature.
Track Name: Adon Olam (Cohen)
Adon olam, asher malakh, b’terem kol y’tzir nivra.
L’et na’asah v’heftzo kol, azai melekh sh’mo nikra.
V’aharei kikhlot hakol, l’vado yimlokh norah.
V’hu haya, v’hu hoveh, v’hu yih’yeh b’tifarah.
V’hu ehad, v’ein sheni l’hamshil lo, l’hahbirah.
B’li reishit, b’li tahlit, v’lo ha’oz v’hamisrah.
V’hu Eili, v’hai go-ali, v’tzur hevli b’eit tzarah.
V’hu nisi u-manos li, m’nat kosi b’yom ekra.
B’yado afkid ruhi b’eit ishan v’a∙irah.
V’im ruhi g’viyati, Adonai li v’lo ira.

God eternal reigned before the birth of every
living thing. When all was made as God
ordained, God alone was known as King.
When all is ended, God will reign alone in
awesome majesty. God was, God is, God
will be, glorious in eternity. God is unique,
there is no other, there is none at all to be
compared. Without beginning and without
end, God’s vast dominion is not shared. God
is my God, my life’s redeemer, my refuge in
distress, my certain shelter, my cup of life. I
place my spirit in God’s care, when I sleep
as when I wake. God is with me, I shall not
fear.
Track Name: Ata V’hartanu
Atah v’hartanu mikol ha-amim, ahavta
otanu v’ratzita banu, v’romamtanu mikol
ha-l’shonot, v’kidashtanu b’mitzvotekha,
v’keravtanu malkeinu la-avodatekha,
v’shim’kha ha-gadol v’ha-kadosh aleinu
karata.

You have chosen us from all the nations,
You have loved us and found favor in us,
and have exalted us above all tongues,
and have sanctified us through Your
commandments, and have drawn us close,
our Sovereign, to Your service, and Your
holy and great Name You have proclaimed
upon us.
Track Name: V’shamru (Eldor)
V’shamru v’nei yisrael et ha-shabbat, la’asot
et ha-shabbat l’dorotam b’rit olam. Beini
u-vein b’nei yisrael ot hi l’olam, ki sheshet
yamim asah Adonai et ha-shamayim v’et haaretz,
uva-yom ha-sh’vi∙i shavat va-yinafash.

The people Israel shall observe Shabbat,
to maintain it as an everlasting covenant
throughout all generations. It is a sign
between Me and the people Israel for all
time, that in six days the Lord made the
heavens and the earth and on the seventh
day God ceased from work and rested.
Track Name: Ahavah Rabbah
Ahavah rabbah ahavtanu, Adonai Eloheinu,
hemlah g’dolah viteirah hamalta aleinu.
Ba-avur avoteinu v’imoteinu shebat’hu v’kha
va-t’lamdeim hukei hayim, kein t’honeinu
u-t’lamdeinu.

Deep is Your love for us, Adonai our God,
boundless Your tender compassion. Our
ancestors – men and women – trusted in
You, and You taught them life-giving laws.
For their sake graciously teach us, Merciful
One, and show us mercy.
Track Name: Adon Olam (Robinson)
Adon olam, asher malakh, b’terem kol y’tzir
nivra.
L’et na’asah v’heftzo kol, azai melekh sh’mo
nikra.
V’aharei kikhlot hakol, l’vado yimlokh norah.
V’hu haya, v’hu hoveh, v’hu yih’yeh b’tifarah.
V’hu ehad, v’ein sheni l’hamshil lo,
l’hahbirah.
B’li reishit, b’li tahlit, v’lo ha’oz v’hamisrah.
V’hu Eili, v’hai go-ali, v’tzur hevli b’eit tzarah.
V’hu nisi u-manos li, m’nat kosi b’yom ekra.
B’yado afkid ruhi b’eit ishan v’a∙irah.
V’im ruhi g’viyati, Adonai li v’lo ira.

God eternal reigned before the birth of every
living thing. When all was made as God
ordained, God alone was known as King.
When all is ended, God will reign alone in
awesome majesty. God was, God is, God
will be, glorious in eternity. God is unique,
there is no other, there is none at all to be
compared. Without beginning and without
end, God’s vast dominion is not shared. God
is my God, my life’s redeemer, my refuge in
distress, my certain shelter, my cup of life. I
place my spirit in God’s care, when I sleep
as when I wake. God is with me, I shall not
fear.
Track Name: Mi Shebeirakh
Mi shebeirakh avoteinu,
God of our people, and all who came before,
Mi shebeirakh imoteinu,
May your love and guidance open every
door.
Mi shebeirakh avoteinu,
God of our people, whose strength will
never cease,
Mi shebeirakh imoteinu,
May your love and guidance be a path
to peace.
L’dor va-dor, There comes an ancient
yearning
L’dor va-dor, No history can tame
L’dor va-dor, And here and now
We feel the seasons turning
As a brand new spark is added
To the world’s eternal flame.
Mi shebeirakh avoteinu,
Please bless this journey and all the joy
it brings,
Mi shebeirakh imoteinu,
May your love and guidance fill the song
he/she sings.
L’dor va-dor, And in a distant future
someday
L’dor va-dor, May another chorus rise
L’dor va-dor, And in that distant future
someday
May you see the light of knowledge
In your son or daughter’s eyes.
Mi shebeirakh avoteinu,
God of our people, one thing we’re certain of
From the seeds of faith and learning
Grows a family never ending in its love.
Track Name: V’shamru (Enlow)
V’shamru v’nei yisrael et ha-shabbat, la’asot
et ha-shabbat l’dorotam b’rit olam. Beini
u-vein b’nei yisrael ot hi l’olam, ki sheshet
yamim asah Adonai et ha-shamayim v’et haaretz,
uva-yom ha-sh’vi∙i shavat va-yinafash.

The people Israel shall observe Shabbat,
to maintain it as an everlasting covenant
throughout all generations. It is a sign
between Me and the people Israel for all
time, that in six days the Lord made the
heavens and the earth and on the seventh
day God ceased from work and rested.
Track Name: L’dor Va-dor
L’dor va-dor nagid godlekha ul’netzah
n’tzahim k’dushat’kha nakdish.
V’shivhakha Eloheinu mi-pinu lo yamush
l’olam va-ed, ki El melekh gadol v’kadosh
atah. Barukh atah Adonai ha-el ha-kadosh.

Through all generations we declare Your
greatness, and to all eternity we hallow Your
holiness. Your praise will never leave our
lips, for You are God and King, great and
holy.
Track Name: Or Zarua
Or zarua la-tzadik u’l’yish’rei lev simhah.
Bi-shivah shel malah, u-vi-shivah shel
matah,
al da’at ha-makom v’al da’at
ha-kahal,
anu matirin l’hitpalleil im ha-avaryanim.

Light is sown for the righteous, and joy
for those whose hearts are true. By the
authority of the court on high and by the
authority of this court below, with divine
consent and with the consent of this
congregation, we grant permission to pray
with those who have transgressed.
Track Name: Tov L’hodot
Tov l’hodot l’Adonai u-l’zamer l’shimkha elyon.
L’hagid ba-boker hasdekha ve-emunat’kha ba-leilot.

It is good to thank God, to sing Your praise,
exalted God, to proclaim Your love each
morning, to tell of your faithfulness each
night.
Track Name: B’rikh Sh’meih
Ant hu shalit al kola, ant hu d’shalit al
malkhaya, u-malkhuta dilakh hi. Ana avda
d’kudsha b’rikh hu, d’sagidna kameih,
u-mikameih dikar oraiteih b’khol idan v’idan.
La al enash rahitzna v’la al bar elahin
samikhna, ela beilaha dish’maya d’hu elaha
k’shot, v’oraiteh k’shot, u-n’vio∙hi k’shot,
u-masgeih l’me’bad tav’van u-k’shot. Beih
ana raheitz, v’lishmeih kadisha yakira ana
eimar tushb’han. Y’hei ra’ava kadamakh
d’tiftah libi b’oraita v’tashlim mishalin d’libi
v’liba d’khol amakh yisrael, l’tav u-l’hayin
v’lishlam. Amen.

You rule over all, for dominion is Yours. We
are servants of the Holy One, whom we
revere and whose Torah we revere at all
times. We do not rely on mortals, nor on
angels, but on the God of the universe, the
God of truth, whose Torah is truth, whose
prophets are truth, and who abounds in
deeds of goodness and truth. In God we
trust; to God we utter praise. Open our
hearts to Your Torah. Answer our prayers
and the prayers of all Your people Israel for
goodness, for life, and for peace. Amen.
Track Name: Avinu Malkeinu
Avinu malkeinu,
honenu va’anenu ki ein banu ma’asim
Aseih imanu tzedakah va-hesed
v’hoshi∙einu.

Our God, our King, have mercy on us,
answer us, for our deeds are insufficient;
deal with us charitably and lovingly, and
redeem us.
Track Name: Ein Keloheinu
Ein keloheinu, ein kadoneinu, ein
k’malkeinu, ein k’moshi∙einu. Mi kheloheinu,
mi khadoneinu, mi kh’malkeinu, mi
kh’moshi∙einu. Nodeh leloheinu, nodeh
ladoneinu, nodeh l’malkeinu, nodeh
l’moshi∙einu. Barukh Eloheinu, barukh
adoneinu, barukh malkeinu, barukh
moshi∙einu. Atah hu Eloheinu, atah hu
adoneinu, atah hu malkeinu, atah hu
moshi∙einu. Atah hu sheh-hiktiru avoteinu
l’fanekha et k’toret ha-samim.

There is nothing like our God, like our Lord;
there is nothing like our Leader, like our
Protector. / Who is like our God, our Lord?
Who is like our Leader, our Protector? / Let
us thank our God, our Lord; let us thank
our Leader, our Protector. / Let us praise
our God, our Lord; let us praise our Leader,
our Protector. / You are our God, our Lord;
You are our Leader, our Protector. / You
are the One to whom our ancestors offered
wonderfully scented incense.
Track Name: Kiddush
Barukh atah Adonai, eloheinu melekh
ha-olam, borei p’ri ha-gafen.
Barukh atah Adonai, eloheinu melekh
ha-olam, asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav
v’ratzah vanu, v’shabbat kodsho b’ahavah
u-v’ratzon hinhilanu zikaron l’ma∙aseih
v’reishit, ki hu yom t’hilah l’mikra∙ei kodesh,
zekher litzi∙at mitzrayim, ki vanu vaharta
v’otanu kidashta mikol ha-amim, v’shabbat
kodsh’kha b’ahavah u-v’ratzon hinhaltanu.
Barukh atah Adonai, m’kadesh ha-shabbat
.
Blessed are You Adonai, our God, sovereign
of time and space, who desired us and
sanctified us through mitzvot and who
lovingly and willingly bestowed on us
Shabbat, a measure of God’s holiness, a
sign of creation. For it is the first of sacred
times, a symbol of the exodus from Egypt.
You have chosen us and sanctified us from
among all peoples by lovingly and willingly
bestowing on us Your holy Shabbat. Blessed
are You, Adonai, who makes Shabbat holy.
Track Name: Adon Olam
Adon olam, asher malakh, b’terem kol y’tzir
nivra.
L’et na’asah v’heftzo kol, azai melekh sh’mo
nikra.
V’aharei kikhlot hakol, l’vado yimlokh norah.
V’hu haya, v’hu hoveh, v’hu yih’yeh b’tifarah.
V’hu ehad, v’ein sheni l’hamshil lo,
l’hahbirah.
B’li reishit, b’li tahlit, v’lo ha’oz v’hamisrah.
V’hu Eili, v’hai go-ali, v’tzur hevli b’eit tzarah.
V’hu nisi u-manos li, m’nat kosi b’yom ekra.
B’yado afkid ruhi b’eit ishan v’a∙irah.
V’im ruhi g’viyati, Adonai li v’lo ira.

God eternal reigned before the birth of every
living thing. When all was made as God
ordained, God alone was known as King.
When all is ended, God will reign alone in
awesome majesty. God was, God is, God
will be, glorious in eternity. God is unique,
there is no other, there is none at all to be
compared. Without beginning and without
end, God’s vast dominion is not shared. God
is my God, my life’s redeemer, my refuge in
distress, my certain shelter, my cup of life. I
place my spirit in God’s care, when I sleep
as when I wake. God is with me, I shall not
fear.
Track Name: Zam’ru l’Adonai
Zam’ru l’Adonai b’khinor, b’khinor v’kol zimrah.
B’hatzotzrot, v’kol shofar, hari∙u, lifnei ha-melekh Adonai.
Yiram ha-yam u-m’lo∙o, teiveil v’yoshvei vah.
N’harot yimha∙u khaf, yahad harim y’raneinu.

Sing to Adonai to the music of the lyre, the
lyre and voices singing together; with horns
and shofar, trumpet the presence of Adonai,
the Sovereign. Let the sea and all that is
in it roar, the earth and all who dwell on it
thunder; let rivers clap hands, mountains
sing in harmony.

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