Beit Tefilah Israeli 311.
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The new CD A Tel Aviv Prayer, with the music of Beit Tefilah Israeli, conveys
the experience of the Kabalat Shabbat Service at the Tel Aviv Port. It includes
original tunes to ancient and modern prayers, as well as prayers composed for
Beit Tefilah by Israeli musicians Yoni Rechter and Shlomo Gronich. The lead
vocalist of the Beit Tefilah ensemble is Atalya Lavi.
The album includes
17 tracks of prayers and songs. Most of the texts are well known but have
received a new melody or a new arrangement that gives them a new meaning. The CD
features songs by leading figures and poets such as Shlomo Elkabetz, Leah
Goldberg, the poets of Psalms, Ali Mohar, Isaiah the Prophet, Louis Armstrong,
Efraim Shamir, Shlomo Bar, Amir Gilboa and Avraham Chalfi. Most of the
arrangements and adaptations were created by the Beit Tefilah Ensemble, except
for those composed for Beit Tefilah by Rechter and Gronich.
Gottfried, along with Rani Yeger, established Beit Tefilah Israeli and leads the
Kabalat Shabbat services at the Tel Aviv Port. He says the CD was born as a way
of adhering to the needs of the services’ participants, who continually
expressed their desire to bring something back home with them from this
extraordinary Shabbat experience, which takes place at sunset every Friday. The
combination of the old and the new, of the traditional prayers, Hebrew secular
texts and current Israeli tunes creates an uplifting experience that brings the
Jewish prayer closer and makes it more accessible, relevant and meaningful to
the lives of secular and traditional Israelis alike.
The CD and the
Siddur Erev Shabbat
prayer book, also issued by Beit Tefilah Israeli, along with
the massive Kabalat Shabbat services at the Tel Aviv Port, create a cultural web
of a Tel Aviv-inspired prayer that is fresh and original and brings together
some 1,000 secular and traditional people in song and prayer.Listen to
the CD online at the Beit Tefilah website: www.btfila.bandcamp.com.