Hurricane Sandy's path of destruction this week hit the Northeast very hard and caused downed power lines and fallen trees to shut down our shul for Shabbat services tonight. Although there will be a minyan in a congregant's home and Shabbat morning services in the building without light and heat, most shul members are being advised to stay home for safety reasons.
So we decided to surf the web and see if we could find a video of a Shabbat service to enjoy at home before candle lighting and the onset of the day of rest. Because you can find anything on the internet, we discovered a service unlike any we had experienced.
At Congregation Beth Ami in Santa Clarita, California, Rabbi Mark Blazer brought in musicians David Zasloff and Iliana Rose to lead the worshippers in a Cuban Jazz Shabbat service, adding a new twist (a Yemenite shofar) to the keyboard, drums, trumpet, and guitar on the stage.
Enjoy, and Shabbat Shalom!