Jewish Celebrations

Jewish Celebrations

Within the Jewish cycle of life, there are many watershed events that are communally celebrated.  A birth is marked by a bris or naming ceremony, passage into adulthood by a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, the union of two people by a wedding, and so forth.  In celebratory events such as these, each one called a 'simcha', Jewish music plays a prominent role.  The Lake String Quartet features arrangements of nearly 200 melodies from the Ashkenazic (Eastern European), Sephardic (Spanish and Northern African), American, and Israeli traditions.  Below we have a list of events and titles appropriate to each.

You can listen to short selections from our CD by clicking the music titles listed below or contact us to request our complimentary CD.

Jewish Wedding Ceremony

To see our list of recommendations, click here.

Prelude:  The 20-30 minute period prior to the ceremony when guests are seated.  Frequently couples choose to have a mixture of classical and Jewish music played during the prelude.

Badeken:  This takes place in orthodox weddings immediately preceding the processional.   The groom and groomsmen cover the bride's face with her veil and then proceed directly to the ceremony.

Siman Tov | Od Yishoma

The Processional:  This music, for the entrance of the wedding party, can be performed or without cantor.

Chorsat Ha-Ekoliptus | Erev Ba | Erev Shel Shosanim | Hana'ava Babanot

The Cememony:  Traditionally, there is no instrumental music during the ceremony.

The Recessional:  The music that begins immediately after the breaking of the glass.   It marks the end of the ceremony proper and is played while the wedding party exits from under the chuppah.  Siman Tov is a traditional recessional song, but many others are appropriate.

Dodi Li | Od Yishoma | Oseh Shalom/Friedman | Siman Tov
Postlude:  Celebratory music for the departure of the guests.

Tum Balalaika

Other Celebrations

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Holidays:  Hannukah, Rosh Hashana, Simchat Tora, Yom Ha'atzma'ut

Simchas:   Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Bris, Naming Ceremony, Anniversary


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