Jun 30, 2011

A Special Request: Help Fund My First Solo Album!

Dear Chevreh, 

For the past 20 years, I've been blessed to sing with musical groups, and before that I learned to express my heart's music at my parents' magic Shabbat table.  I'm proud to share that I am poised to release my first solo album!  The album, tentatively titled "Within", is scheduled for release in the early Fall – if I can secure funding.   We've recorded the tracks, and we're up to the production stage.

"Within" contains 7 songs: 4 new original compositions, one never-before-recorded song by Debbie Friedman z"l, one cover of an Ansel Matthews piece, and one collaboration with my friend and musical soul-mate Rabbi David Paskin setting of an Abraham Joshua Heschel z"l poem.  Here are two audio samples:

My dream for this album is for my music to be framed by my sacred community, Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley, CA.  The artwork, liner notes, and harmonies will be collaborative creation contributions of members of Netivot Shalom.  (See below for the list of songs and the cover artwork: a quilt by Karen Friedman, photographed by Nadine Samuels.)

I need your help to make this dream a reality.  The music is ready to be shared, and the only factor in the way is the cost.  An anonymous donor already funded the basic recording.  I invite you to consider the following sponsorship opportunities for my album, with or without acknowledgement on the album itself, as you choose:

  • one song: $360-$540
  • album sponsorship: $10,000.

To sponsor "Within", please send a check to:


Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Congregation Netivot Shalom

1316 University Ave

Berkeley, CA


All gifts are tax deductible, and I am also glad to hear from you with any questions.  This life-long dream has filled me with incredible spirit, and I look forward to sharing it with you all.

Kol Tuv,


Quilt (C) Karen Friedman (photo credit: Nadine Samuels)

Scottish Niggun

melody: Rabbi Menachem Creditor

I and You

based on a poem by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, z"l (1907-1972)

melody: Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Rabbi David Paskin


lyrics and melody: Ansel Matthews

recorded with permission of Ansel Matthews

Yedid Nefesh 

lyrics: Rabbi Elazar Azikri z"l (1533 - 1600) 

melody: Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Eshet Chayil

lyrics: Proverbs 31

melody: Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Lecha Dodi

Lyrics: Rabbi Shlomo Halevi Alkabetz z"l (1500-1580)

melody: Rabbi Menachem Creditor


Lyrics: Exodus 25:8

Melody: Debbie Friedman z"l (1951 – 2011)

recorded with permission from the Friedman family

Rabbi Menachem Creditor
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