Sh’ma Yisrael

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Fran Gordon and Naomi Less’ song “Shma Yisrael” asks the Jewish community at large why in Israel, a modern Jewish democracy, the spiritual civil rights of all Jews are not protected. This song is part of a larger initiative called the “Sacred Rights, Sacred Songs Project” – a concert to awaken Jews around the world to the conflict between Public Jewish Law and the core democratic values found in Israel’s Declaration of Independence. (ie. marriage laws, women’s rights, divorce, conversion, burial, public transportation.)

As part of the ethos of this movement for spiritual civil rights in Israel, we want to extend to music educators and musicians, the sheet music to “Sh’ma Yisrael-Listen Israel” at no charge to you. We are giving the song, video and music away to you to use to activate and educate folks about when Jewish public religious law comes into direct conflict with core Jewish democratic values.

Download the sheet music for Sh’ma Yisrael

LYRICS:

Verse:
Who decides how I’m a Jew?
Who dictates what I have to do
to claim my essence
to bond with my Tribe?

A bribe you say could make a difference?
Why this rule and that behavior?
I can’t believe Mashiach
would be that kind of saviour
that demands we find the Truth in just one way?
Don’t we get something to say?

Chorus:
Sh’ma Yisrael
L’chol am yisrael
Sh’ma l’Kolot Yisrael
L’chol am yisrael

Sh’ma Yisrael
L’chol am yisrael
Sh’ma l’Kolot Yisrael
L’chol am

Intro

Bridge:
In a land that values dignity & the rights of free expression
How could one’s identity fall prey to this suppression?
In the modern Jewish State, can we begin to celebrate
the different ways to be part of one tribe?

Chorus:
Sh’ma Yisrael
L’kol am yisrael
Sh’ma l’Kolot Yisrael
L’kol am yisrael

Sh’ma Yisrael
L’kol am yisrael
Sh’ma l’Kolot Yisrael
L’kol am
Yisrael

CHORUS

Who decides how I’m a Jew?
Who dictates what I have to do
to claim my essence
to bond with my Tribe?
In a democracy, more than one voice, should decide.


Video Credits:
Sh’ma Yisrael © Fran Gordon and Naomi Less, March, 2012
Executive Producer: Fran Gordon
Music Produced and Arranged by: Glenn Grossman (G2 Studios, Brooklyn, NY)
Video Produced and Directed by: Michal Hanuka
Assistant Video Producer: Glenn Grossman
NYC site filming by: Saul Sudin
Pepper Pike, Ohio site filming by: Steve Hacker

Musicians:
Lead Vocals – Naomi Less (Booking: [email protected])
Vocalists- Fran Gordon, Shira Kline, Beth Shafer
Keyboard- Sam Glaser
Guitar – Shahar Mintz
Acoustic Guitar – Naomi Less
Bass- Uri Kleinmann
Cello – Yoed Nir
Programming and Drums – Glenn Grossman (www.glenngrossmanmusic.com)

Participants in making of Sh’ma Yisrael video:
Camp Ramah Wisconsin Staff 2012: Emily Malamud, Shoshana Jaffa, Becca Sykes, Hezi Mizrachi, Phil Kogan, Harry Eskin, Josh Sacks, Steven Hoffman (not shown)
Ramah Darom Gesher campers, Summer 2012 (not shown)
Nesiya Institute participants, Summer 2012
Beit Yisrael, Gilo, Jerusalem, Mechina Program participants, Fall 2012
B’nai Jeshurun Congregation Religious School students, Pepper Pike, Ohio, Fall 2012

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