Rebecca Schwartz | The Light of Shabbat

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The Light of Shabbat

by Rebecca Schwartz

A religious experience of modern Jewish liturgical music. Shabbat morning prayers meet beautiful melodies along with acoustic guitar, bass, flute, clarinet, and percussion.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hinei Mah Tov
3:30 $0.99
2. Modeh Ani
3:27 $0.99
3. Mah Tovu
2:47 $0.99
4. Bar'chu
1:52 $0.99
5. Or Chadash
3:00 $0.99
6. Sh'ma
1:55 $0.99
7. Mi Chamochah
2:02 $0.99
8. Tsur Yisrael
1:32 $0.99
9. K'dushah
3:20 $0.99
10. Yism'chu
2:58 $0.99
11. R'tsei
1:18 $0.99
12. Modim
3:14 $0.99
13. Sim Shalom
1:54 $0.99
14. Yih'yu L'ratson
2:52 $0.99
15. Oseh Shalom
2:35 $0.99
16. Al Shloshah D'varim
2:40 $0.99
17. Eits Chayim
2:06 $0.99
18. Adon Olam
2:05 $0.99
19. Yigdal
3:37 $0.99
20. Modim (Lively Reprise)
3:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Light of Shabbat is Rebecca's first Jewish CD. Featuring melodies that come from the heart, this album can be used as a Shabbat morning service, the individual songs can be used for prayer, or the album can be enjoyed while cooking Shabbat dinner! Rebecca's lush vocals and unique guitar style are enhanced by talented musicians who make Rebecca's music come alive. Or Chadash and Modim have been published by the Union for Reform Judaism. This album has become a classic within the Jewish community, and music from this album is used in temples all over the world.

Rebecca is a professional singer/guitarist and award-winning songwriter who has been performing publicly and privately since 1974. She has written and co-produced four other albums: "Only Time Can Tell" (secular love songs), "Ahavah Rabah ~ With Deep Love" (songs of spirit, love, and hope), "P'tach Libi ~ Open My Heart" (a landscape for prayer), and "Kirvu ~ Come Near" (music for Shabbat and beyond). Rebecca has also written and recorded songs to help teach autistic children.

Rebecca started her career in the coffeehouses and nightclubs of Philadelphia, performing original and cover tunes. She also led Jewish kids in song at local temples as a youth group songleader and music teacher. Rebecca then began a twenty-plus year career singing at wedding/b'nei mitzvah/anniversary receptions as well as high society parties around the country, and especially enjoyed performing for Barbara Walters, William Shatner, and Vera Wang in NYC, and PA Governer Ed Rendell.

Rebecca currently works as a cantorial soloist, songleader, choir director, and music teacher in the Philadelphia area. She specializes in worship experiences, engaging people in the power of prayer through music. This includes Shabbat and Havdalah services for adults and/or children, as well as healing services. She also entertains for special temple events, and sings with the elderly at retirement and nursing homes. She has performed in the US, Canada, Israel, and The Netherlands.

"When she leads us in song, her music brightens our worship and draws us together into a deeply spiritual community." Rabbi Phil Cohen

"Rebecca creates a landscape for prayer. She is a performer; not just a singer." Rabbi Howard Bogot

During the summer months from 2005 - 2012, she enjoyed a position as Songleading Director at URJ Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA, where she taught Jewish music, sang with kids/teens, and mentored young adult songleaders. Under Rebecca's musical leadership for eight summers, "this camp has become one where singing and dancing are truly an enjoyable experience." "It all is really a tribute to Rebecca and her steadfastness over the years… It’s incredible that there are so many who want to be songleaders and have that opportunity to lead others in Jewish music and worship" (quote past and present Senior Assistant Directors Brian Mitchell and Greg Kellner).

For more information about Rebecca, please visit her website (see links).



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Lou Roman

This CD always makes our Sabbaths feel extra special. Glad we found it!


Terrific CD
This is a beautiful CD. The music is well arranged as are the vocals. It is a great rendition of Sabbath music.

Rhonda Fink-Whitman

Perfect for the classroom!
As a Jewish educator, I would often look for appropriate music to play in the classroom and in Rebecca Schwartz's "The Light of Shabbat" I have found the perfect CD! The music is soothing and unique and I love how Rebecca has put her own lovely spin on some beautiful favorites! It's Shabbat with an inspiring twist! The students love to sing along! Rebecca's voice is pure and personally, I find this CD to be spiritually uplifting. Listen in the classroom, listen in the car, listen in the house. Shabbat Shalom never sounded so good!


Lovely Shabbat Music
Rebecca Schwartz has done it again with this great CD of Shabbat music!

Lorna R. Glassman, Board-Certified Music Therapist

A delightful and inspiring presentation of Shabbat melodies
The Light Of Shabbat is a unique and inspiring presentation of traditional and original melodies. The vocal and instrumental blends create a spiritually uplifting atmosphere, while at the same time promoting relaxation and tranquility.

Eric S.

Beautiful CD. Not just for Shabbat.
This CD is beautiful and inspirational. I listen to it all week long, not just on Shabbat.


love it in canada
Really original settings of the liturgy. Rebecca's voice has a sensual quality that makes each track great to listen to.

S. Valentine

Intoxicating melodies & deeply emotional performances from a truly talented comp
Relaxing and uplifting, this recording creates a beautiful atmosphere. I was amazed at how the songs can affect even someone who doesn't celebrate the traditions and transport the listener to another place.

Whether you are looking for Hebrew music, or just interested in being moved by songs with real spirit, Rebecca will touch your soul. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


I love this CD! Everything about it is great. The songs are so beautifully sung, and I listen to it constantly.