2010Lekhu NeranenaThe Blessing of Memory / ha-Makom Yenahem Etkhem
Abby Bernstein Gostein began composing Jewish liturgical music in 1986, which was the start of a long-term involvement with Reform Jewish musical leadership that has included youth group and summer camp songleading, choral conducting, music teaching, and leading congregations in song and prayer. She has served Union for Reform Judaism congregations as a cantorial soloist since 1994 and currently serves in that capacity at Temple Beth Shalom in Austin, Texas. She holds an M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from Yale University, where she organized and led the first Jewish singing group on campus. She strives to create compositions that are both moving and accessible, with memorable melodies and contemporary harmonies intended to be easily usable by cantor or soloist, congregation or choir. Her works have been sung throughout the United States and internationally. Her CD Each Blessing contains her original compositions, including her 2010 Shalshelet Festival compositions, Lekhu Neranena and The Blessing of Memory – Ha makom Yenahem Ethem. She is a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians, where she serves as Vice President of Membership, and the Women Cantors’ Network, where she serves on the Music Commission Committee for 2011. www.abbygostein.com