Kabbalat K'tan Shabbat

About The Authors

Lisa Silver

Since 2002, LISA SILVER has been the Music Director/Cantorial Soloist at Congregation Micah in Brentwood (Nashville), Tennessee. Lisa's musical responsibilities extend well beyond Congregation Micah. She has been an in-demand Nashville studio musician for more than 35 years. In fact, if you've listened to a record in the last 35 years, you're sure to have heard Lisa! She has been awarded over 20 gold and platinum albums for her contributions as a background singer to recordings by hundreds of artists including Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, and Vince Gill. Lisa has played violin and fiddle on television and recordings for Chet Atkins and Ray Stevens. You may have also heard Lisa on many commercials for Nestle Crunch, McDonald's, United Airlines, and Kellogg's. Children will enjoy knowing that it is Lisa's voice featured on her original theme song for the cartoon Baby Looney Tunes.

Not only noted for her singing and fiddle playing, Lisa has enjoyed a long career as a respected Music City songwriter. She has had over 50 of her original songs recorded, and her #1 song, "Forty Hour Week", recorded by the group Alabama, earned her a Grammy nomination. Lisa co-wrote and produced an album of children's music for Warner Brothers Records called Big Country for One and All which featured Faith Hill, Randy Travis, and Brenda Lee. Several of Lisa's Jewish songs have been published in Transcontinental Music Publications' Complete Jewish Songbook for Children and Nigun Anthology.

Lisa is one of the co-directors of the Micah Kids Choir along with Teri Simon. Lisa and Teri have produced a compilation of their original holiday and High Holy Days songs featuring the Micah Kids Choir. Lisa's most recent production prior to Kabbalat K'tan Shabbat was her own album MOSAIC, pieces of Jewish music in new, original settings. She incorporates many of her original musical settings of liturgy into Micah's worship services.

Teri Simon

TERI SIMON, MSSW (z'l) holds a B.A. in Cognitive Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education from Tulane University, and has a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. From 1993 through 1994, she served as the Public Policy Co-Chair of the Nashville Area Association for the Education of Young Children (NAAEYC), and chaired the Board of Directors of the Our Kids Center in 2000.

Teri has been an educator in Nashville's Jewish community since her arrival in 1984, teaching everything from pre-school music to Confirmation. As a volunteer educator at Congregation Micah, she has developed curricula for teaching Torah and the Ten Commandments to teenagers.

Teri has been writing stories and songs since she was six years old, and her story Shmuey Said, "Phooey!" has been featured in the Nashville Jewish community event, Shalom, Israel!. Always true to her backgrounds in cognitive psychology, elementary education, social work, and music, Teri strives not only to bring originality and fun to each experience her students engage in, but to foster deeper understanding of Torah and Jewish traditions.

Recognizing the need to include the younger congregants in the Friday evening Shabbat experience, Teri was inspired to write an original service, complete with new settings of liturgical songs, that would be accessible, engaging, and memorable. Enlisting the help of her long-time friend, collaborator, and Micah Kids Choir codirector, Lisa Silver, Kabbalat K'tan Shabbat was created.

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