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Song List for the Shabbat with Friends Gathering with Alan and Diane Chodorow


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Background on the Song

Sandia Nign


Based on Klezmer Institute Data Base of a 1913 Recording in Ukraine. By reintroducing it in New Mexico, we have renamed it the Sandia Nigun.

Shevet Achim Nign

"Sheves Achim Nigun - (Wordless Melody)" (2016) by Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble - YouTube


A nigun composed by Joey Weisenberg.

Mozi’s Nigun with the SWF Singing Core.

(3) mozi's nigun - Bing video


This nigun composed by Joey Weisenberg which also can serve as a melody for the Kabbalistic prayer, “Ana Ba’cho’ah”, of Kabbalat Shabbat.

Gowanus Nign

Gowanus Nigun | Joey Weisenberg (

A nigun composed by Joey Weisenberg while walking on the banks of the Gowanus River in Brooklyn.

Od Yeshama

▶︎ Od Yishama | Joey Weisenberg & The Hadar Ensemble | Joey Weisenberg (

Words spoken by the prophet, Jeremiah. The melody is a bit newer and composed by Joey Weisenberg. This beloved wedding song (with its many versions) is the one most ofter sung when couples are lifted up in chairs.

Diane Chodorow’s Sim Shalom

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Song sheet

The song comes from the end of the Shabbat morning Amidah. It petitions God for peace for the Jewish people and (in newer versions) for the whole world.


L'eila (Kaddish) - Joey Weisenberg - YouTube

Song Sheet

A new song with a beautiful interpretation of a section of the Kaddish.


Havdallah ritual p. 119-210

Bencher 118-126

Havdallah in Hebrew means to differentiate. It marks the symbolic ending of the Sabbath day. The actual end of Shabbat occurs when one recites a special blessing in the liturgy of the evening service proclaiming the end of the Sabbath. Havdallah has many commentaries and interpretations. One of the best commentaries is in Larry Hoffman’s My Jewish Prayerbook series with Jewish Lights Press.

Hineh El Yeshuati 118

Bencher 118

Introductory paragraph to Havdallah.

Eliyahu Hanavi

Bencher 121

A longstanding Jewish custom is to sing Elijah the Prophet as part of the Havdallah ritual. This expresses a hope that the Messiah will come in the upcoming week. Elijah is a personification of hope in Jewish tradition and has a prominent symbolic presence at Brit Milah (ritual circumcision), the Passover Seder (The Cup of Elijah), among others rituals and occasions.

Hamavdil ben Hodesh lchol

Lichvod Hemdat Levavi 122

Bencher 122

Another beloved melody associated with Havdallah.

LaNer Uvsamim


Song Sheet

A Havdallah melody from the Yemenite Jewish tradition. To see it done in a Yemenite household, click on the link with Ofra Haza, the late Israeli singer, who was filmed singing it with her Yemenite family in Israel.

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