BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Rabbi David Greenberg of Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford knows music has the capacity to touch people's hearts and souls. Which is why, when he thought about his congregation and the many folks dealing with Alzheimer's and dementia, he had the idea to create a helping, healing CD.
"I'm pretty product-driven," he said.
Though the temple has produced musical CDs before, this one, entitled "Jewish Music To Soothe The Soul," is the first that grew out of an attempt to provide something that would be soothing and inspiring.
"The plan was -- and still is -- to give this CD to nursing homes and hospitals and to people who are in need of some kind of comfort and inner peace, something calming," he explained.
Profits will go to the Alzheimer's Association.
The CD, which includes the congregation's Musical Director Mary Jane Newman, Soloist Kristin Goodkin and Guitarist/Songwriter Kenny Green, was a year in the making and draws upon Jewish passages that deal with the yearning for healing and tranquility. The songs are accompanied by a short narrative written by Rabbi Greenberg.
In the short time it's been made available, Rabbi Greenberg soon realized the audience went way beyond its originally intended group. "The music really speaks to people of all ages who are seeking a measure of inner peace, tranquility and hope as they confront the challenges of their lives," he said.