Invitation to Piyut North America screenshotIn partnership with Invitation to Piyut in Israel, we organized the Invitation to Piyut – North America retreat in November 2010.

For four days at the Pearlstone Retreat and Conference Center near Baltimore, Md., 80 rabbis, cantors, synagogue musicians, and educators from the United States, Canada, and Israel, including eight MTM Rabbinic Fellows, two of our cantorial interns, and seven leaders from our Israeli partners Beit Tefillah and Nigun Halev, we explored piyutim (liturgical poems) from all over the world and discussed issues related to prayer and the leading of prayer.

We are excited to introduce new piyutim at BJ in the spirit of challenging ourselves to deeper and more meaningful prayer, and invite you to listen to them. Study at home with piyutim and readings for listening and printing.

To learn more about the history and source of  each piyut, its lyrics in translation and transliteration, and about the singers, musicians, and production on these recordings select a piyut from the main menu on the left.  Or click on an audio link below to simply listen to any of these soulful prayers.