Thank you to Jake Smith for recording Come/Bar’chu. The words to the song appear below the informational text.
The music for Come/Bar’chu was composed by Chava Mirel. Mirel performed at the URJ Biennial where she was introduced as one of the “bright new lights in Jewish music.” Mirel is an internationally touring singer, guitarist, composer, recording artist, and activist. Performing in Folk, World Music, Jazz and other genres, she imbues her music with the universal themes of hope, caring, connection, inclusion, women’s and environmental issues. An award-winning Jewish music composer, her compositions have been included in compilations and songbooks throughout the Jewish world. In between her demanding schedule of recording, live performance and Synagogue residencies, Chava enjoys nature at home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and son; she is a member of URJ Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle, WA.
The words to Come/Bar’chu were written by poet Stacey Zisook Robinson. In her words: I tend to dive into what connects me to God, my community, my family and my doubt. I do a lot of searching, not as much finding. I’m good with that. I have learned, finally, to live comfortably in the gray. In the meantime, I wrestle with God, and my doubt and my joy. Robinson has had many posts published on Reform Judaism’s blog.
Come (Barchu) by Chava Mirel/Stacey Zisook Robinson
Come, come all of you,
Come all of us
And bless the one who blesses
Blessed is the blessed one,
Blessed is the giver of blessing,
Blessed in this moment now,
And every now to come
Bar’chu et Adonai ha-mevorach Bar-uch Adonai ha-mevorach le’olam va’ed