Temple Sinai Bunzl Family Cantorial Chair Beth Schafer is recording an album of Jewish music to celebrate her 50th birthday, but she needs help.
She embarked on a Kickstarter campaign for her first album since 2009. Schafer, who has worked at Temple Sinai since 2015, needs to reach her goal of $23,000 by Feb. 26 to be funded. As of Jan. 29, she had raised $13,008.
“Renewed. That is how I feel after a long journey of divorce, depression and lots of questioning,” Schafer writes on her Kickstarter campaign. “I turned 50 this week and am writing a profoundly new chapter in my life. The road that got me here was not easy — so many times I could not see a light at the end of the tunnel. I am so grateful to the people who kept me moving forward and who patiently awaited my return, who saw in me what I could not see in myself, who said the music would come back.”
The first track on the album is “Hayashan Yitchadesh,” written in honor of the 50th anniversary of Temple Sinai. Schafer says the rest of the songs were inspired “both by liturgy and life.”
To contribute, visit bethschafer.com/renewed.