To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Alfred & Adele Davis Academy, Atlanta’s Reform Jewish Day School, has produced Be a Blessing, a 13-song collection of original Jewish music. Be a Blessing also includes 16-page color booklet, which features original student artwork created exclusively for the album.
Rabbi Micah Lapidus, Davis’s Director of Jewish and Hebrew Studies, says music has become a way for him to respond to the incredible experiences that come with serving as a rabbi at the school.Rabbi Lapidus says,
The name Be a Blessing speaks to one of The Davis Academy’s overarching goals. God commanded our ancestors, Abraham and Sarah: “V’heyeh bracha” (“Be a Blessing”). At Davis our teaching and learning, working and playing, praying and acting, all focus on helping children figure out how they can be a blessing in all that they do. We have been pursuing this goal for 20 years and are currently celebrating our 20th anniversary with our many alumni, community friends and supporters, as well as current students and families.
Community is at the heart of The Davis Academy. At the end of the song you will hear our entire community singing the words, “Kol Yisrael areivin zeh l’zeh” (“All Israel is responsible for one another”). At Davis, the vision that starts with each individual child extends to include the entire Jewish community, and the whole world.
You can read more from Rabbi Lapidus about what went into producing this album in this full piece from him on the creation of the beautiful song “Kol Yisrael.” Check out the video below, featuring 1,000 Davis Academy students, staff, parents, and grandparents celebrating in song, dance, and joy.