Go Out In Joy was Beged Kefet’s second album. As with The First Album, it includes songs of Jewish worship, Jewish folk tunes, and a few American folk songs, all painted using the broad, expressive brush of the group’s seven voices. Each tune was arranged and copyrighted by the composer unless noted below. Go Out In Joy features the following songs:
Track 01: Yah Ribon Olam (words by Israel Najara, 16th century, music by Cantor Leon Sher)
Track 02: If I Had My Way (words and music by Reverend Gary Davis, published by Chandos Music, arranged by Cantor Riki Lippitz)
Track 03: When I Become Old (words and music by Rabbi Billy Dreskin)
Track 04: Makom Shelibi Oheyv (words from Mishna Sukkah 4:3, music by Cantor Leon Sher)
Track 05: Old Folks (words and music by Rabbi Billy Dreskin)
Track 06: Amen Shem Nora (words from Italian song for Simchat Torah, Psalm 150, music from Sephardic folk tradition, arranged by Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller after an arrangement by Matthew Lazar, available through HaZamir Publications, transcontinentalmusic.com)
Track 07: Sov’vuni (words by Yaakov Orland, music by Mordecai Zeira, arranged by Yehuda Engel)
Track 08: Zeh Dodi (words and music by Rabbi Billy Dreskin, commissioned for the wedding of Aviva Katzman and Morris Mauer)
Track 09: Man Come Into Egypt (words by Fran Minkoff, music by Fred Hellerman, published by Appleseed Music Inc, arranged by Cantor Riki Lippitz)
Track 10: Go Out In Joy (words from Isaiah 55:12, music by Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller)
Track 12: Lifeline (words by Beth Sher, music by Cantor Leon Sher)
From 1982 until 2009, Beged Kefet was a tzedakah‑based music performance group that appeared across North America and Israel. Its members included Rabbi Les Bronstein, Rabbi Billy Dreskin, Cantor Ellen Dreskin, Cantor Riki Lippitz, Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller, Beth Sher and Cantor Leon Sher. Beged Kefet made use of keyboard, guitar, flute, banjo, tof, and seven-person harmonies that would send audiences’ spirits soaring. Every dollar that Beged Kefet earned was donated to Myriam’s Dream, which was dedicated to furthering the vision of Myriam Mendilow, founder of Lifeline for the Old in Israel, who devoted her life to preserving human dignity and promoting understanding, tolerance and respect for all people.
Through concert performances and recording sales, Beged Kefet sought to awaken human hearts and minds to the uniqueness and value of every human being, and to raise funds to support programs which translated this ideal into action.
To those for whom we go out in joy, we lovingly dedicate this recording to you: John Schechter, Gabriel Jay Schechter, Liba Minna Schiller Bronstein, Yonatan Schiller Bronstein, Jessica Sher, Julie Sher, Katie Dreskin, Jonah Dreskin z”l and Aiden Dreskin. Our deepest thanks to all of you whose generosity has underwritten the cost of this project, and without whom our dream could not have become a reality. Your faith and your friendship continually inspire us. Special thanks go to Joy Gold for the time and effort spent in the design of the album inserts, to Skipp “millisecond” Tullen for his golden touch, and to the Religious School of Fairmount Temple, Beachwood, Ohio.
released December 1991
sound engineering by Skipp Tullen z”l (Tullen Sound Recording, Morristown NJ)