Our “Song of Service” contest has concluded. Daniel Mendelson, a performer and filmmaker was announced as the winner at the JCCs of North America Biennial in May, for his moving composition setting the Prayer for the United States Armed Forces, found in the new edition of the JWB Siddur, to music.
Mendelson, a cantor at Congregation B’nai Sholom-Beth David in Rockville Centre, New York, has performed throughout the United States and Europe, including singing the national anthem at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“Song of Service” was conceived as a way to celebrate the 100 years that JWB Jewish Chaplains Council (JWB) has been serving the Jewish men and women who serve in the United States armed forces. JWB solicited entries to this competition from cantors, musicians, chaplains and others to create “A Song of Service,” an original cantorial work based on the Prayer for the United States Armed Forces that appears in the new edition of the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council Siddur. They were judged by a national panel of cantors and Jewish military chaplains who represented the three major Jewish movements in North America.
The winning selection, which reflects the pride and glory of our country, will uplift Jews across our nation when it becomes the official Jewish prayer for U.S. armed forces. We are offering it to all synagogues affiliated with the Rabbinical Council of America, Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Rabbinical Assembly as the official prayer for our armed forces, and we hope that this Veterans Day weekend (Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11), Jews of all denominations will join together in song as they congregate for Shabbat or other Veterans Day programming and join in song to honor the men and women—past and present— who have served and continue to serve the United States of America.
Listen to Daniel Mendelson’s moving composition here.
The sheet music is available to download here.