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October 10, 1986 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-10-10

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Brad Hyman and Brant Tilds rehearse at Temple Israel.

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Teens 'Instrumental'
In Holy Day Services

JENNIFER GUBKIN

Jewish News Intern

T

oday's Jewish youth
will be the leaders of
tomorrow's Jewish
community. It is sometimes
scary to think of the MTV
generation as our future.
There are kids, however, who
use their musical talent to
benefit the community. Two
such teens are Brant Tilds
and Brad Hyman.
Sixteen-year-old Brant
Tilds considers himself an
irregular member" of Temple
Israel. When he is at temple,
it is usually as a photo-
grapher for Leo Knight. This
year, however, Brant is
actively participating in High

"Religious
composers are
inspired to write
to the best of their
ability."

Holy Day services, blowing
the shofar for the congrega-
tion.
Brant has played the
trumpet for six years. He is
currently first trumpet in the
Southfield-Lathrup band.
Next year he will study
music at Interlochen.
How exactly did a 16
year-old-get to participate in
the High Holy Day services?
Last December at Brant's
brother's bar mitzvah, Cantor
Harold Orbach asked Brant
how his trumpet playing was
going. Brant answered, "Fine,
but no one wants to hire a
fifteen year old." Cantor Or-
bach said he had a "gig" for
Brant and gave him a shofar
to practice on.
Brant didn't have any spe-

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cial lessons to learn how to
play the shofar. "It's basically
the same as trumpet — like
playing the trumpet without
a mouthpiece," he says.
Brant enjoys playing reli-
gious music. He feels that
"religious composers are in-
spired by God to write to the
best of their ability, so the
music is pretty good."

Another teen to benefit
from Cantor Orbach's
encouragement is 13-year-old
Brad Hyman. Brad will use
his singing talent during the
High Holy Days. At age 11,
his musical talent was dis-
covered by Sunday school
teacher Rita Abramson. She
asked him to sing the kid-
dush at the teachers' service.
Cantor Orbach has kept Brad
singing, and he is now the
junior cantor at Temple Is-
rael.
Brad practices an average
of one hour a day. There are
180 songs he must know by
heart. He plans to major in
music in college, and then
take four years of cantorial
study, one of which must be
in Israel.
Brad feels music is an in-
tegral part of Judaism. He
explains that much of the
Torah was passed down by
song.
"Song is very important to
Judaism and teaching," he
says. "People can have a good
time and the point still comes
across."
He speaks from experience.
Every week Brad, along with
his friend Danny Philips, vis-
its Temple Israel Sunday
school classes, where they
teach Jewish traditional and
folk songs.
Sharing their musical ta-
lent, Brant and Brad are giv-
ing to the Jewish community.
More importantly, they are
assuming the responsibility
of preserving and passing on
Jewish tradition.

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