I grew up singing Carlebach melodies for Kabbalat Shabbat at camp Ramah and my Conservative synagogue, and always assumed that those were the standard traditional melodies. I didn’t learn until later that those melodies were composed by Rabbi Carlebach, and about the sexual assault allegations against him.
In light of the #metoo movement, I was wondering about the appropriateness of continuing to use the Carlebach nusach in services. It is wrong to promote the work of an abuser, but the lasting legacy that Carlebach had on modern Judaism cannot be overlooked.
I’m open to hearing different perspectives on this issue, and also suggestions for alternate tunes. Thanks and Shabbat Shalom!
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