Detroit Chanukah Memories

November 29, 2021

Highlights of Chanukah memories from across the Detroit Jewish community and through generations are featured in a new music video from Reboot in celebration of their new Chanukah record A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Record. In the video, Lockwood is playing the album track “Ritual.”

This is a love letter to the Jewish Community of Detroit, celebrating the moments of togetherness that the holiday of Chanukah has fostered over the years,
David Katznelson Reboot CEO

The video includes photos courtesy of Jewish Senior Life (JSL), Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives, Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives of Temple Beth EL, the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit and Congregation Shaarey Zedek.

“This is a love letter to the Jewish Community of Detroit, celebrating the moments of togetherness that the holiday of Chanukah has fostered over the years,” said Reboot CEO David Katznelson. “Jeremiah’s meditations combined with the beautiful images hits on a warm sentimentality that is so needed after a few years of not being able to light candles together.”

The new album is a beautiful solo guitar tribute to the holiday that is sure to become a standard in holiday lexicon. With heartfelt appreciation of the 1968 classic The New Possibility: John Fahey’s Guitar Soli Christmas Record, Lockwood has sweetly crafted eight songs, one for each night of Chanukah, to celebrate the dancing candlelight with his new, blues-inspired takes on the most beloved melodies of the holiday’s canon. From the prayers for lighting the candles to the kids’ songs that are sung around the burning menorah, Lockwood paints the light through the darkness with his instrumental creations.

Learn more about the album here.

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Jeremiah Lockwood

Musician

Jeremiah Lockwood is a scholar and a storyteller; a singer, guitarist and composer with an expansive knowledge of musical traditions and techniques that stretch from the Piedmont blues to the cantorial synagogues of his youth. His work engages with issues arising from peering into the archive and imagining the power of “lost” forms of expression to articulate keenly felt needs in the present. As noted above, his music career began with over a decade of apprenticeship to Carolina Slim, playing in the subways of New York City, and he also trained under his grandfather Cantor Jacob Konigsberg. Lockwood’s band, the Sway Machinery, seeks inspiration from diverse realms of experience related to the cultural geography of New York City. Lockwood received his PhD from the Stanford University Graduate School of Education Concentration in Jewish Studies in 2021.