Written and performed by original Brandeis-Bardin Music Director, Max Helfman, this melody for the Havdalah service has been sung every summer Saturday night for the last 60 plus years. Every Alonimer remembers coming together as a community standing in concentric circles under the twinkling starts in the sky. Helfman wrote this melody especially for the Alonim and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute (now Brandeis-Bardin Campus of American Jewish University) so that every Jew who came to camp, regardless of their level of Jewish observance at home, would be on equal footing when learning this melody and practicing Judaism at Alonim.
This recording of Rad HaYom was created in the 1970s at Alonim. Rad Hayom has served as Camp Alonim’s beloved Lullaby for generations.
Rad HaYom, Shemesh Dom, Kochavim Notzitzim Bamarom
Laila Ba, Baleil m’nucha, Shalom, Shalom, Shalom
Day is ended, the sun has set, stars sparkle in the heavens. Night comes, a night of rest and peace.