Noah Aronson, Student Rabbi
ago, a young jazz student from the
Berklee School of Music found work at Temple Beth Elohim as a part-time
music teacher. And thus began a
wonderful relationship between Noah Aronson and our community.
guidance of Cantor Jodi Sufrin, Noah was encouraged to attend the Hava Nashira
Songleaders Workshop. It was at Hava
Nashira that Noah first met Craig Taubman, whose dynamic music and moving
performance style inspired Noah to pursue the musical direction that he follows
today. The influence of family is also
strong: as the son of New Jersey Cantor Theodore Aronson, Noah has chosen “to
follow a similar path and devote his life to making his music accessible and
tangible for Jewish audiences.”1
Since his days as a part-time teacher,
Noah has grown in both musicianship and connection to the TBE community. A few years ago, Cantor Sufrin asked Noah to
compose a service for TBE and with her guidance; he created the service we now
celebrate as “Shabbat Menucha” – A Restful Shabbat. Visitors often remark about Beth Elohim
Shabbat services; the unique melodies are a hallmark of our services.
Noah Aronson leads
the community during
Consecration Service of new TBE Sanctuary
December 19, 2010
As well as returning to TBE as Artist in
Residence, Noah has released a new album of Jewish synagogue music. “Am I Awake” is his musical dialogue, his
effort at creating a personal connection with God, with Judaism. Noah shares “I believe that when a person
comes to a synagogue to pray it is the clergy’s job (and my job as a ‘prayer
leader’) to give them space to process: Are you ready? Are you open to
meditate? Are you open to letting go? Are you coming in with all of the baggage
from the week or are you open to being truly present? Am I Awake is a reminder to be
mindful. I infuse that melody at
different points of the service.
Hopefully it serves as a sort of checkpoint to remind people to be
We are blessed
to have Noah with us as Artist in Residence this year. His passion for Jewish music and his
commitment to our community promise to enrich each TGIS service and every small
group he leads. We hope you hear Noah’s
latest release Am I Awake.
We hope you will join us for every TGIS service and lend your voice to
the new melodies that will arise this year.
And if this is your first time to pray in a service where Noah leads, we
hope you take a moment to listen, open up and enter into a place of being truly
1 Erika Davis, “Son of a Cantor Man: Noah
a-cantor-man-noah-aronson (accessed July 7, 2011).