Music has been described as the language of the soul. It is the heart and soul of Temple Beth Elohim and we believe in its power to transcend our souls and unite our spirits. We are blessed to have talented musicians who inspire us time and time again. Cantor Jodi Sufrin, our Cantor for over 30 years, leads us in song, prayer, healing and rejoicing. She is joined by Cantor Shanna Zell who was ordained this past May at Hebrew Union College in New York. Cantor Zell is a gifted shaliach tzibur (prayer leader) and singer/songwriter. She chose the cantorate as a means to create a warm, uplifting community of song open to all seekers and lovers of Judaism.
Noah Aronson joins us for High Holy Days and several Shabbat services throughout the year. Several years ago, Noah composed a Shabbat Menuchah service for our community; many of those prayer melodies have become our standards. Noah has most recently composed a CD entitled The Left Hand Side of the Page a rich work that highlights the poetry of the left hand side of our Mishkan Tefillah prayerbook. Many of these compositions, too, have become our standards.
Our accompanist Victor Cayres, who was recently awarded a doctorate in piano performance, is an award-winning pianist.
In addition to these members of our professional staff, we are proud to nurture the talents of very fine musicians within our community. We have an excellent Adult Choir, a children's choir and a teenage choir. Under the direction of Cantor Zell and Ben Hoadley, we have assembled a remarkably talented group of teenage musicians who make up our Tefillah Band. They play for our TGIS services about once a month.
All affirm our love of music. Our services are filled with inspiring renditions of the prayers that draw from the past and present. Often, our congregants share their musical talents in Coffee Houses, Broadway revivals, folk concerts, drumming classes, to name just a few venues. Not only do we draw on our own talent, we also invite leading Jewish musicians to teach us and share their gifts.
B'nei Mitzvah Prayers (Audio Files)
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