Music is described as the language of the soul.
Music is an important part of the TBE experience.
It elevates our meaningful moments, enlivens our celebrations, and provides comfort in times of sorrow.
For generations, our Temple Beth Elohim community has championed the value of music and song. This album is a snapshot in time, honoring many of our favorite musical settings sung by our congregation today. Throughout these tracks you will hear the intergenerational voices of our community including our TBE Youth Choir, TBE T’filah Band, TBE Adult Choir and more. Each song connects to the theme of the “voice,” be it the voice of justice, togetherness, praise, song, truth, or kindness. I invite you to listen to each individual’s voice on this album, and in turn, find a place for your voice to join with ours and to make it yours.
B’shira (In song),
Cantor Shanna Zell
TBE is blessed with talented musicians who inspire us time and time again.
Cantor Emerita Jodi Sufrin
Cantor Jodi Sufrin served as cantor at Temple Beth Elohim from her ordination in 1983 until she retired in 2020. As Cantor Emerita, she continues to be involved with the TBE community, leading classes and travel programs throughout the year.
Join us on Zoom to welcome Shabbat in song and prayer. Uplifting music, inspiring liturgy, and a short teaching. Friday nights have become a central “meeting” place for our community as each week hundreds of congregants have joined us on Zoom. Invite your friends and family—all are welcome!
Thank God It’s Shabbat
Once a month, join us for a celebratory hour-long TGIS service featuring upbeat music from our teen T’filah Band and teaching appropriate for all ages.
Cantor Zell orchestrates a prayer experience enhanced by violin, mandolin, percussion, and your voices.
Listen to TBE Music
Watch videos of TBE concerts and musical recordings from our clergy, adult choir, TBE Youth musical leaders, and more. From prayers to contemporary Jewish music, including songs written by members of our TBE musical community, you can experience our joyous music wherever you go!
Open to anyone who likes to sing! Get to know members of our temple community while performing a rich tapestry of music from our vast Jewish choral tradition. Participate in several services and programs throughout the year, including High Holy Day services.
Open to all students grades K-5. We aim to instill a love of singing and an appreciation of Jewish music, and to create a sense of community. Throughout the year, sing at Shabbat and holiday services. Perform a mitzvah singing for seniors in assisted living.
Bring comfort through song to congregants who are going through serious illness.
Havayah T’filah Band (Grades 8–12)
Come jam with us as we play Jewish music, mashup Jewish melodies with secular ones, and lead our community in Shabbat worship. Whether you play guitar, piano, sax, ukulele, drums, or sing, join us in making awesome music.
A drum circle is a centuries-old tradition. Noam Sender teaches accessible and captivating rhythms from around the world, enhanced with familiar chants and call and response melodies. Center yourself, relax, and have fun while building community and a beautiful, collective voice. No experience required. Drums supplied or bring your own.
Havayah: Songleading Workshop/Music Madrichim
Students in grades 9-12 deepen their repertoire and skills as songleaders while working as a madrich/a in our youth education programs. With Cantor Zell, they plan and lead the early and late session K–5 opening assemblies and teach K–2 music while receiving professional development and support. Join a dedicated and enthusiastic team ready to make Jewish music with our students!
A portion of our innovative programming is supported by The Kay Music Innovation Fund.