on Thursday, 06 December 2012.
One of the most powerful experiences of my Jewish childhood was that of singing in the children's choirs at Temple de Hirsch-Sinai. From 6th grade on, members of the Junior Choir came to Temple every Shabbat morning at 8:45 am to rehearse for and sing at the 10:30 am Shabbat morning services. By 7th grade, my friends and I knew the Union Prayerbook by heart, had heard countless sermons, and were able to rate the each of that year's bar mitzvahs and their attendant onegs.
The effect of singing Jewish music together for all those years was profound. Today, my choir friends are still singing in synagogue choirs, serve on synagogue boards, or are Jewish professionals. The songs we sing open our hearts and fill our souls.
Do you love to sing? Has it been a while since you've sung in a Jewish choir? If so, I'd like to invite you to join the Shabbat Choir. Chris Tackett—one of the most talented musicians I've ever known—conducts the choir; rehearsals are every Thursday from 7-8:30 pm. The choir sings at Shabbat services once or twice each month, and is learning some fantastic new music this winter. We would especially welcome sopranos an altos at this time. No audition is required; call me at 327-4501 if you have questions.
Speaking of choirs, I am filled with appreciation for the Teen Choir--Annika Anderson, Josh Arden, Isabella Brody, Michael Gibson, Yukari Iventosch, Sarah Jones, Emily Jones, Sammy Leonard, Rachel Levy, Eva Turner, and Miriam Zveitel, who rehearse every Sunday afternoon, and who will knock your socks off at the Greatest Hanukkah on Earth! XIV. See you there!