From Cantor David Barash – January 1, 2018 from Ha-Kol

January 1st, 2018 by

A hearty thank you to the members of our Children’s choir who participated in a special Hanukkah program at the Sarah Chudnow campus on Sunday, December 17. Members of the choir include: Hazel Alpren, Yael Barolsky, Lucy Girton, Levi Lakric, Eli Levin, Elliot Lippman, Sam Lippman, Adelyne O’Connor, Evan Rapaport, Hayley Rapaport, Benjamin Raphael, Nathan Raphael, Hailee Redlin, Adam Reiher, Dominique Reiher, Ahlena Resnick, Will Resnick, Ellie Schwade and Chloe Wiede. The voices of the choir rang out sweet and loud, and all enjoyed seeing and hearing our temple youth accompanied by Ruben Piirainen on piano. A special thank you to our Junior conductors, Cailyn and Ashtyn Michael, for rehearsing with the choir and making them sound great, and to Lela Jacobsohn and Andrew Resnick for organizing all the rehearsals while I was on Sabbatical. Kol HaKavod!!

CALLING ALL ACTORS! Please join us in performing our own “The Megillah according to Walt Disney!” Purim Spiel on Wednesday evening, February 28. Our read-through for kids and adults will take place in the sanctuary on Thursday, January 4 at 6:30 pm. For further information, contact me and see the details below.

On Friday, January 5, at 2:00 pm, please come and participate in a Shabbat Sing, at Laurel Oaks, 1700 W. Bender Road, where I will sing Shabbat songs with the residents, accompanied by Dan Dance on piano. Additional Shabbat Sings will continue the first Friday of each month.

Also, please share your talent with us at our 4th Annual CEEBJ Variety Show scheduled for Sunday, January 28. All interested performers – please show off your stuff at the Demo Day on Sunday, January 7, at 11:30 am. Please see the back cover of Ha-Kol for more information.

On Friday, January 26, at 7:30 pm, we will celebrate Shabbat Shira – A Shabbat in Song. This Shabbat is so named from the weekly Torah portion, B’shalah. Within this Torah portion, we read of the exodus from Egypt, Yitziat Mitzrayim, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the subsequent outpouring of gratitude which took place as Moses, Miriam and the children of Israel sang praises to God! This “Song of the Sea,” or Shirat HaYam, is chanted in a very majestic tune and truly captures the meaning of the words.

During this service, the Adult Choir will lead us in prayer. We will sing a number of old favorites as well as contemporary settings, including a number of compositions from last year’s Shabbat Shira service by composer Chris Tackett. Margaret Luck will also chant these majestic verses of praise from the Torah, so that you can witness their beauty and power. We look forward to your participation in this service!

Wishing you a happy and healthy secular New Year,
Cantor David Barash


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