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Music at Temple Shalom

Music is an integral part of our congregational life here at Temple Shalom. Music brings us together in worship, in celebration, in times of grief and mourning and in times of hope and healing. Music is a wonderful expression of our Jewish culture.

We embrace both Jewish tradition and innovation–transporting, elevating and inspiring us beyond the power of words alone.

We are blessed to have so many talented musicians and music professionals among the congregation at Temple Shalom.

  • Our Shabbat Halleilu Band, made up of both excellent congregational volunteers and professional musicians, uplifts our spirits at monthly Friday evening services and other joyous occasions throughout the year.
  • Shir Shalom, our Adult Choir, is an ensemble of volunteer musicians from our congregation, led by Music Director, David Carrier.

Temple Shalom’s Music Committee works with Cantor Shafritz to enhance the role of music in our worship and congregational life. With support from the Temple Concert Fund, the Music Committee plans music programs and concerts, often in collaboration with other committees at the Temple. The Music Committee released Temple Shalom’s first congregational CD, "Temple Shalom Sings: A Celebration of Shabbat."

For more information, contact Music Committee Chair Lilian Sober Ain.

Rabbi Laura Abrasley, Rabbi Allison Berry, Cantor Shafritz and the Music Committee invite you to participate in Temple Shalom’s rich musical tradition, whether by singing, chanting, clapping your hands or through active listening. We’d also love to know what kind of music you would like to hear.

                Past events

Matt Savage Groove Experiment goes live
May 5, 2019

Matt Savage, who leads our Shabbat Halleilu band, played with his sextet in this special concert celebrating the release of his new jazz fusion CD, Splash Variations.

Spike Kraus sings out for Temple Shalom 
June 2, 2018
Singer/songwriter/song leader Jacob "Spike" Kraus of New York returns to the Boston area from New York for this special night of music in a coffeehouse setting.

Shir Shalom sings at Project Manna concert
     March 20, 2018 at Temple Emanuel
Temple Shalom's Shir Shalom choir sings at the 29th annual Project Manna concert in a joyous celebration of gospel and Jewish music benefitting the Boston Food Pantry.

Rabbi Jeff Summit speaks on Jews of Uganda, coffee
     Feb. 11, 2018
Grammy nominee Rabbi Jeff Summit will offer an engaging and lively talk on the Jews of Abayudaya, Uganda and the relationships they forged with their Muslim and Christian neighbors to expand a coffee business. Summit was nominated for the Best World Music Album for "Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda."

Koleinu chorus bring the music
     Dec. 17, 2017
Koleinu, Boston's Jewish Community Chorus, presents "Warming Light," a concert featuring Shabbat and Chanukah songs. Our own Cantor Peter Halpern will be the featured soloist. The 75-member chorus performs a wide range of sacred, secular, traditional, and contemporary Jewish choral works.

Temple is alive with “Sounds of Music”
     Jan. 8, 2017
     "Sounds of Music" was an exciting program of Broadway, comedy, Yiddish and light opera starring Cantor Peter Halpern and Kim Leeds, our magnificent professional soprano who sings during the High Holy Days and with Shir Shalom.

Matt Savage Trio: celebrating 15 years
 29, 2017
    Pianist extraordinaire Matt Savage celebrated his 15th anniversary concert here. Matt is the incredibly talented pianist/composer in the Shabbat Halleilu Band.

Noah Aronson Coffee House
   May 28, 2016
     Noah Aronson and friends returned for a relaxing evening starting with Havdalah.

Hankus Netsky, Eden MacAdam-Somer and Hebrew National Salvage Project
   May 1, 2016

     This program, “Lost and Found Jewish Musical Treasures,” featured Hasidic melodies, gems from the Yiddish theatre, klezmer dance tunes and Yiddish folk songs with Hankus Netsky of Klezmer Conservatory Band fame.

Shir Shalom singing at 27th Annual Project Manna Concert
   April 12, 2016
   A night of joyful sounds of church and synagogue choirs.

David Buchbinder plays with the Shabbat Halleilu Band
   March 4, 2016

     JUNO award winner David Buchbinder played at the Temple.

Shabbat Shira Service Featuring the Music of Cantor Peter Halpern with Shir Shalom
   Jan. 22, 2016
     We sing our Shabbat prayer melodies but do we know which ones were composed by Cantor Halpern? The service featured familiar melodies with Shir Shalom and new melodies.

A Concert of Jewish Music on the Theme of Light 
Cantor Peter Halpern sings in the Ruth 
and Carl J. Rotunda and Colonnade at the Museum of Fine Arts with pianist Victor Cayres       

   Dec. 9, 2015
     Cantor Halpern shared favorite Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino songs in this creative Songs of Light program at the Museum of Fine Arts as part of “8 Nights, 8 Windows.” Cantor Halpern sang three performances of 20 minutes each.

The Zamir Chorale of Boston Presents Divine Majesty: 
A Glorious Revival of 19th Century Synagogue Music

    Nov. 17, 2015
     The world-renowned Zamir Chorale of Boston with soloist Cantor Peter Halpern presented some of the most glorious synagogue music ever written. Conducted by Zamir's Joshua Jacobson, the concert featured music for the Torah service (taking out the scrolls) by three 19th century luminaries: Salomon Sulzer, Louis Lewandowski and Samuel Naumbourg. Watch the recorded concert here.

Israeli Superstar Ehud Banai Performs Here at Temple Shalom
   Oct. 15, 2015

     Ehud Banai has been one of the most important and popular singer/songwriters in Israel since 1986. The sold-out show was Banai's first Boston appearance since 2006. Banai performed unplugged with percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Eran Porat.

Cantors and Choirs: An Interfaith Concert (Newton Arts Festival)
   May 17, 2015
     Choirs from nine Newton congregations and  Zamir Chorale of Boston sang at our very own Temple Shalom for an interfaith concert. More than 100 singers shared the most exquisite and diverse music ranging from gospel to traditional cantorial music.

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