Jewish Music and Art
Beth Sholom expresses its love of Judaism through music. There are many musical venues to this end. Beth Sholom has several choirs comprised of children and adults from third grade to adult. The choirs sing at services and choral concerts, both locally and internationally. Jay Danzig has been appointed the new music director at Beth Sholom, and conducts the Shira L'Sholom and Children's choirs.
Beth Sholom also mounts a broadway style show each year. The cast is open to children and adults from the Kehilla of Old York Road and regional high schools and even churches. A Hazzanut class teaches children to lead the Torah service and is the most cmprehensive program in the area. Beth Sholom produces a major music festival each year with choirs and professional orchestras. The Zimryah are often highlighted with famous performers, such as Theodore Bikel narrating the cantata “Dori”. The Beth Sholom Neshama Band plays at services Friday night and special events.
The Shira L'Sholom Group
Shira L'Sholom was a fun, small group venture in Jewish music-making, for adult singers of all backgrounds and voices. Our focus was on contemporary Jewish songs -- especially with a Zionist bent -- and on serving our community by sharing our music with others. This group has been replaced by a new Adult Chorale.
See the premier performance of the Beth Sholom Troupe (Renamed "Shira L' Sholom)
See the premier performance of the Shira L'Sholom group
The Adult Chorale has been re-formed under the direction of Hazzan Weber. It is for adult singers of all
backgrounds and voices and currently meets Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm. This summer we are rehearsing several pieces to accompany cantor Weber during the High Holiday Services.
The Children's Choir is a fun music experience for kids in 2nd-6th grades. It will be led by our own cantor Weber. Meeting times have yet to be determined. We will learn and love Jewish music and perform throughout the year. No background required! Bring your friends and join the fun. Parents must have a key fob to enter the building. Fill out the Key Fob paperwork in the office.
Questions? Contact Julie Glass 215-887-1342 ext. 216
The Men's Choir is comprised of about 15 men who enjoy singing Jewish and choral music in an all-male ensemble. This choir performs at Shabbat morning services when the New Moon is blessed, and appears at concerts throughout the community. This versatile choir has performed Musaf for the High Holidays and has sung “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” for the Camden Riversharks at Campbell Field. The choir has toured Eastern Europe singing at synagogues to show the vibrancy of Judaism in America. This year the choir went on a mission to Cuba. The choir this year will meet as announced under the direction of Hazzan Emeritus David Tilman. Members of the Men's Choir have also been incorporated into the Adult Chorale, led by Cantor Weber.
The Hazzanut Program teaches children to lead the Shabbat Torah Service and the Shaharit/Morning service in preparation for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah and beyond. Our program is the most comprehensive of those offered by Conservative congregations in this area. Post-Bar/Bat Mitzvah students are frequently invited to lead Shabbat services.
Torah Reading Program
The Torah Reading Program teaches the skills to read Torah at the Bar/Bat Mitzvah observances and throughout their adult lives. Torah reading skills are taught in the Gimel and Dalet Classes of our Religious School.
Annual Broadway-Style Show
These extremely popular, full-scale musical production are open to members in the sixth grade and older. More than 100 talented people perform on stage, in the orchestra, or assist behind the scenes. Previous shows include Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, Bye-Bye Birdie, Damn Yankees, Oliver, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, and many others. For further information on the AJ & Beth Sholom Players click here.
For further info see Beth Sholom Players
The annual Music Festival unites all of our choirs with a professional orchestra in celebration of Jewish music. Recent Zimriyot featured internationally known actor and director Leonard Nimoy, Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz, Israeli singer Shuly Nathan, and the Work of the Weavers.
The Beth Sholom Neshama Band is comprised of musically inclined Beth Sholom congregants who perform frequently at “Come as you are “ Kabbalat Shabbat Friday early services and special functions such as Sisterhood and Men’s Club meetings. The band is now comprised with guitarists, keyboardist and percussionist. New members are welcome.