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Calling all Torah chanters!  Get your High Holy Day Torah readings here!  First come, first served, so respond quickly!  Wendy is available to help, coach, practice, and will send text and recordings for all of these readings.

High Holy Day Torah readings this year:

Monday, September 14  - Rosh Hashanah morning. 

Torah: We’ll be chanting from Genesis Chapter 22:  These readings are all filled.

 Wednesday, September 23 - Yom Kippur Morning

Torah: We’ll be chanting the story of Cain and Abel (new this year!) You need to be able to chant or learn High Holy Day trope. 

Haftarah:  We need people to chant in Hebrew and read/chant in English.  Dramatic flair preferred.  We also need someone to chant the Haftarah blessings, which are different on Yom Kippur.

Wednesday, September 23 - 3:15 p.m. Mincha/Afternoon service

Torah: NEW THIS YEAR: We’ll be chanting the end of Genesis, when Jacob charges his children to forgive and make up, to not hold grudges.  This is in regular Torah trope:  perfect for recent B’nei Mitzvah, or those who want to focus on regular Torah trope. 

Haftarah:  We’ll chant the story of Jonah.  We need people to chant in Hebrew and read/chant in English.  Dramatic flair preferred. We also need someone to chant the Haftarah blessings, which are different on Yom Kippur.

Contact Wendy

HHD Choir Rehearsal Dates

Rehearsal        Thursday, August 13                 6:30--9:00 p.m.   ST

Rehearsal        Sunday, August 16                    6:30--9:00 p.m.   ST

Rehearsal        Thursday, August 20                  6:30--9:00 p.m.   ST

Rehearsal        Sunday, August 23,                   6:30-9:00 p.m.   ST

Rehearsal        Thursday, August 27                  6:30-9:00 p.m.   ST

Rehearsal        Sunday, August 30                  6:30-9:00 p.m.   ST

Rehearsal        Thursday, September 3              6:30-9:00 p.m.   ST

Slichot Saturday, September 5 7:00-9:00

Rehearsal        Thursday, September 10            6:30-9:00 p.m.   First U

Erev R.H.        Sunday, September 13               8:00 p.m.            First U (Choir not singing)

R.H.                Monday, September 14              10:30 a.m.           First U

Rehearsal        Thursday, September 17            6:30-8:30 p.m.     ST

Rehearsal        Sunday, September 20               6:30-9:00 p.m.     First U

Kol Nidre         Tuesday, September 22             7:00 p,  8:00 p.m. service  First U

Yom Kippur     Wednesday, September 23        9:00 a.m. call 10:30 a.m. service First U

                                                                              3:00 p.m. call   3:30 p.m. service  First U

Shabbat Shira

Shabbat Shira is the name given to the Shabbat when the “Song of the Sea” (Shirat Ha-Yam) is read from the Torah.  This is the poem Moses and the Israelites sing when they’ve crossed the sea, and the sea crashes down on the Egyptians.  The Song of the Sea includes Mi Chamocha and a few other famous verses.  Miriam’s Song (made famous by Debbie Friedman, z”l), comes from the narrative right after the song, and the story of Deborah helping Barak defeat Sisera is the Haftarah of Parashat B’shalach.  Congregations around the world celebrate this Shabbat of freedom with a celebration of music, a sermon in song, special musical presentations. 

Torah Reading

We love having congregants chant Torah!  Come one, come all!  Plenty of readings to go around, but we need you!!!  Already chanted before?  Sign up again!  Parent of a teenager?  Encourage them to sign up!  THANK YOU! Please let Wendy know if you’d like to chant Torah, on the Shabbat dates listed below.  Help with text and recordings is available as needed.  THANK YOU!!!!

The Shir Tikvah Choir

Shir Tikvah is a musical congregation, blending harmonies at services, and has an active choir. 

Shir Tikvah Choir, under the direction of Marlys Fiterman, sings for the High Holy Days and for Shabbat Shira. We sing from a varied repertoire from early composers such as Lewandowski and Janowski, to modern composers such as Finkelstein and Maseng. To volunteer for the choir, please contact our Director of Spiritual Engagement, Wendy Goldberg.

“Tizmoret Tikvah”!  Shir Tikvah's instrumental ensemble, which will play at Shabbat Shira.

Looking for a gift for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Wedding? Conversion? New Baby?
Check out these links to great music.  Much of it can be found in (small business).  All of these can be found in iTunes (listed by category). Sample the music and purchase what you'd like. You can load the music on your computer, your mobile devices, or burn on a CD. Enjoy!

Tot Shabbat Songs (and fun for adults, too!)

Chanukah Songs

Passover Songs--under construction

Songs Devoted to Social Justice--under construction

Songs of Gratitude and Praise--under construction

Songs for Transitions in Life--under construction

Wedding Songs:  Note:  These are "traditional" wedding songs, not changed for gender.  These are the best renditions we could find to give you a sampling, but not necessary in the tempo and cadence you'd want for a wedding.  Wendy is very happy to play through this WITH you, sample them in person, talk about the texts, change wording for gender, etc.

 Great Jewish Music--we sing a lot of this at Shir Tikvah!

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