Music & Prayer                                         

Shabbat Shira, Friday, January 30, 8 pm

This year, we are highlighting instrumentalists in the congregation who formed a small orchestra, called “Tizmoret Tikvah”, and they will accompany the choir. The drash will highlight the history of musical instruments in Shabbat observances.  We hope you’ll join us for this musical Shabbat!

What is 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 on Friday, January 30.  Attending any of the rehearsals does not require a commitment to Shabbat Shira, but we will be looking to create an ensemble for that event.  Even if you haven’t played for a long time, dust off the tuba, shine up your cello, flugelhorn, or whatever you’ve got.  See the Shabbat Shira rehearsal schedule below.

Shabbat Shira Rehearsals, all in the Shir Tikvah Sanctuary unless otherwise noted:

Sunday, December 7  Noon-1:15 p.m. Tizmoret Rehearsal

Sunday, January 4 Noon-1:00 p.m. Tizmoret Rehearsal

Sunday, January 11 7:00-9:00 Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, January 15 7:00-9:00 Choir Rehearsal

Sunday, January 18 7:00-9:00 Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, January 22 7:00-9:00 Choir & Tizmoret Rehearsal 

Sunday, January 25 6:30-9:00 Choir & Tizmoret Rehearsal 

Thursday, January 29 7:00-9:00 Choir & Tizmoret Rehearsal

Friday, January 30 8:00 p.m. Shabbat Shira Service

Looking for a gift for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Wedding? Conversion? New Baby?

Check out these links on 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!

Shabbat Songs--under construction

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.

Other Great Jewish Music

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