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Our Song (Music at Shir Hadash)


“Get into the habit of singing a tune—
It will give you new life and fill you with joy.”
—Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

Congregation Shir Hadash is a community that loves music. Our members love to sing, and our services include music reflecting a wide range of composers and musical styles appropriate to each service.

Music Education

We offer multiple ways to become familiar with the songs we love.  For example:

  • Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy will set a time to teach new members some of Shir Hadash’s favorite songs.
  • CDs are given to our Hebrew school and B’nai Mitzvah students with some of the liturgical music selections of a typical Friday night or Saturday morning service.
  • The Cantor will, on request, make extra CDs to help one feel more comfortable at services.
  • We offer occasional classes such as a class on Cantillation (how to chant Torah, Haftarah or even Megillat Esther) as well as courses on synagogue music.

Religious School Music

We believe strongly in including music as a part of our curriculum at Congregation Shir Hadash. 

Our children learn the songs that:

  • relate to the curriculum they are learning in class
  • are popular songs in the Reform movement
  • will help them be comfortable participating in services.

Each class has music 10 to 12 times over the course of the school year on Sunday mornings, including Sunday T’fila (prayer) for grades K-3 and weekday T’fila for Hebrew School student

Adult Choir

We have a very active adult choir that sings on the third Friday of every month from the end of the High Holy Days through June.

The choir is also in demand for special holiday and event services such as Friday Night Live or special composer-in-residence programs, contributing much warmth and beauty to our congregation’s worship experience.

  • Rehearsals are twice/month during the year and weekly during the summer
  • To become a member of choir, it is very helpful if you can carry a tune, but one does not necessarily need to read music or be able to read Hebrew

Makelah: The Children's Choir

Our Children’s choir is composed of children in grades K-6. 

  • We sing 3 times a year at our family services.
  • We also participate in other special events such as our composer- in-residence services, and in the greater community.
  • Rehearsals are on selected Sundays following Sunday school

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