At Temple Beth El, we believe that singing Jewish songs and learning to pray through music from a young age are critical to the development of lasting Jewish identity.
All of our young congregants sing, pray, and dance at Tot Shabbat, Religious School T’filah, Shabbat SongFest, Family Shabbat Services, and at youth events. Congregants in grades K-6 can join Shir Kids (Youth Choir) under the direction of Cantor Thomas and Patty Torcellini.
TEEN BAND & TEEN VOCAL ENSEMBLE
Made up of students in grades 8-12, the Teen Band and Teen Vocal Ensemble lead the music of our monthly, Saturday morning Congregational Shabbat services October through May, and at special events throughout the year. Many students participate in both ensembles. Students who wish to join either ensemble should contact Cantor Bernard. Cantor Bernard writes all of the band arrangements and will write new parts for any instrument with at least a week’s notice. Teen Band practices on Congregational Shabbat morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am; Teen Vocal Ensemble has one hour-long rehearsal during the week preceding Congregational Shabbat and a warm-up/sound check on Congregational Shabbat morning from 10:00 am to 10:30 am. Band and Vocal Ensemble members usually join in the congregational brunch immediately before the 11:00 am service.