The Beth Elohim Adult Choir is a small group of talented and dedicated member volunteers, including director Judy Kramer and accompanist Cindi Silverman. Formed in 1980 with a core group of 4 singers, the choir has grown to 18 members, many of whom have been with the choir since its earliest days. The choir sings at High Holiday services, Shavuot/Confirmation, Sabbath morning services at the request of Bar/Bat Mitzvah families, and other occasional events.
Once a year, the choir presents a very special Friday evening service (Shabbat Shirah – Sabbath of Song) in which most of the elements of the service are choral settings. This popular annual event has introduced to the congregation a wide variety of Jewish liturgical music and the richness of our musical heritage. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance music of Salomone Rossi; to 19th European composers such as Lewandowski & Mombach; to Yiddish, Ladino and Sephardic folk tunes; to contemporary composers like Jeff Klepper, Charles Davidson, Meir Finkelstein, Ben Steinberg, Debbie Friedman, Stephen Glass and many others.
The choir has commissioned three pieces: Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit by Charles Osborne (for the dedication of our current building); L’chu N’ran’na by Robert Applebaum; and Elohai Neshama by Robert Solomon (in honor of Rabbi Mintz and Naomi’s 30 years of service to our congregation).
Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:30 – 9:15 for approximately 10-12 weeks prior to the High Holidays and the annual music Shabbat, usually held in the spring. Other rehearsals are scheduled on an ad hoc basis, depending on planned events. If you have some choral singing experience and would like to explore becoming a choir member, contact director Judy Kramer at 978-263-9387 or firstname.lastname@example.org.