Contemporary Jews both yearn for the comfort of the familiar prayer tunes they grew up with and relish a contemporary sound that gives meaning to their personal longings and prayers. Worship at Sha'arey Shalom feels traditional and vibrantly contemporary at the same time.
Our Cantor and volunteer choirs lead music in our services usually with accompaniment on piano or guitar. Periodically throughout the year we bring in guest musicians to help us explore and expand our worship style. Past guests have included rock musician Rick Recht and the Hester Street Klezmer Band.
Our very active and devoted Adult Volunteer Choir sings at almost every service, encouraging participation while adding harmonious spirit. They also perform in concert at the Temple and with other New Jersey temple choirs. Whether or not you can read Hebrew or read music, participation in the choir provides an enriching and exalting expression of connection to Jewish heritage. New members are always welcome. Rehearsals are 2-3 times a month throughout the year.
Teens are encouraged to share their musical talents in special worship services throughout the year. Our teen bands have included electric guitar, acoustic guitar, drums, reed and wind instruments. Talented teen vocalists are featured at High Holiday services and other times during the year. Our teen songleader helps the Cantor lead music sessions with the Religious School and leads the music at Family Shabbat services.
For any questions about the choir and/or music, feel free to contact Cantor Daniels.