The Berith Sholom Choir made its debut in 2000. Since then we have grown both in numbers and in our musical repertoire. Today our choir is composed of professional, semi-professional and amateur musicians who all share a common joy in making worship more meaningful and memorable with music. Most of our choir members are also members of Congregation Berith Sholom, but membership in the congregation is not a prerequisite to singing with the choir.
The choir’s primary purpose is to provide musical enhancement for services. We sing for all the High Holy Day services as well as for other holiday and special event services throughout the year, such as Berith Sholom’s 140th Anniversary and our annual Music Lover’s Shabbat. The Music Lover’s Shabbats each focus on music of a specific style or era such as a Chassidic Service or a Sephardic Service. We are also occasionally invited to bring our Music Lover’s services to other area congregations. The choir’s annual performance for the Troy Victorian Stroll is a highlight of the year.
In 2004 the choir was honored to perform as a featured new choir at the prestigious North American Jewish Choral Festival. We are the only small-congregation choir to ever receive this distinction.
Front row: Sandi Costello, Bonnie Edelstein, Marta Banks, Penni Newman, Elizabeth O’Neil, Beta Regina, Karl Yesse Middle row: Karen Gallagher, Dan Foster, Ken Schwartz, Karen Klevanosky, David Kassover, Rebecca Parker Top row: Leslie Boyer, Wendy Carey, Jane Henry, Michael Plotzker, Al Sabo Missing from photo: Nancy Gaines, Cindy Werner, Davida Wohl, Leah Wolff-Pellingra
Karen Klevanosky, Elizabeth O’Neil, Al Sabo, Karl Yesse
Wendy Carey, Sandi Costello, Bonnie Edelstein, Karen Klevanosky, Elizabeth O’Neil, Al Sabo, Ken Schwartz, Karl Yesse
Come enjoy our wonderful choir! (Unless otherwise specified, all events are at the temple.)
Friday, May 7 – Teacher Recognition Shabbat
Wednesday, June 2 - Inter-faith Pride Service at 1st Unitarian Church in Albany
Friday, June 11 - Adult B'Nei Mitzvah Shabbat
CD now available
"Berith Shalom at 140: a Musical Celebration," an album by our choir and Leslie Boyer, cantorial associate, was released Sunday, Dec. 2, 2008, during the choir's Victorian Stroll performance at the temple.
The album was conceived and funded by congregants Leo and Martha Levy, who were inspired by Boyer's musical service for our 140th Anniversary in 2006. Tracks were recorded over the past 12 months in the synagogue sanctuary.
The album was produced by Israel Singer and Dan Foster, choir director. Dan is a member of Capital Chamber Artists and artistic director of Aoede Consort. Izzy, a Berith Sholom congregant, is a musician and audio tech enthusiast as well as a professional graphic artist. Singer designed the album cover, while Hudson Audio Video donated packaging and duplication services.
The 15 selections range from pieces by 15th-century composer Salamone Rossi to contemporary jazz and rock composer Bruce Benson.
The price is $15. Please email or call the Temple office (272-8872) to order your copy of this special recording.
Would you like to know more about what’s involved in being a member of the Congregation Berith Sholom choir? We are putting the finishing touches on a wonderful informational brochure that will help answer your questions. If you would like to have a copy emailed to you when it's available, please send your request to Wendy Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies of the informational brochure will be available from the Temple office or in the Benjamin Social Hall soon.
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