Beautiful Jewish Music
Music is the heart of experiential prayer. Our worship experience is amplified and enhanced through melody, rhythm and harmony. From participatory moments to listening moments, from the elevating sounds of the choir to the communal voice of the congregation, our music stirs deep feelings within us and speaks to everyone. Cantor Lizzie Weiss and Rabbi Jonathan Aaron collaborate in a beautiful musical partnership that encourages participation in prayer while providing moments of pure meditation.
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Groove With Us
We believe that music is the heart of experiential prayer. Using both traditional melodies and new ones, our clergy rely on the beautiful harmonies of music to help bring ancient liturgy to life. Listen to the moving voices and melodies stemming from the heart of our congregation and SING, SWAY, and FEEL the rhythm!
Come Sing with Us! Our choirs are low-key and light-hearted, so don’t be shy! Learn more about our choirs, and come unleash the musician in you.
Temple Emanuel Intergenerational Choir
Join our fantastic intergenerational group of singers, and participate in dynamic, cutting-edge Jewish music programming, commissions, and premiers of new Jewish choral works, and prayers, and songs. We sing and perform during High Holy Day Family Services, festival services, concerts, and special events during the year. For rehearsal schedule, call Cantor Weiss.
Temple Emanuel Soul Singers
Our Soul Singers are a very friendly crew of 3rd-7th grade religious school students who blend music, Judaism, community, and spirituality together in a fantastic mix of learning and performing. New singers feel welcome as soon as they join and will learn to read music, sing in varied languages, and learn songs from many genres, including Broadway tunes, traditional songs, and folk music from around the world. Our Shabbat Spark Service gets its energy from our spirited Soul Singers! Email Cantor Weiss at CantorWeiss@tebh.org to learn more about how your child can join.
Temple Emanuel Junior Cantors
With Soul Singer experience under your belt, it’s time to lead our community in prayer and song! Talented and motivated post-B’nai Mitzvah students are asked or audition to be a part of the Temple Emanuel Junior Cantors. There’s no better preparation and experience for a passionate singer than leading our congregation in High Holy Days, Shabbat, and Festival Services throughout the year. For more information, please email Cantor Weiss at CantorWeiss@tebh.org.
Today’s Jewish Voices
We are thrilled to bring you the most exciting nationally recognized Jewish voices as we host our Musical Artist Series. Here’s what’s in store for 2018–2019!
Simchat Torah with Mostly Kosher
Sunday, September 30, 5:00 pm, 300 N Clark Drive
The renowned klezmer band Mostly Kosher is back to perform at Temple Emanuel for yet another year! This group of seven talented musicians preserves the rich Yiddish culture while fusing contemporary jazz, Latin, rock, hip-hop, and folk. Come dance the night away with us! To learn more, visit their website www.MostlyKosher.com.
Hanukkah Party and Concert
Sunday, December 2, 4:00 pm, 300 N Clark Drive
Celebrate Hanukkah with music from three of our music groups! The Spark Band brings energy to Shabbat Spark, and they will illuminate our Hanukkah Party and Concert. The Soul Singers will share their Religious School learning through their joyous songs, and the Intergenerational Choir will unify our community in song.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat Shira with the Urban Voices Project and Temple Emanuel Choirs
Friday, January 18, 6:15 pm, 300 N Clark Drive
It is truly a Shabbat of Song as we celebrate the Torah portion where the Israelites cross the Red Sea! But this year, we will also reflect upon the lessons of Martin Luther King Jr. as this special Shabbat also coincides with Shabbat Tzedek, the Shabbat of Justice. For the second year, we welcome Leeav Sofer’s Urban Voices Project, a Skid Row Choir, bringing the healing power of music to those disenfranchised with homelessness, mental illness, and unemployment.
Irena Sendler: A Musical
Saturday, January 26, 7:00 pm, 8844 Burton Way
Sunday, January 27, 2:00 pm, 8844 Burton Way
Join us for the story of Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who was enraged by the Nazi Occupation of Poland. She risked her life by rescuing children from the Warsaw Ghetto, saving over 2,500 lives. This event benefits the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Composed by TEBH congregant Megan Cavallari and playwright Mark St. Germain.
Two Bruno Mars Purim Shpiels
For Kids, Families, and Everyone:
Saturday, March 16, 5:00 pm, 300 N Clark Drive
For the Grown-Ups:
Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 pm, 300 N Clark Drive
Relive the tumultuous stories of the Megillah through the upbeat tunes of Bruno Mars! From “Uptown Funk” to “Count on Me”, this original take on the Purim story combines the 21st-century melodies you love with the traditional stories we cherish. You won’t want to miss this year’s Purim Shpiel!
Amplify Our Sound
Help elevate our community’s musical programming by supporting the uplifting and powerful voices of our congregants, and the inspiring, heartfelt music which Cantor Weiss brings into our lives.
Give in honor of your favorite Soul Singer or Intergenerational Choir member, in appreciation of Cantor Weiss, or in memory of a loved one. With your generosity, together we can make this temple the most incredibly soulful and expressive space in Los Angeles. Share your appreciation of our musical life by donating to any of the musical endeavors listed below.
What We Need
Partner with us by contributing to one or more of these musical necessities:
- Shabbat Musicians (Shabbat Services, Concerts, B’nai Mitzvah)
- Musical Artist Series (Highlighting today’s newest and most talented Jewish voices)
- Junior Cantors, Intergenerational Choir, Soul Singers (Sheet music, rehearsal accompanist, concert costs)
- Instrument Upkeep (Steinways, Clavinovas)
- TEBH Musical Library (Jewish music collections & compendiums, choir binders, copies of music)
- Instruments for Children (Guitars for song leading, drums, percussions)
- Sound System Upgrades (For Corwin Family Sanctuary)
- Live Stream System (Year-round broadcasting of our services via the Internet)
What You Get
Your donation is highly appreciated. As a token of our gratitude, donations at the amounts listed below receive the following perks:
- $36 FAN: Name plate in TEBH Music Library Book.
- $100 GROUPIE: Cantor Weiss’s voice on your outgoing cell phone answering machine.
- $500 DEVOTEE: Recording of Cantor Weiss singing a song of your choice or personalizing a song as a gift for someone or alternate choice of perks listed above.
- $1,000 SHOWRUNNER: Private prayers/song/ritual melody lesson (Shabbat, aliyah, shma, etc.) or alternate choice of perks above.
- $5,000 BACKSTAGE PASS: Private sing-along with a group of members & members’ friends or alternate choice of perks above.
- $18,000 MUSIC AMBASSADOR: Private concert for you and your friends or alternate choice of perks above.
- $36,000 PRODUCER: Online and print credit for live streaming of all musical events and alternate choice of perks above.
- $180,000 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Special “meet and greet” dinner with Clergy and Musical Series Artist. Private Producer Oneg before the service or concert. Reserved seats at Musical Artist Series events or alternate choice of perks above.
- $360,000 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MUSIC SERIES: Series will carry donor’s name. Sponsor will be able to host a salon musical evening at a location of their choice with Rabbi Jonathan Aaron and Cantor Lizzie Weiss. Sponsor will also receive all benefits listed above.
A Round Of Applause For Cantor Weiss’s Contributions
- Developed 2015/16 and 2016/17 Music Series
- Founded Soul Singers
- Planned 2015 Hanukkah Bash with A Capella group 613
- Produced Songs of Peace Benefit Concert
- Created B’nai Mitzvah Revolution Programming and New Committee
- Re-imagined of Pastoral Care at TEBH (including New Emanuel Carers)
- Sang and Produced High Holy Days 2015-2016
- Integrated existing Intergenerational Choir into Yearly Services and Concerts
- Created New B’nai Mitzvah Bootcamp Curriculum
- Originated Teen Election Summit
- Traveled with Teen Civic Leadership Counsel to Washington D.C for L’taken
- Participated in ACC (American Conference of Cantors) National Conference (Concert Participant)
- Planned URJ Newman/Six Points and NFTY benefit (January 2017)
- Officiated Funerals, Weddings, B’nai Mitzvah, Baby Namings
A Thank You From Cantor Weiss
As cantor of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, I live the most meaningful life I can imagine – a life dedicated to helping others connect to their spirituality through music and torah. There is no other career where I could use my heart, soul, body, and mind so fully. I am privileged to walk alongside people through the most joyful and painful moments of life – weddings and funerals, baby dedications and illnesses – and bring them solace and joy through song and sound. As your cantor, I am able to help people make sense of traditional texts and song, and to both pass on tradition and invent new meaning through music. Thank you for partnering with me to enrich our musical experience.
♬ Cantor Lizzie Weiss ♬
Thank You From Us
We believe in the power of love and community, and we are deeply grateful for any amount you are able to contribute to help us reach our goals. Thank you for helping us sing the world alive!