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The Shoresh Halev Center for Jewish Music at Beth El fulfills a central mission of the synagogue to use music as a foundation for ritual and secular communal life. The goal of the Center is to infuse music into every aspect of synagogue life, including all demographics such as nursery and school age students, young families, empty-nesters and elderly.  

This exciting music initiative was launched in the spring of 2021, and will play a fundamental role in shaping religious services as well as wide-ranging cultural events and activities. The Shoresh Halev Center for Jewish Music at Beth El will also:

i) support emerging Jewish artists
ii) provide opportunities for established artists and composers of new Jewish music to serve as scholars and artists in residence
iii) serve as a venue for concerts, symposia, workshops and conferences
iv) foster inter-faith dialogue and events with other religious communities in the region.

“For many years, music has been central to our mission," states Rabbi David Schuck. We are extremely proud of this initiative and believe that this exciting music program is a direct reflection of our core values. Music serves as a spiritual practice, allowing people to experience personal and communal sacred time, and also as a bridge among our community of communities, bringing people together in harmony. We are confident this program will have a tremendous impact in our community and we are hopeful to contribute a voice that rings out throughout the Jewish world."

The Shoresh Halev Fund aims to integrate music into the Beth El Synagogue Center community and to position Beth El Synagogue as a hub for musicians and artists who are part of the current renaissance of Jewish music, both liturgical and secular.

The Shoresh Halev Center for Jewish Music at Beth El is led by Jack Klebanow, Music Director, who has served as Music Director at Beth El since 2017. As Music Director, Jack is responsible for mapping out the strategy for achieving the Center’s vision.

The Shoresh Halev Fund is established through a generous grant by Carla and Laurence Stein, in the memory of Laurence’s parents z”l and Carla’s father z’’l, and in honor of Carla’s mother.

Sat, October 16 2021 10 Cheshvan 5782