Music & Prayer                                         

The Shir Tikvah Choir

Shir Tikvah is a musical congregation, blending harmonies at services, and has an active choir. 

Shir Tikvah Choir, under the direction of Marlys Fiterman, sings for the High Holy Days and for Shabbat Shira. We sing from a varied repertoire from early composers such as Lewandowski and Janowski, to modern composers such as Finkelstein and Maseng. To volunteer for the choir, please contact our Director of Spiritual Engagement, Wendy Goldberg.


Shabbat Shira*  Friday. February 10, 2017:  

"Lo Ta'amod Al Dam Re'echa"  Do Not Stand Idly By While Your Neighbor Bleeds

Shabbat Shira 2017 is Proudly Sponsored By Joan Bilinkoff Corbett & Jack Corbett

Featuring songs of social action.  Sign up here:

Rehearsals are planned for 7-9 at Shir Tikvah on:

Sunday, January 22

Thursday, January 26

Sunday, January 29

Thursday, February 2

Sunday, February 5

Wednesday, February 8 with Marlys

Thursday, February 9   with Marlys

Friday, February 10  Shabbat Service


*Shabbat Shira is the name given to the Shabbat when the “Song of the Sea” (Shirat Ha-Yam) is read from the Torah.  This is the poem Moses and the Israelites sing when they’ve crossed the sea, and the sea crashes down on the Egyptians.  The Song of the Sea includes Mi Chamocha and a few other famous verses.  Miriam’s Song (made famous by Debbie Friedman, z”l), comes from the narrative right after the song, and the story of Deborah helping Barak defeat Sisera is the Haftarah of Parashat B’shalach.  Congregations around the world celebrate this Shabbat of freedom with a celebration of music, a sermon in song, special musical presentations. 

Past programs have included:

Mizrachi Music:  The Melodies of Middle Eastern and Northern African Jews 

Music by modern composers David Shukiar, Gerald Cohen, & Aminadav Aloni

Music by Classical and Baroque Composers Salamoni Rossi & Louis Lewandowski


Torah Reading

We love having congregants chant Torah!  Come one, come all!  Plenty of readings to go around, but we need you!!!  Already chanted before?  Sign up again!  Parent of a teenager?  Encourage them to sign up!  THANK YOU! Please let Wendy know if you’d like to chant Torah, on the Shabbat dates listed below.  Help with text and recordings is available as needed.  THANK YOU!!!!


Looking for a gift for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Wedding? Conversion? New Baby?
Check out these links to great music.  Much of it can be found in oysongs.com (small business).  All of these can be found in iTunes (listed by category). Sample the music and purchase what you'd like. You can load the music on your computer, your mobile devices, or burn on a CD. Enjoy!

Tot Shabbat Songs (and fun for adults, too!)

Chanukah Songs

Passover Songs

Songs Devoted to Social Justice--under construction

Songs of Gratitude and Praise--under construction

Songs for Transitions in Life--under construction

Wedding Songs:  Note:  These are "traditional" wedding songs, not changed for gender.  These are the best renditions we could find to give you a sampling, but not necessary in the tempo and cadence you'd want for a wedding.  Wendy is very happy to play through this WITH you, sample them in person, talk about the texts, change wording for gender, etc.

 Great Jewish Music--we sing a lot of this at Shir Tikvah!

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