Musical expression is part of the fabric of congregational life at CBH. We deeply value the gift of music as one of the languages of sacred communal dialogue.
What we offer is possible only because of our volunteer congregant musicians. Participants bring talent, generosity, vision and a willingness to step into old and new musical expressions, and together we create a unique contribution to a larger evolving Jewish civilization.
Participation and interaction are key values in making music. Here are some ways you can participate.
Communal singing: Sing at services, at our school’s intergenerational family minyan, at midweek chanting services or at the informal community singing at monthly dinners.
Chorus: The Chorus of Congregation Bet Haverim has been widely lauded for its quality and versatility. Participants must be members of CBH and should be able to match and hold pitch in a group. They commit to attending rehearsals on Monday evenings and being open to the magnificent spiritual experience of learning new things! For more information contact chorus director Will Robertson for more information. (Also, check out this video of Chorus members talking about the power of Paul Simon.)
Band: The CBH Band is made up of a core group of skilled musicians who have classical, jazz, world and folk music backgrounds. The band accompanies the chorus and congregation on major holidays and special occasions. Contact music director Gayanne Geurin for more information.
Our string ensemble plays klezmer and classical arrangements a few times a year. Contact Gayanne Geurin or Sarah Zaslaw for more information.
Children’s Choir: Our Children’s Choir is for children around 5 to 10 years old. It meets Sunday mornings before family minyan at the Community School. Contact Gayanne Geurin for more information.
Chant: Join this contemplative practice where simple Hebrew phrases are repeated in unison or in call-and-response with drum accompaniment, where singers of all levels find connection through simple melodies and organically emerging harmonies. Weekly chant services are held early Wednesday mornings and Monday evenings at an intown location. Contact Gayanne Geurin for more information.