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music at cBH

Our music program is a real point of pride for our community. This is not just because our musicians sound so good (and they do), but because in so many ways our music program is an arena in which we are able to enact many of our community's values and traditions. 

  • The program developed organically, entirely from members who simply brought their talents to the table, and expresses our Reconstructionist orientation toward the arts as an expression of our humanity and our connection to Judaism. 
  • The diversity in our musical selections reflects our abiding appreciation for the diversity of Judaisms around the world – and within our own sanctuary! Our mix of traditional Jewish music with songs from other cultures also expresses our theological approach toward blending traditional Jewish ideas with ideas from other times and places. This is why we mix “Kol HaOlam Kulo” with “Mad World”; this is why we sing “American Tune” from the bimah.  
  • Finally, our music program is about bringing people together. It is intergenerational, and it is an area of synagogue life where members who are not Jewish have found a comfortable first "home base" within the broader synagogue community. 

Our musicians perform at CBH services and fundraising concerts, at rallies for social justice, in collaboration with other faith communities and local organizations, and have occasionally been featured at special events like the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, a Paul Simon lecture series at Emory and the national Reconstructing Judaism conference.

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Check out our recordings

chorus, band and strings


On The Day We Are together again

“On the Day We Are Together Again,” written by Humbird in the first days of the pandemic, arranged by CBH chorus director Will Robertson, and performed by the CBH Chorus in their homes in 2020. 


“Hold It High,” written by Will Robertson in early 2017, performed by Will Robertson and the CBH Chorus and Band. A song to remind us that the right to protest is core to what it means to be an American – and always has been. Downloads here. Sheet music available here

CBH Strings in Concert

“Kutcher’s Bulgar,” performed by the CBH String Ensemble at the 2014 release concert for its album Fire Flashing Up. Arrangement by the group’s violist, David Borthwick; klezmer tune from Kammen International Dance Folios. 


Fri, September 22 2023 7 Tishrei 5784