The Role of Music at Congregation Beth Israel . . .
"Music is a universal language, and needs not be translated. With it, soul speaks to soul." - B. Auerbach.
At CBI, we know that there are many ways to express one's Judaism, so we offer a variety of worship experiences designed to meet our members' musical needs.
CBI is a "singing congregation" that takes pride in offering highly participatory, joyous worship services. Here in the "live music capital of the world," we at CBI strive to enhance our worship experiences through a variety of musical traditions. Sometimes you will hear pieces of liturgy set to traditional melodies, while other times you will hear more contemporary settings led by our talented cadre of Volunteer Cantorial Soloists who assist with leading services ... some play guitar, some don't, some are more traditional in their sound, while others are more modern ... one of our Volunteer Cantorial Soloists even brings a true Texas sound to our worship!
Additional Opportunities to Participate in CBI's Worship:
CBI's Children's Choir: Zimriyah ... CBI's Children's Choir is open to all kids from kindergarten through seventh grade, whether or not they are a member of CBI. Zimriyah performs at select Shabbat services and community events throughout the year. Zimriyah has performed at Austin community events such as "Chanukah in the Hood," "Passover in the Hood," and the city-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration ... as well as at a wedding!
For more information about your child joining the Zimriyah, please click here or contact Sarah Avner. New members are always welcome and there is no fee for joining.
CBI's Adult Choir: Makheilah ... CBI's Adult Choir is open to all adults interested in singing Jewish liturgical music, whether or not they are a member of CBI. Our all-volunteer choir is made up of adults who love to sing and whose own spiritual connection with Judaism has been deepened through their participation. The Makheilah performs during the High Holy Days and at select worship services and community events throughout the year. New members are always welcome and there is no fee for joining.
For more information about joining our Adult Choir, please click here to visit the Adult Choir page. For more information, please contact Rabbi Rose or contact CBI's Worship Committee Chair, Allan Adelman.
CBI's Intergenerational Yiddish Choir: For the past few years at Chanukah, our Children's Choir, Zimriyah, has joined together with our Yiddish Language Group to sing in Yiddish. These "generation to generation" moments are shared with our congregation during our Shabbat services during Chanukah, as well as during the community's "Chanukah in the Hood" event.