Music is an integral part of life at Temple Sinai and plays an important role in enhancing worship at all of our services. Senior Cantor Laura Croen heads our music staff, which includes Cantorial Soloist Robyn Helzner, Cantor Educator Rebecca Robins, and accompanist Neil Weston. The adult and junior choirs and in-house band Middle Matzah Conspiracy, are “labors of love” whose members volunteer their time and talents. The Music Committee collaborates with Cantor Croen to bring a wide range of musical programs to our community.

Shabbat Shira 2020 Make a Joyful Noise! A Musical Shabbat Celebration

From the Sinai Quarterly

In anticipation of the upcoming special music service, Music Committee Member Kent Allen had a chance to talk with musical guest Seth Kibel:

Seth Kibel wasn’t always a klezmer fan. A native of Yorktown Heights, New York, Kibel remembers his parents hiring a klezmer band for the cocktail hour at his bar mitzvah party in the late 1980s. He listened awhile, then, with growing disinterest, ducked out into the parking lot and, in the tradition of many 13-year-old boys, lit matchbook covers to pass the time until that part of the evening was finished.

He has evolved.

Circle of Music Lovers

Support Temple Sinai’s spectacular music events by becoming a member of the 2020 Circle of Music Lovers! All donations of any size are deeply appreciated. You can join here:

Temple Sinai Choirs

The adult choir sings traditional and contemporary music for all the sanctuary High Holiday services as well as special events throughout the year. While many choir members have sung together for years, new participants are always welcome! The adult choir is open to all temple members of post-Confirmation age. It isn’t necessary to be able to read music or to audition to join the choir, just to be able to sing in tune. Interested in joining? Contact Rachel Hynes, assistant to Cantor Laura Croen.

The Junior Choir, for students in grades 4-6, meets Sunday mornings during Religious School.

photo by Judy Licht
photo by Judy Licht
photo by Judy Licht
photo by Judy Licht

Middle Matzah Conspiracy

mmc logoMiddle Matzah Conspiracy (MMC), Temple Sinai’s in-house band, brings lively jazz, as well as traditional and contemporary music to services and temple events. If you play an instrument, belong to Temple Sinai, and are post-Confirmation age, MMC is always accepting new members.