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Music at TI

Temple Israel, under the leadership of Cantor Shira Lissek,
strives to engage, inspire, and connect us to each other
and our tradition through Jewish music.




A musical blog featuring videos and recordings from Cantor Lissek at Temple Israel. Visit Temple Israel's YouTube page by clicking here or click on the link below to listen or view:


MAY 13 - Or Chadash by Rick Recht

Come celebrate WoTI Shabbat with us on Friday night, May 13, and “Be the Spark.” The Women of Temple Israel (WoTI) will lead us with their words and
prayers and we will celebrate those who have inspired us and sparked light in
our souls. Click here to listen.


APRIL 29 - Yonina for Yom Ha'Atzmaut

We are so fortunate to be taking a virtual tour of Yerushalayim with Yonina live from Israel this Sunday. Listen to this heartwarming and super talented couple sing songs
of Israel (click here) as we look forward to celebrating Yom Ha'Atzmaut with them!

Join us this Sunday! But first, you must register in order to get the Zoom link. 
Register here.


APRIL 21 - If The World Had Cried by Kenny Karen (arranged by Oran Eldor)

On April 26 an ensemble of students from UNC Charlotte Orchestra, Queens University of Charlotte, and Central Piedmont (under the baton of Dr. Alan Yamamoto) will join me in setting the tone on our commemoration with “If the World had Cried” by Kenny Karen (click here) for our Charlotte Community Wide Holocaust Commemoration. They will also be playing “Intonations: Songs from the Violins of Hope” among other musical offerings, candle lighting, and prayers.

Join us at The Sandra Levine Theater at 7 p.m. for the memorable commemoration, ritual, testimony, and music (details).


APRIL 15 - Super Kosher Manischewitz Exodus and Moses (parody)

To watch this video, click here.


APRIL 8 - When you Believe by Stephen Schwartz

In celebration of being together again for Temple Israel's 2nd Night Seder and the launching of the North Carolina Jewish Clergy Association. Click here.


APRIL 1 - Sharing Our Stories (Men's Club Shabbat)

To watch this video, click here.


MARCH 25 - Olam Chesed Yibaneh by Menachem Creditor

Join us for Yom Gemilut Hasadim this Sunday and help us make the world a better place! Click here to listen to Olam Chesed Yibaneh.


MARCH 11 - We don’t talk about Haman (from Encanto’s "We don’t talk about Bruno") 

This week is Shabbat Zachor, Shabbat to remember. In anticipation of Purim we
are asked to remember the story of Amalek. Shabbat Zachor always comes right before Purim when we read the Megillah, the story of Esther speaking up to save her people from the evil plot of Haman who is a descendent of Amalek. Here in
this video is a fun parody of the Purim Story. This Wednesday (3/16) come out
to see Temple Israel's Purim Spiel, “The Megillah According to Taylor Swift.”


MARCH 4 - Oseh Shalom by Benji Schiller

We are feeling a need to pray for peace right now all over the world and
particularly in the Ukraine.  Click here for Oseh Shalom by Benji Schiller.


FEBRUARY 26 - Oseh Shalom by Elana Jagoda

How can we become closer with God? Listen to this video to find out three ways we can bring God into our lives that are found in Parshat Vayakheil. This Shabbat join us for Kitah Aleph (1st grade) Class Shabbat when they will sing their favorite version of Oseh Shalom (click here), and the Bar Mitzvah of Dylan Mann. See you at Temple Israel!

FEBRUARY 19 - Shiru L'Adonai by Eldor

Here is another song we would love for you to learn so you can sing along with us on Friday nights. To watch this video, click here.


FEBRUARY 12 - L’cha Dodi by Josh Warshawsky

We hope you will learn this and sing along on Friday nights. To watch this video, click here.


FEBRUARY 3 - Sanctuary Song

To watch this video, click here.


JANUARY 27 - Hashkivenu and Guide My Steps

This past Shabbat the clergy of Temple Israel and Beth El joined by Rev. LeDayne McCleese Polaski of MecMin gathered for words of comfort and prayer in a Unity Shabbat service at Temple Israel this past Friday night as a response to the events at a Synagogue in Texas two weeks ago.

“Every time people gather in prayer, and calculate how far it is to the nearest exit –– Every time a rabbi schedules active shooter training – Every time someone starts to put on a kippa or a Star of David and stops and has a second thought – Echo, after echo after echo. It is almost more than even the most stalwart heart can hold.

So let me tell you what I pray. I pray that the echoes won’t sound just in Jewish synagogues and Jewish hearts. I pray that the echo will resound in the services of Christians and Baha’is. I pray that it will resound in the sermons of Muslims and Unitarians. I pray that it will reverberate in the meditations of Buddhists and Hindus. I pray that it will ring out in the songs of Sikhs and New Thought practitioners. I pray that as we all kneel down, light lamps, read scripture, as we chant, sing, and dance at churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras, viharas, spiritual centers and home altars, that the echo be always in our ears, in our minds, in our hearts.

Grief echoes. Pain echoes. So does solidarity. So does love.

What one heart cannot bear, all of our hearts together can.

Though the weight of the world would crush each of us, it can be borne by all of us. May it be so.”- Rev. LeDayne McCleese Polanski.

The last line is adapted from a poem called The Hardest Year by her friend Adele Pfrimmer Hensley. 

Click here for Hashkivenu and Guide My Steps. 


JANUARY 14 - Purim Spiel Kickoff!

To watch this week's video, click here.

Thu, May 19 2022 18 Iyyar 5782