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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:

February 18 - V’asu li mikdash - Sanctuary Song

V’asu li mikdash v’shachanti b’tocham, Make for me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them. In parshat Truma, Moses asks the Israelites to give gifts from their hearts in order to make a Mishkan, a holy space, so that God can dwell among them. We learn that the Torah uses the word “them” and not “it” because God dwells within us when we create this holy space, not just in “it” the beautiful building we create. To listen, to V’asu li mikdash, click here.


February 11 - More Love  by Billy Jonas

Simu, simu ahavatchem ba-olam is Hebrew for Put, put your love in the world today.  Though Valentine’s Day is in no way Jewish, it  makes us think about love.   Intentionally spreading love to our families, friends and beyond is all we need to make a positive impact in our world. 

The song goes...

There’s a simple path that leads to true prosperity
Did you put more love in the world today?
More love on your way
To the setting sun, there is only one measure, When you can honestly say: I put more love ....

Simu, Simu ahavatchem ba-olam 

To listen, click here. Wishing to all who celebrate a very Happy Valentine’s Day this Sunday!


February 4 - L’dor Vador by Josh Nelson

Join us this Shabbat over livestream to thank our Legacy donors and celebrate our Beyond B’nai Mitzvah students who will share their voices and lead us in Shabbat services.

L’dor Vador (click here, to listen) we protect this chain, from generation to generation. 

Shabbat Shalom, Cantor Lissek


January 28 - Eli Eli, God, My God  by Oran Eldor

The anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau (International Holocaust Remembrance Day) was designated by the United Nations for the world to commemorate the six million Jewish lives, and millions of others, lost in the Holocaust. People around the world listen to stories on this day from Holocaust survivors to learn about the events that led to World War II and to honor the memories of those lost. This is also an opportunity for us to reflect and vow never again.

As we search for answers we are reminded of our responsibility as a people to remember, see the humanity in each other, and make the world a better place. The daughter of a Hidden Child in France during World War II, my family’s story of survival along with the backdrop of the Holocaust has most shaped my worldview. Taking the tragedy of the past to inform the present, I have learned that it is dehumanization that allows this and other genocides to occur. The antidote is drawing out our shared humanity from all walks of life. As survivors will not be here forever,  and I believe it is incumbent upon us to share the stories we have been entrusted with from generation to generation. With this music, I hope it will be relevant to a new generation.

Oran Eldor wrote this moving setting of Hanah Senesh’s Halicha L’kesariaWe pray, My God, My God, May these things never end, The sand and the sea, The rustle of the water, The lightning in the sky, Human prayer. Click here to listen.


January 7 - Oseh Shalom by Debbie Friedman

This Friday, January 9, marks the 10-year anniversary since Debbie Friedman died in 2011.  She made such a huge impact on Jewish music that there is a cantorial school named after her.  She inspired a whole new generation of cantors and sacred music makers to write new Jewish music. We know and cherish her most popular settings,
Mi Shebeirach and L’chi Lach.  Today, sing along with me to her Oseh Shalom (click here) which we’ll also sing together at Kabbalat Shabbat services this Friday. The yearning in this setting of Oseh Shalom resonates with us now as we pray for peace
in our country and in our communities.



Mon, March 1 2021 17 Adar 5781