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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 6 - B’yachad WOTI Shabbat

This Shabbat is WOTI Shabbat, where the women of Temple Israel will lead us in a spiritually uplifting Kabbalat Shabbat service in our beautiful new Temple Israel courtyard. We are B’yachad, together, in prayer and community at Temple Israel once again. Please join us!


April 29 - Ahavat Olam (The Platt Brothers)

This Shabbat we bring you the viral version of Ahavat Olam by the Platt Brothers.   One day I look forward to singing this in harmony with our talented Temple Israel teens. This was inspired by one of our Bat-Mitzvahs this Shabbos. Looking forward
to celebrating two wonderful simchas together.

Shabbat Shalom!


April 15 - Hatikvah, the Hope

Today marks the 73rd Anniversary of the State of Israel’s Independence. As long
as the heart of the Jew beats, and as long as the eyes of the Jew look eastward,
then our two-thousand-year hope is not lost: to be a free nation in Zion, in Jerusalem.
 Click here to listen to Hatikvah, performed at the AIPAC Policy
Conference 2017.

Grant peace to the land and everlasting joy to all its' inhabitants.


April 8 - If the World Had Cried by Kenny Karen

Today, the 27th of Nisan, is a day to commemorate the Holocaust. 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. I have re-asked again and again many questions that cannot be answered, but cannot be left unasked.  Today, once again, we search for answers reminding us of our responsibility as a people to remember, see the humanity in each other, and make the world a better place.

Did the flowers cry, did their petals fall, did they live one day, were they blown away, were they there at all...If the world had cried long before the tears, would they not have died would they still be here.

Click here to listen.


April 1 - Min Hameitzar, Out of the Depths by Neshama Carlebach and
               David Morgan

Min HaMetzar karati Yah,
Anani vamerchavYah
Min HaMetzar Hebrew text
From the Narrow place I called out to God
who answered me with the Divine Expanse. (Psalm 118:5) 

This is a text we sing in Hallel on Passover this Shabbat. To listen, click here

Metzar is the same root word as Mitzrayim (Egypt) which literally means the narrow place.  The story of Passover is a story about the Israelites journey from a narrow place to freedom. So too we imagined ourselves at our Seder tables moving from bondage to freedom.  What are our narrow places? What are the places of struggle, difficulty, suffering or challenge in our lives? What would it mean to call out to God
and for God to answer us giving us a sense of spaciousness in which transformation can happen?

Join us for Passover services this Shabbat via live stream. Chag Sameach!  Shabbat Shalom!

March 25 - Seder Flow

Learn our "Jazzy Version" of the Seder Order. Click here to listen. Looking forward to seeing you at the 2nd Seder led by Rabbi Wolk and myself. Chag Pesach Sameach!   Happy Passover!


March 18 - MIRIAM’S TABLE 2021 – The International Virtual Women’s

Please join me, along with the incomparable Beth Styles (who conceived and produces this event) and many incredible women participating in the MIRIAM’S TABLE” 2021 – The International Virtual Women’s Seder - TONIGHT, THURSDAY, MARCH 18 @ 8PM.

To participate on ZOOM LIVE - Please register here:


March 11 - Remember Woman Remember by Laurie Akers 
                   (poem by Reece Levya)

In honor of International Women's Day, we share this powerful new composition with you. Today, we celebrate women's achievements, milestones, and resilient spirits while encouraging the accelerated progress of gender equality. There is no limit to what we can accomplish! Remember, Woman, Remember!!

"Remember, Woman, Remember"
- Poem by Reese Leyva
- Music and additional lyrics by Laurie Akers

To listen, click here.


March 4 -  Y’varechecha by Zina Goldrich

This week we are celebrating the Bat Mitzvah of Jordan Sokolowicz. Last week we celebrated Liza Simon and two weeks ago, Penina Polsky. Next week, we celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Quinn Pickett. It is an honor and delight to watch our students step up onto the Bima, lead us in prayer, and chant from the Torah. This is the blessing we give our B’nai Mitzvah on their special day.

May God bless you and protect you
May God show you favor and be gracious unto you.
May God show you kindness and grant you peace, and grant you peace.

Ken y’hi ratzon-May it be so. 

To listen to Y’varechecha,  a traditional Priestly Blessing, click here.


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.



Fri, May 7 2021 25 Iyyar 5781