Beth El Synagogue Center launches Shoresh Halev Center for Jewish Music

Share Article

Leading New York area synagogue positions itself as music hub, infusing music in all areas of synagogue life and creating fertile home for new Jewish music and music initiatives.

News Image
For many years, music has been central to our mission, states Rabbi David Schuck. We are extremely proud of this initiative and believe that this exciting music program is a direct reflection of our core values

Beth El Synagogue Center, a leading New York area synagogue serving the Westchester Jewish community, has launched The Shoresh Halev Fund and The Shoresh Halev Center for Jewish Music at Beth El. For over 100 years, Beth El Synagogue Center has been a leading voice in the Conservative Movement, with a robust congregation and renowned clergy team.

The Shoresh Halev Center for Jewish Music at Beth El fulfills a central mission of the synagogue to use music as a foundation for ritual and secular communal life. The goal of the Center is to infuse music into every aspect of synagogue life, including all demographics such as nursery and school age students, young families, empty-nesters and elderly. This music initiative will play a fundamental role in shaping religious services as well as wide-ranging cultural events and activities. The Shoresh Halev Center for Jewish Music at Beth El will also i) support emerging Jewish artists; ii) provide opportunities for established artists and composers of new Jewish music to serve as scholars and artists in residence; iii) serve as a venue for concerts, symposia, workshops and conferences; and iv) foster inter-faith dialogue and events with other religious communities in the region.

“For many years, music has been central to our mission," states Rabbi David Schuck. “We are extremely proud of this initiative and believe that this exciting music program is a direct reflection of our core values. Music serves as a spiritual practice, allowing people to experience personal and communal sacred time, and also as a bridge among our community of communities, bringing people together in harmony. We are confident this program will have a tremendous impact on our community, and we are hopeful to contribute a voice that rings out throughout the Jewish world."

The Shoresh Halev Fund aims to integrate music into the Beth El Synagogue Center community and to position Beth El Synagogue as a hub for musicians and artists who are part of the current renaissance of Jewish music, both liturgical and secular.

The Shoresh Halev Center for Jewish Music at Beth El will be led by Music Director, Jack Klebanow. Jack has served as Music Director at Beth El Synagogue Center since 2017, and will direct this new initiative, responsible for mapping out the strategy for achieving the Center’s vision.

The Shoresh Halev Fund is established through a generous grant by a family of the Beth El community. Additional contributions may be made through the contacts below.

About Beth El Synagogue Center

Beth El Synagogue Center is a large, multi-generational, egalitarian congregation, located in New Rochelle, New York, serving the Westchester Jewish community, and is affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. With a membership of more than 500 families, a vibrant Nursery School and Religious School, and a renowned Summer Camp, Beth El has daily religious services and countless secular and religious activities and is one of the most prominent conservative synagogues in the country.

For further information, or if you wish to contribute to the Fund or participate in the Center’s activities, visit http://www.bethelnr.org or see contacts below:

Jack Klebanow, Music Director
Shoresh Halev Center for Jewish Music at Beth El
Beth El Synagogue Center
jklebanow@bethelnr.org
(914) 235-2700, ext. 252

Shoresh Halev Fund Contact:
Samuel Berger and Hila Reichman, Fundraising Chairs
Beth El Synagogue Center
914-235-2700

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Jack Klebanow
Visit website