Chorus & Band
ChorusSingers: Click here for current recordings and other rehearsal materials
Our adult volunteer chorus, led by Rabbi Zellman, enthusiastically welcomes all members of the congregation—whether or not you think you can sing! Each season 20-25 members rehearse for upcoming events. In addition to supporting inclusive community singing at High Holy Days and other services, the Beth El Chorus performs and teaches at various community events. Recently the group put on an innovative, interactive workshop presenting rare music of Shavuot, and performed onstage with Richmond’s Stars of Glory Gospel Quintet.
Our singers have a wide range of musical backgrounds, and none is required. Join a warm community of singers for fun and learning through music!
Ever wonder what it is like to sing with the chorus at Congregation Beth El? Watch this video to get a glimpse into a rehearsal as Rabbi Reuben Zellman prepares the chorus to lead the congregation during the 5771 High Holy Days.
Instrumental Ensembles and Opportunities
We are currently creating regular opportunities for Beth El musicians—jazz, folk and classical—to play together both in and outside of religious services. Please contact Rabbi Zellman if you’re interested—he would be very happy to speak with you!
Our religious services and other community events are often enhanced by members who play a variety of solo instruments. We’d love to include you--if you’re interested, let Rabbi Zellman know.
For youth in grades 5-7, we offer Band as an annual elective in Kadimah. Elements of Jewish music theory are introduced through preparing repertoire for performance.
Chorus & Band Materials
Singers and players, download your materials at Music Resources.
Not currently involved in Beth El music? We’d love to have you join us. Contact Rabbi Zellman: RabbiRZ@bethelberkeley.org