MUSIC UPLIFTS OUR SOULS
Music reaches where words cannot go. For generations, people who barely knew the prayers still found that the melodies of our tradition lodged in their memories and in their souls.
– Rabbi David Wolpe
The music of Sinai Temple is inspirational, accessible and rooted in a long history of tradition.
Led by Cantor Marcus Feldman, our Music Department, in partnership with the Sinai Temple clergy, works strategically to blend traditional, nostalgic and contemporary melodies, while ensuring that the prayers we sing remain true to our history.
Celebrating the Music of Sinai Temple
In 2017, Cantor Marcus Feldman released an incredible CD, providing a true taste of the music of Sinai Temple. The musical compilation represents the next chapter in our community’s rich history, after contributing over a century of work to the world of Jewish music. The vast majority of the CD compositions were written by cantors and music directors of Sinai Temple from throughout the years, or were commissioned by our synagogue to be used in services. We featured the grand music of our Shabbat morning and High Holy Day services, showcasing a more traditional cantorial sound accompanied by organ and choir, juxtaposed with the modern music of The Ted & Hedy Orden and Family Friday Night Live, launched in 1999 by Rabbi David Wolpe and Craig Taubman. Under the direction of Cantor Marcus Feldman, we have continued the process of innovating and reimagining the sounds of synagogue music. Click HERE or on the button below to listen to the CD.
The Musical Archives of Sinai Temple
In partnership with the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, in May 2019 Sinai Temple hosted a multimedia program chronicling Sinai Temple’s musical history. This program was a culmination of a year-long effort led by Ray Ace, UCLA musicology graduate student, to re-examine and archive Sinai Temple musical records, which had been untouched for over forty years. This archive contained musical manuscripts, photos, and recordings of Sinai Temple’s history. A Jewish Musical Journey: The Archives of Sinai Temple included live performances, spoken word and vocal recordings by Sinai Temple’s musical leaders of past and present. Click HERE to view the program from this historic event. Click the button below is listen to musical recordings created specifically for the program.
Meet the Music Team of Sinai Temple
Cantor Marcus Feldman
B’nai Mitzvah Mentor
Emeritus Organist and Choir Director
Administrative Assistant/B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator