The Music of VBS

Music plays a great role within VBS culture. The sounds of VBS are unique to our synagogue; our melodies carry with them our history and soul.

VBS Cantor Phil Baron (see bio) has written and recorded a number of soundtracks, which can be sampled in the playlists below. He has also composed a number of productions receiving national publicity including David's Quilt, an original libretto about biblical King David that premiered at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Click here to learn more about Cantor Baron's role in David's Quilt >

VBS is also home to long-time Cantor Herschel Fox. Cantor Fox (see bio) infuses his music and service leading with true Yiddishkeit and soulful passion. He also directs the VBS children’s Chazzanut (cantorial) class which helps lead Shabbat morning services.

Our Artist-in-Residence Asher Levy brings a unique talent and perspective to Judaic melodies. He was recently published in Tablet Magazine (click to read more). Click here to view Asher perform "Eli Yah Eli" Live Corazon Los Angeles 2018 >

Former VBS Music Director Chris Hardin is a composer, orchestrator, music director, conductor and performer. Click here to learn more >

The introduction of our T'marim Sephardic Shabbat Service in 2017, a collaboration of Cantor Baron and Asher Levy, gained the attention of the Jewish Journal. Click here to read the article >

Experience the music of VBS at our wide variety of prayer experiences, including Shabbat morning main sanctuary services, and Friday evening Rimonim, T'marim and Farbrengen. Learn more about our service options by clicking here.

Listen Now: 

Cantor Phil Baron brings Shabbat morning melodies alive with these new recordings - "Sanctuary" - released December 2019. Enjoy!