Music has always been a central “theme” of Valley Beth Shalom. Our services feature the melodies we all cherish, but there will also be opportunities to enjoy new kinds of musical experiences. In addition to our popular monthly Rimonim service, we are introducing an innovative service called “New Voices” which will feature up-and-coming cantors, composers, and other musical artists.
The Farbrengen service will continue to focus on Jewish cultural traditions and popular Jewish culture as well. Watch for a return of the music of Allan Sherman, and evenings of folk music and even an “historic” evening of “rock n’ roll” (a phrase coined by Jewish disc Jockey Alan Freed).
The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles (JMC) will present another line-up of wonderful programs, beginning with “Mostly Kosher” this Chanukah. And the Helfman Composers Group continues to call VBS home, while establishing a new relationship with UCLA and the Mickey Katz chair of Jewish Music.
Our music director Chris Hardin’s jazz night, and a number of musical “special” services will round out the year. These will include a Shabbat Shuvah Shabbaton, which we are developing along with the artistic staff of Beit T’shuvah, and powerful new works debuting at VBS for The Braun Family Shabbat Shira Friday evening programs.
We hope you can join us for many of these exciting programs and services.