• Friday, March 3: Adam Chefitz
  • Friday, March 10: Karen Pincus
  • Friday, March 17: Bill Hildebrandt accompanying the TI Singers
  • Friday, March 24: Karen Pincus
  • Friday, March 31: Bill Hildebrandt on piano with Cantorial Soloist Jessy Wald
    Friday, April 21: Rock On Shabbat with Cantor Lisa Segal

About our Guests

Adam Chefitz

About Adam Chefitz: A teenage piano prodigy who at 17 learned to read music and shortly thereafter began studying virtuoso repertoire. At 18, he played the Presto-Finale from Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" live on WTMI Classical Radio, with on-the-air praise from James Judd, then conductor of the Florida Philharmonic. He studied music at the Claremont Colleges in Los Angeles, where for his graduation recital he performed Bach's "Goldberg Variations" and Liszt's "Totentanz," and where he won the the Rudolph Polk Memorial Award in Music made possible by an endowment from Jascha Heifetz and Gregor Piatigorsky. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School multiple times and studied in Vienna during his junior year abroad. In December, 2010 he gave the world premiere of Carson Kievman's Geneva on Tuesday and in April, 2011 he gave the American premiere of Robert Chumbley's Brahmsiana II. Adam is a passionate teacher to students of all ages at the Sobe Institute of the Arts. We welcome Adam as out guest at Temple Israel!

Cantor Paul Offenkrantz

About Cantor Offenkrantz: My spiritual journey began on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. My family belonged to a conservative synagogue, and it was there that I attended Hebrew School, became a Bar Mitzvah, and continued my Jewish studies through High School and Confirmation. Early on, I became active in the temple’s Junior Congregation, often filling the role of cantor at Shabbat services. I also began singing professionally at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, where at age nine, I met the world famous cantor and operatic tenor, Richard Tucker. When Tucker found out that I was Jewish and from Brooklyn, he took me under his wing. When Tucker died suddenly, I was devastated. Shortly after his untimely passing, his widow invited me to participate in a memorial service at the small Lower East Side temple where Tucker had begun his cantorial career. I was thirteen years old. Looking back, I consider this event to have been one of the great honors of my life, as well as the moment when I first realized that I might have a “calling.”

The TI Singers

Our very own TI SIngers often grace us with song at Friday evening services. Dr. Alan Mason accompanies them.

Cantor Patti Linsky

Being "enough" is pinnacle to Patti's spiritual awakening. In 1996, Patti was in an automobile accident resulting in severe back and neck injuries. Soon after, she underwent surgery for a hernia, andher doctor accidentally cut a nerve in her leg. Following was a decade of descent into painkillers and alcohol in an effort to mask her physical and emotional pain. In 2007, Patti entered, and remains, in recovery– "It was the first time in years that I felt authentic, the first time I experienced real feelings."

Cantor Tanya Greenblatt

Cantor Tanya Greenblatt returns to TI periodically during the year, so check our weekly email to see when she joins us again!

Cantorial Soloist Allison Lonstein

We are always delighted to welcome cantorial soloist Allison Lonstein, as our musical guest. When here, she is accompanied by the temple's director of music Dr. Alan Mason on piano. Allison is "Noted as a big voiced lyric soprano in a small body, she is a...passionate singer pursuing her career in operatic performance."