- 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
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!
About Karen Pincus: As a prayer leader serving South Florida for the past nine years, Cantorial Soloist Karen Pincus has led religious services for Temple Beth Am, Temple Israel, Temple Bat Yam, UF Hillel, and the Key’s JCC. A member of the Guild of Temple Musicians since 2009, Karen is a Refuat Ha-Nefesh fellow of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and fulfills the mitzvah of bikur cholim by leading a monthly healing service at the new Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Hospital in Kendall. You can hear Karen singing on the recently released Temple Beth Am Jewish Jewels cd, The Misheberach Song for Mishkan Miami which she recorded for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation in 2013, on her CD, Karen Rae, At Last, and on two of Jewish singer/songwriter, Susan Linder’s, CD’s, Singin’ With Susan, Too! and Shabbat Singing’ With Susan, among others. After working in the field of Accounting for most of her professional life, Karen made the bold decision to follow her heart and return to school in 2014 and graduated in December 2016 with a Religious Studies BA, Certificate of Judaic Studies, and a Certificate in the Study of Spirituality from Florida International University. Karen is very happy to be returning to Temple Israel’s vibrant spiritual community as the guest Cantorial Soloist in the lovely Bertha Abess Sanctuary where she began her cantorial soloist career in 2008 and looks forward to joining Rabbi Moshe Tom Heyn and uplifting the Temple Israel kahal through sacred song and prayer.
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."