Cantor Appelbaum


Welcome to the Cantor's Corner. Please browse our 3 musical ensembles and consider sharing your musical ability and passion with the TBT community.

In my years here at Temple Beth Torah, I have worked hard to impart my enthusiasm and commitment for Jewish music, prayer, and education to our adult and youth community. I am looking forward to being a part of your experience, whether it is at services, through the B'nei Mitzvah program, through our programming, or just a visit to my office.

If you want to discuss getting involved or any issue, please call 631-643-1200 ext 319 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Choir
Teen Band
Adult Band
Torah
Concert


CHOIR

You don't have to read music, all you have to do is love singing. One rehearsal will convince you to join. Give it a try. We rehearse for 5 weeks, once a week, before a Shabbat service. Find time in your schedule to do what you love. You won’t regret it.
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TEEN BAND

Do you play an instrument or sing? This is for you. Stayed involved with TBT playing modern Jewish rock at exciting services that blow off the roof with ruach. We rehearse for 5 weeks, once a week, before a Shabbat service. Find time in your schedule to do what you love. You won’t regret it.
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ADULT BAND

If you play an instrument or sing, and enjoy learning the exciting Modern Jewish music that is enhancing and renewing prayer, and inspiring congregations around the world, then this is what you have been waiting for. We rehearse for 5 weeks, once a week, before a Shabbat service. Find time in your schedule to do what you love. You won’t regret it.
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TORAH

If you are preparing for a Bar or Bar Mitzvah service at TBT, you will spend four months studying with me one-on-one to prepare your Torah portion. I love teaching cantillation to our students and having the privilege of watching them progress and take pride in what they accomplish. Students are actually exposed to the melodies of Torah Trope before they begin B'nei Mitzvah lessons. Our student's first become acquainted with the melodies of Torah when they learn the V'ahavta in religious school. The way we chant the V'ahavta at services is not a song, it is Torah cantillation, because the V'ahavta, as we chant it in the Reform Jewish tradition is a combination of verses of Torah from Deuteronomy and Numbers.

Click V'ahavta text to read the text from our prayerbook Mishkan T'filah.
Click V'ahavta chanting to hear me chanting the verses.
If you never learned the V'ahavta, perhaps now is your opportunity. If you have a student in the religious school, learn it along with them. Happy chanting!

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APRIL 2016 CONCERT

On Sunday April 3rd I will be performing a concert that is part of my final project, as I conclude my studies this year at Hebrew Union College. This is going to be a fully produced event, complete with guest artists, Jewish and secular music and original compositions. I will be singing some of the music that has inspired me to choose the path of the Cantorate -- compositions that continue to move me, and remind me of the complex and beautiful relationship of music and Judaism. This will be a very special evening. Please save the date. We are forming a committee to help with this event. I would be delighted if you would work with me to make this a very special occasion. If you are interested, please call or e-mail me. For more information, click Cantor's Concert.

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