Meaningful Independent Judaism

Notes From Your Cantor

The Cantors Assembly Western Region again had its annual mid-winter conference together with the American Conference of Cantors and the Guild of Temple Musicians this last month.  It was a wonderful retreat in which the Rabbi and I had time to spend with our colleagues and discuss important Jewish and congregational matters. Services reflected the diversity of practice throughout our movements in liberal Judaism and it brought home to us how special what we do at Beth Shalom is in terms of the San Gabriel Valley Jewish Community.  

To that end, I invite you to again enjoy our Siddur Kol Shalom service on Saturday February 21.  We have breakfast ahead of the service at 9:00 am and then the service commencing at 9:45 am and concluding at 11:15 am. It is a warm and participatory service with much beautifully accompanied music that everyone can follow.  All who have come have said how wonderful a Shabbat morning can be with this shorter more concise format.  We pray and learn together in a wonderful atmosphere of community that has the ever present feel of tradition, but also a modern sense of timing and fluidity.  If you have not tried it, come and participate and see what people are talking about.  Make it a priority to learn something new about our traditions and see how they actually manifest themselves in a great mix that everyone finds meaning in who attends. 

Hazzan Lance H. Tapper

Hazzan Lance H Tapper

Beth Shalom of Whittier 14564 Hawes Street Whittier, CA 90604 Parking - 14545 Mulberry Drive 1.562.941.8744