Music of WRT

Music is the spiritual backbone of our worship and a hallmark of our cultural expression. Drawing on a rich and diverse musical history, we seek to balance tradition and innovation, and our melodies and musical arrangements reflect our evolving identity. There are a variety of ways to participate in the musical life at WRT: sing in a choir, pick up an instrument, or attend a class. Our music is meant to create community, lift up our artistic heritage, and beautify our congregation’s life cycle moments.

Homecoming: The Music of Westchester Reform Temple

Enjoy a collection of music that spans nearly 150 years and links together the many generations of Westchester Reform Temple. Embracing an eclectic mix of styles, these pieces celebrate our long and rich history, and include gems from the Reform movement’s European origins; vibrant, new American and Israeli voices; and composers who have touched our congregation.

Ensembles

WRT members of all ages are invited to join one of our ensembles—to help us express the spirituality and teachings of Judaism through song and connect with the WRT community.

Congregational Choir: Our adult choir enriches selected Shabbat services and other moments in the life-cycle of WRT. Join us as we explore an eclectic mix of musical styles, including Yiddish, Ladino, and Israeli repertoire, together with songs that draw on styles such as jazz, spiritual, folk, and more. Those interested should have a music reading facility or a capacity for learning music quickly. Rehearsals are held on select Thursday nights from 7:30-9:00pm.

Junior Choir: This exciting musical ensemble is open to current 5th and 6th graders and is an opportunity to have fun exploring Jewish music. Those interested should have an enthusiastic interest and capacity for learning music.

High School Choir: Talented high school students join together with our musical clergy in this select choral group that participates at High Holidays and other significant events. The choir also partners with talented instrumentalist to join together in harmony and fun.

For more information and to get involved in any of our choir groups, please contact Suzanne Saperstein at (914) 723-7727 or suzanne.saperstein@wrtemple.org.