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Music & Prayer

Music, as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel taught, provides the catalyst for connecting the disparate elements of the finely woven tapestry of (Kevah) the fixed words of liturgy–and (Kavanah) our deepest, truest intentions to reach and serve God. At North Shore Congregation Israel, we search for ways to fill Kevah with Kavanah. We explore the possibility that music can function in many ways including:


1) Praising God

2) Providing a deeper understanding of our sacred texts.

3) Resonating with our community 

4) Linking us to our history

5) Connecting us to our coreligionists around the world

6) Allowing us to explore the awesome nature of God

7) Creating moments of introspection 

8) Deepening our relationships within our families


Here at NSCI you will find music infused into every aspect of our community’s life. We invite you to join us on a sacred journey with music as our vehicle.


Click HERE to listen to an archive audio of Cantor Benjamin Landsman, NSCI's first cantor.


Upcoming Music Events

Post Kabbalat Shabbat Concert - Two Columns Harp Duo

featuring Eleanor Kirk and Julie Spring

Friday, May 12th at 8:00 PM.


Steans Jazz Musicians 

Friday, June 9th at 8:00 PM. 

This will be the first of three Steans concerts—June 9, July 7, and August 11. 


American Guild of Organists Concert 

Monday, June 26th from 1:00 - 3:30 PM



Recent Music Events

  • Post Kabbalat Shabbat Concert - Marta Aznavoorian and Janet Sung

    Friday, March 17th, 2023 at 8:00 PM

  • Violins of Hope- Exhibit and Concert

    Thursday, April 20th, 2023. Exhibit opened at 6:15 PM and the concert started at 7:30 PM.

  • Post Kabbalat Shabbat Concert - Duo Mantar - Adam Levin, Guitar and Jacob Reuven, Mandolin

    Friday, January 27th, 2023 at 8:00 PM.

  •  Post Kabbalat Shabbat Concert - Cello and Piano Soiree

    Friday, November 4th, 2022 at 8:00 PM

  • Post Kabbalat Shabbat Concert - Marta Aznavoorian with Two Chicago Symphony Orchestra Players: David Taylor on Violin and Richard Hirschl on Cello

    Friday, December 9th, 2022

  • Ravinia's Steans Music Institute Chamber Musicians

    Featuring Fellows from the RSMI 2022 Strings Program
    Friday, July 8th, 2022 at 8 p.m. - Click here to view recording

  • NSCI Presents: A Ravinia Steans Alumni Concert
    Featuring Kyle Orth on piano and special appearance by Rachel Arcega Orth on violin
    Friday, May 13th, 2022 at 8 p.m. - Click here to view recording
  • The Organ Alone and Together: A Unique Instrument for Solo and Accompaniment
    Featuring Cantor David Goldstein and NSCI Organist Paul Vander Weele

    Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 - Click here to view recording
  • Casavant Frères Organ (Stone Family Organ) Concert
    Featuring NSCI Organist Paul Vander Weele

    Friday, Dec. 10, 2021 - Click here to view recording
  • The Three Davids: Songs of Love and Praise Concert
    Featuring Cantor David Goldstein, Cantor David Margules and David Schane, pianist

    Accompanied by Paula Kosower, cellist
    Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021 - Click here to view recording

  • Ravinia Steans Music Institute Alum Concert
    Featuring Benjamin Hoffman, violin; Natania Hoffman, cello; and Joel Hoffman, piano

    Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 - Click here to view the recording

  • Post Kabbalat Shabbat Concert: Chicago Bassoon Trio
    Featuring Susan Nigro, Elizabeth Heller and Lynette Pralle

    Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 - Click here to view the recording

  • Post Kabbalat Shabbat Concert
    Featuring Marta & Ani Aznavoorian

    Friday, Aug. 13, 2021 - Click here to view the recording

  • Black Oak Ensemble:
    From Bach to Tango: A Celebration of Classics Old and New

    Saturday, June 26, 2021

Music Groups with Cantor Goldstein

Holy Chanters

Tuesdays from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. via Zoom

December 6 & 13; January 3, 17 & 31; March 14

Learn to chant with Cantor Goldstein on your lunch break! This session of Holy Chanters will focus on the cantillation of the sacred texts for the three festivals: Ecclesiastes (Sukkot), Song of Songs (Passover), and Ruth (Shavuot). 

Click here to register.
Shir Chadash

Rehearsal: Mondays at 7-8:30pm - November 28; December 5

Shabbat Worship: Friday, December 9 (5 pm rehearsal; 6:15pm service)
Join Cantor Goldstein at NSCI and meet friends who love to sing or play a musical instrument. Shir Chadash adult choir provides a rich harmony to enhance our worship experience and help create sacred moments during Shabbat, celebrations and commemorations! Our repertoire includes a variety of traditional and new genres. Please contact Sarah to register.
Healing Service - Wednesdays at 8pm on Facebook

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. - November 9, December 7

Join Cantor Goldstein for a quiet and contemplative Healing Service. Whether seeking support in navigating the circumstances in which we or our loved ones find themselves, together we can create a quiet, gentle time for prayer, meditation, and song that focuses on healing and wholeness.

You can now submit a name to be included in the upcoming service. Submissions will be used as long as they have been received by 11:59 PM on the Tuesday (day) before the service. Click here to submit a name.

Click here for the service packet.


Jewish Jammers 
No dates at this time
Gather together with Cantor Goldstein for an in-person, socially-distanced jam session at NSCI! Bring your guitar, bass, harmonica, ukulele, or other instrument and a piece of music to play with the group (we'll provide the drums). *Masks must be worn at all times while inside the synagogue. This program is open to congregants and is only for musicians; there will be no audience. Please contact Sarah to register.

Sun, May 28 2023 8 Sivan 5783