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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

Casavant Frères Organ Concert (Stone Family Organ)
Friday, December 10 at 8:00 PM in the Large Sanctuary

Featuring NSCI's extraordinary Casavant Frères Organ played by our organist Paul Vander Weele. A light supper will be provided to those who attend the Kabbalat Shabbat service. This free concert is generously sponsored by Jim Stone and Madeleine & Harvey Plonsker. Please click HERE to register.


Music Groups with Cantor Goldstein

Jewish Jammers 
Mondays from 7-8:30 PM, Jan. 10 & 31 and Feb. 14 In Person*
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.
Shir Chadash

Mondays from 7-8:30 PM, Jan. 24 and Feb. 7 & 28 In Person*
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. *Masks must be worn at all times while inside the synagogue. 
Healing Service - Wednesdays at 8pm on Facebook/Streamspot

Wednesdays at 8:00 PM, Dec. 1 & 29; Jan. 12 & 26;  and Feb. 16
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.

Sun, December 5 2021 1 Tevet 5782