Music at TBR - TBR Choirs


Kol Rishon (First Voice) Adult Choir

Soprano to Bass, come find your place! High school students and adults of all ages are welcome to join. Ability to read music and Hebrew are helpful, but not required. We especially need male singers. New members are welcome to join the Kol Rishon choir at any time.

The Kol Rishon choir participates in services frequently throughout the year by lending the force of their collective voices to enhance our worship experience:

  • Prior to the High Holidays, Kol Rishon devotes a great deal of time in rehearsal to polish their knowledge of the liturgical music. Their outstanding participation in each of our High Holiday services greatly augments our appreciation of the service.

  • In several Shabbatot throughout the year, Kol Rishon performs, sometimes along with soloists, to bring the majesty of music into our sanctuary. The choir is highlighted on Shabbat Shira, a musical Shabbat Evening Service featuring our adult choir with its vast repertoire of both classical and contemporary choral compositions.  

  • Kol Rishon performs in various Nursing Homes throughout the year, sharing the healing nature of music with senior citizens who otherwise would not have the opportunity to enjoy the music.

Upcoming Performances:  

Friday, February 10 – Shabbat Shira: Sabbath of Song
Friday, March 24 – Craig Taubman Shabbat
Sunday, March 26 – Inter-Choral Community Choirs Freedom Concert
Friday, April 7 – Pre-Passover Shabbat
Friday, April 28 – Celebrate Israel Shabbat
Monday, May 1 – Yom Atzmaut: Israel Independence Day Community Concert
Friday, May 19 – Shabbat Evening Service Marking the Ordination of Our Rabbinical and Cantorial Interns
Friday, June 2 – Volunteer Recognition Shabbat

Rehearsals take place on either Mondays or Wednesday evenings.  See the temple calendar for exact dates. 

If you are interested in joining Temple Beth Rishon’s outstanding Adult Choir please contact Cantor Ilan Mamber or at 201-891-4466.


Zemer Rishon (First Song) Teen Choir

Zemer Rishon is our teen choir composed of students from 7th to 12th grades. The teen choir performs at a number of our cultural, holiday, and community events, as well as Shabbat services throughout the year.

Our Cantorial Intern, Summer Greenwald-Gonella, directs the choir and the children truly respond to this exceptional young woman. Summer began singing in a youth choir at a very young age and has a passion for youth choir singing. She has created a fun and meaningful experience for all participants. 

Zemer Rishon hold rehearsals on Sundays from 12:00pm-1:00pm. 

There is NO fee for this special program!  Teens from the community are welcome too!

Upcoming Performances:

Friday, February 10 - Shabbat Shira, Sabbath of Song
Sunday, February 26 – Youth Choir Festival
Sunday, March 10-12 - Purim Weekend
Friday, April 7 – Pre-Passover Shabbat
Friday, May 19 – Shabbat Evening Service Marking the Ordination of Our Rabbinical and Cantorial Interns

For more information or to register contact either Cantor Ilan Mamber or at 201-891-4466 or Cantor Summer or at 209-761-3082.