Temple is our home, and we kvell at the opportunity to be involved musically in its activities, whether it be as a would-be Andrew-esque, pompadoured quartet at the Annual Fundraiser or as ridiculous characters in a Purim spiel. Of course, our first love is the glorious liturgical music that is such an integral part of worship services. We all look forward to the coming High Holiday season and the magnificent music, which will surround us.
Our rolls are open. Join us. Temple Chorale has the best seats in the house!
Read more about the history of the Chorale and its activities.
Temple Chorale became a reality because of a caring congregant, Sid Gefen, who yearned for the experience of listening to a congregational choir at services. Through his good offices the Gefen Family Music Fund was established in 1988 to provide the wherewithal for this to become a reality.
Our first choir director, Danny Marmorstein began the arduous task of making a bunch of interested, but definitely individual, congregants into a choral unit. After an extended period of rehearsals and singing at Shabbat services, the first BIG challenge was presented to the group- that of singing ONE High Holiday service! Danny brought this group of scared-silly musical wannabees to a level of success with this venture that was totally unexpected by all and sundry-and the rest is history, as the man said!
Cantor Patricia Hickman and Cantor Margaret Bruner each brought us lovingly along the paths of music and Jewish education, guiding us effectively as Chorale expanded its horizons: singing all High Holiday services, participating in Jazz Shabbats with such artists as Longineau Parsons and his ensemble and Sheldon Low, as well as participating with a number of important lights in the world of synagogue music, including Craig Taubman, Rick Recht and Julie Silver.
Chorale has also enjoyed participating in numerous musical opportunities within our community at large, including two concerts with the Jacksonville Symphony, multiple combined-worship services with area church choirs, the Interfaith Council’s Festival of Faith, as well as Kristylnacht Remembrance services and Yom Hashoah services held at various synagogues and at the JCA. Temple Chorale was joined by the Jacksonville Masterworks Chorale at Temple to perform Handel’s magnificent “Judas Maccabeus”- a truly unique experience.
We are enriched constantly by our good fortune in having Jim Goodell as our Music Director. His talent, his ability, his musicality, is a constant source of amazement to us all; his spirituality and sensitivity is unmatched. In addition to maintaining, as well as enhancing, our continued experience with previously instituted programming, he has developed numerous music opportunities for Chorale, not the least of which is our annual worship service which introduces the High Holiday season – the combined S’lichot service with the Jacksonville Jewish Center, in conjunction with their choir, not to mention various music programs at Temple with the amazing Bella Voce. He leads us with knowledge and kindness. He is our mentor and our friend.