High Holy Days 5783

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Tashlich

Tashlich, the ceremony where we symbolically cast away our transgressions as part of the process of teshuvah, is deeply reflective. Where have I missed the mark and seek to do better? With whom do I still need to make amends? Prayers and readings can be found here so that you can find meaning in this ancient tradition whether you choose to join us in-person or do-it-yourself.

High Holy Days Musicians

Sierra Fox

Cantorial Intern & Soloist

Sierra Fox, Sierra Fox, mezzo-soprano, is an internationally regarded soloist/ensemble singer with a background in interfaith outreach. Based in Philadelphia, she has sung with a vast number of sacred and secular choirs, while also touring throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. In recent years, she has served as section leader/soloist for the Mendelssohn Choir of Philadelphia, cantorial soloist at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, staff singer at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul, and lead singer/percussionist for mythic-folk band Soundweaver and interfaith Kirtan ensemble Mandala. Ms. Fox has also sung professionally with numerous other choirs/organizations, including The Thirteen, Neva Pilgrim’s Society for New Music and the Syracuse Opera Company. Ms. Fox received her BM in Voice Performance/Religion and Society from Syracuse University, followed by graduate study in Voice Performance at Temple University. She is currently in her third year of study toward Cantorial ordination at Hebrew Union College, where she is a recipient of the Women of Reform Judaism scholarship as well as a Tisch/Star Fellow. She is delighted to be serving as Student Cantor for a second year at Temple Emanuel of South Hills in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as providing musical leadership at Congregation Beth Yam in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

James Burns

Accompanist

Jim Burns is a frequent performer with groups like The Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, The Bach Choir, and The Mendelssohn Choir. As a pianist for the Civic Light Opera, he has performed in over 100 musical theater productions. He has had the pleasure of bringing music to young students through his work with educational outreach programs for Gateway to Music and Pittsburgh Opera. Presently the organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church, he has served at Temple Emanuel since 2014.

Rebecca Closson

Soloist

Rebecca Closson is an instrumental musician and music educator. Originally from the Pittsburgh area, Rebecca has played in solo engagements, chamber groups, and symphony ensembles, and has taught in preschool programs, primary school, and at the collegiate level in Illinois and Pennsylvania. As a lifelong student of the arts, Rebecca enjoys collaborating across many different platforms to engage a variety of audiences in music-making and education. Rebecca is a wife, mother of two sons, and the music teacher at the Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Development Center.

Jacob Kraus

Soloist

New York based Jacob “Spike” Kraus is a Jewish singer-songwriter whose music has been included in the cantorial curriculum of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and is featured by Jewish Rock Radio & PJ Library. Originally from Boston Massachusetts, Jacob has been song leading for over a decade at synagogues, day schools, and summer camps. Now he spends his summers touring Jewish summer camps across North America – performing, teaching, and just being generally “camp-ful”. We are excited to welcome him to High Holy Day services at Temple Emanuel as well as several Artist-in-Residence weekends throughout the year!