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Cantor Jeff Warschauer
TJC Newsletter Article for January 2019

Dear TJC friends,

As I write this, we are in the midst of warm and wonderful Hanukkah celebrations. As usual, TJC has been bursting at the seams with energy, and with events for all ages!
And the excitement continues into January and beyond. Here are four projects that are dear to my heart:

1) Oneg Shabbat Friday Nights (Hang Out with Cantor Jeff!)
Sing, shmooze and eat after services in a warm, welcoming and heimish
environment. Open to all! Our first Oneg Shabbat date is January 18, 2019.
Come join us, and bring family and friends.

2) The TJC Wednesday Night Singers
This informal group meets most Wednesday nights from 8-9:15 pm, and is looking for new members.
We learn songs, prepare music for the services and for special events, and thoroughly enjoy singing
and spending time together. The ability to read music is helpful, but not necessary. Please RSVP to
me if you are planning on coming:

3) (Torah) Reading is Fun-damental!
In his 2016 book, “Singing God’s Words: The Performance of Biblical Chant in Contemporary
Judaism,” ethnomusicologist Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Summit quotes Rabbi Michael Paley: “[…] there
has never been a year in Jewish history---there has never been a Shabbos!---when nobody has
leyened [chanted Torah, Yiddish]. It’s the ner tamid [Hebrew], the eternal light. That sound is the
beating heart of the Jewish people.” If you’ve never done it, you can’t imagine the incredible feeling
that you get from reading Torah, from finding your place in this astounding “Golden Chain” of
tradition! Mindy Langer and I are spearheading an ongoing effort to recruit new and returning Torah
readers to step up and read. As always, we stand ready to help in every way. For more information: or

4) Do You Remember Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah Date???
A brand-new initiative from the Religious Affairs Committee! We would like to help you
commemorate your bar/bat mitzvah anniversary on the bimah – no matter how recently or how
long ago the original date was.

You could…
• Have an Aliyah
• Chant part or all of your Haftarah (if there is no current bar/bat mitzvah that day)
• Read Torah again!

Feeling rusty? We’ll get you back up to speed!

If you’re interested, for yourself or for your kids, please contact or and we’ll help make it happen. It’s never too late!

Questions, comments, suggestions? Please don’t hesitate to reach out. And see you at TJC!

Cantor Jeff