Music

Music is our Middle Name

Music is integrated in all aspects of our worship and celebration. Our two cantors and Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir enhance our Shabbat and festival services.

For over four decades, the Toronto Jewish community has been enriched by Temple Sinai’s musical gifts. With its emphasis on education and musical excellence, this series, known as Sounds of Sinai and created by Ben Steinberg, has taught generations of Torontonians about the variety and many traditions of Jewish music.

Each year, our Temple community hosts a number of toe tapping, soul touching musical events ranging from traditional Klezmer music performed by artists — local and international — to concerts for our youth, and Holocaust remembrance programs.

Our two cantors and Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir enhance our Shabbat and festival services.

Join the Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir

The Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir continues the tradition established over 40 years ago when Ben Steinberg created “Our Musical Legacy Series” to ensure that, through Temple Sinai, Jewish music could be celebrated. The Ensemble Choir performs on 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah in one of Temple Sinai’s most popular services of the year; Hallel and Yizkor services at Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot; at Temple Sinai’s highly successful creative services (in partnership with the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company of Toronto); and at other worship services throughout the year.

The Ensemble Choir also represents the Temple at community-wide zimriahs, sharing in worship with the residents at Baycrest, and other such events. In recent years the Ensemble choir has partnered in programmes with The Temple Emanu-El Choir, the Toronto Jewish Chorus, The Toronto Jewish Folk Chorus and the Upper Canada Chorale.

Join the Temple Sinai Band

Are you a musician looking for a Friday night gig? The Temple Sinai band welcomes instrumentalists to join our upbeat Shabbat ensemble directed by Cantor Charles Osborne. Come and celebrate the joy of music on Shabbat!
Like Smoke Above the Wind — 2017 Severin Weingort Musical Legacy Concert

Our Team

Cantor Charles Osborne

cantorosborne@templesinai.net

Cantor Sharon Brown-Levy

cantorbrownlevy@templesinai.net

 

What our members say...
Temple Sinai has always valued music and has made a significant contribution to the greater world of Jewish music. Over 40 years ago Ben Steinberg created “Our Musical Legacy Series” to ensure that, through our synagogue, Jewish music could be celebrated and young Jewish artists could be recognized under our roof.

Susan Wainstock

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T16:07:11-04:00

Susan Wainstock

Temple Sinai has always valued music and has made a significant contribution to the greater world of Jewish music. Over 40 years ago Ben Steinberg created “Our Musical Legacy Series” to ensure that, through our synagogue, Jewish music could be celebrated and young Jewish artists could be recognized under our roof.
Since joining the Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir about five years ago, I’ve made some wonderful new friends. Singing together, under the direction of the talented and charismatic Charles Osborne, we’ve shared many moving and spiritual moments as well as moments of hilarity and fun. Music draws people together and gives us the opportunity to communicate without words. I treasure our Tuesday evening rehearsals and the wonderful performances we’ve had the privilege to participate in.

Carol Sevitt, Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T15:42:17-04:00

Carol Sevitt, Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir

Since joining the Temple Sinai Ensemble Choir about five years ago, I’ve made some wonderful new friends. Singing together, under the direction of the talented and charismatic Charles Osborne, we’ve shared many moving and spiritual moments as well as moments of hilarity and fun. Music draws people together and gives us the opportunity to communicate without words. I treasure our Tuesday evening rehearsals and the wonderful performances we’ve had the privilege to participate in.
With a focus on providing musical excellence for over 40 years, Our Musical Legacy series has introduced us to diverse musical offerings from around the world and educated us in the many art forms in which music can be shared.

Lorne Bernstein

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto
2020-07-03T16:06:17-04:00

Lorne Bernstein

With a focus on providing musical excellence for over 40 years, Our Musical Legacy series has introduced us to diverse musical offerings from around the world and educated us in the many art forms in which music can be shared.
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