Music at Temple

Music is central to the spiritual life of Temple Israel. We are known for our concerts and recitals, offered at regular intervals through the year. Our liturgical choir brings a unique level of spirituality to Yom Tov and special services and new members are welcome. Support and instruction are available for anyone who wishes to learn to chant Torah or Haftorah, the blessings, or to lead a Shiva or Havdalah service.


Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Join us on the 4th Friday of each month on a musical adventure.


The Nancy Bercovitch Concert Series

The Nancy Bercovitch Concert Series is pleased to announce its first concerts of the 2018-19 season with two programmes largely dedicated to Jewish composers. The first takes place on Sunday, October 28th at 2:00 p.m. It is a performance of music for cello and piano with cellist Paul Marleyn, and pianist Dina Namer, entitled “From Jewish Life”. Paul Marleyn is Professor of Cello and Head of Strings at the University of Ottawa. He appears frequently as both a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Dina Namer is well known to Ottawa audiences as a chamber musician and teacher. She is a Continuing Adjunct Lecturer in Piano at Queen’s University.

“From Jewish Life” refers to a series of pieces by the Swiss-Jewish composer Ernst Bloch entitled “Prayer, Supplication, and Jewish Song.” The programme also will include works by Stutschewsky, Schedrin, Popper, and Secunda. There will be a little bit of Klezmer as well, with 2 traditional works: “Avreml, the Pickpocket” and “Dona, Dona.” Altogether, a delightful mix representing the many different aspects of Jewish classical music: lament, irony, humour, dance, story -telling, passion and the joy of celebration.  In addition, Paul and Dina will perform the beloved Schubert “Arpeggione Sonata.” The Marleyn/Namer concert takes place on Sunday October 28th at 2:00 p.m. at Temple Israel, 1301 Prince of Wales Drive.

On Sunday November 25th at 2:00 Leah Roseman and Dina Namer will present a programme of little known works for violin and piano entitled “Forbidden and Forgotten”. This concert will focus on three European composers who were prolific and well known during their early careers, but were subjected to the ban on performance of Jewish composers during the Third Reich. The programme features music by Achron, Goldmark and Kahn.

Tickets for both concerts are $20 for adults; children under 12 are free.