Music plays a central role in the Jewish experience. It uplifts us and serves as a spiritual connection to the past and present. The inclusion of vocal and instrumental music in connection to prayer is neither a new phenomenon nor something unique to Reform Judaism. In fact, references to instrumental music can be found in the Tanach, Talmud and numerous Jewish writings throughout the ages.
Temple Sinai embraces music as an important aspect of our religious services. Each week, talented Jewish musicians accompany Rabbi Annie Belford on the bemah, weaving traditional and contemporary melodies together to create a joyful and meaningful prayer experience.
Josh Levine began serving Temple Sinai as a cantorial soloist in 2009, and he now serves many other temples in the Houston area as well. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in choral music education from the University of Houston, where he was active in both the choral and opera programs. He directed the student-founded, multi-conductor choral ensemble Ardore, a group focused on educating and supporting aspiring choral conductors. He was also a section leader in the school’s Concert Chorale. While a member of this prestigious ensemble, the group won major international choral competitions in Germany in both 2013 and 2015. In addition to his work as a professional cantorial soloist, Josh is an assistant choir director at Spring High School in Spring ISD.