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Shabbat Shalom from Cantor Anna Zhar

VaYehi Erev VaYehi Voker, Yom Sheni. “And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.”

I am thrilled to be joining the clergy team and the Peninsula Temple Sholom family as your Cantor. I knew how dedicated the people were to their congregation from the first moment I landed in Burlingame back in February 2020. Meeting Rabbi Feder, Rabbi Delson, both past president, Heidi Schell and current Board president, Jon Herstein, the entire Cantorial Search Committee, Board members, fellow staff members, and dedicated lay leaders was such a joy.

As day two becomes day three and so on and so forth, my main goal for the summer (outside of preparing for the upcoming High Holy Days) is to get to know as many congregants as possible. Although, in these unprecedented circumstances with COVID-19 it will be especially challenging! I am committed to my temple, clergy, staff and my congregants to keep this community together, and I can’t wait to make new friends! My other goal is to prepare you for your life cycle events, share in Shabbat experiences, and enhance your lives through music. These are just a few of the things that fuels my fire and deepens my love for this role as Cantor.

Another deep love that I have is Choral music. This special style of music is one of the most important components of the High Holiday season. Although singing is a very dangerous activity during this pandemic, we will make sure that our community life is meaningful and creative. To best greet the High Holidays, and its majestic sounds we will need volunteers for our virtual choir, band, and Torah readings. We need people who have a passion for music and love to sing or play instruments! (Sight reading skills are a plus, but not a requirement.) If you’re interested in joining our virtual choir, email me at cantorzhar@sholom.org. I need you AND your CONGREGATION NEEDS YOU to lend your talent to our harmony!
The rehearsals will be scheduled soon and I can assure you that it will be an unforgettable experience, as well as a great spiritual contribution to our Temple.

In readying for my new journey as your new Cantor I wanted to express my gratitude to Rabbi Dan Feder, Rabbi Lisa Delson, Rabbi Molly Plotnik, Cantor Alexandra Fox, and Karen Wisialowski for being such great friends and colleagues. Todah Rabbah to the heads of my search committee April Glatt and Lisa Rosenthal, to both past Board president, Heidi Schell and current president, Jon Herstein, to Allison Steckley – Director of Early Childhood Education, the Vaysberg family, Betsy Magen, Alison Greenspan, Stan Mainzer, Naomi Silk, and Andrea Cohn who have given generously of themselves to help me start this new era in my life. I am looking forward to marking many moments on the calendar together and I can’t wait to see you all in person soon!

L’Shalom,
Cantor Anna

Havdalah with Cantor Anna & Friends Saturday, July 25, 6:00 pm
Introduction to the community
Shma Yisrael (Kshehalev Boche) – By Russian-American Cantors (Hebrew, Russian, and English)