LEARN TO CHANT TORAH!
Yes, you, too, can learn to chant Torah portions on Shabbat, using the correct trope. Beth Israel Synagogue will offer a series of classes this fall on learning the ta’amei ha-mikra (Torah cantillation marks, or trope). No previous Torah chanting experience is presumed, but you will need to know how to read Hebrew at least basically. It is not necessary to be able to read musical notation. All of the tropes used in regular Shabbat Torah chanting will be covered (the course will not cover the special tropes used for holidays or the haftarah trope). The course will also cover the function of cantillation marks as an aid to understanding the Biblical text and as a guide for stressing the correct syllable, as well as some of the common problem areas of proper Hebrew pronunciation. Frank Goldsmith will teach the classes. Written materials will be provided. There is a charge, payable to Congregation Beth Israel, of $18 for CBI members and $36 for non-members.
The classes will be taught on six consecutive Sunday evenings beginning on October 22 and concluding on November 26, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the downstairs conference room at Temple Beth HaTephila. Each student will also be offered an aliyah to chant after completion of the course. Thus you will have plenty of time to practice before stepping up to the bima!
To register for the classes, please contact the synagogue office, 828-252-8660, or email@example.com. Please call by no later than Monday, October 2, so that we will have time to prepare sufficient materials for all students.