Yom Sheini, 12 Tammuz 5778
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אזמרה לך בכנור קדושׁ ישׂראל
I will sing praises unto You with
the harp, O Holy One of Israel.

Music plays a very important role in the worship and congregational life of Vassar Temple. To lead us in our songs of joy, praise, and thanksgiving, we are fortunate to enjoy the services of two superb musicians: our cantorial soloist, Laura Stein, and our organist, Joseph Bertolozzi.

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Laura Stein, a 5th year cantorial student at the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (DFSSM/HUC-JIR), will be Vassar Temple's cantorial soloist for the year starting July 2017.

Laura will be leading the music for the upcoming High Holy Days and at Friday night services approximately twice a month, as well as B’nai Mitzvah and Shabbaton Saturday morning services.  On occasion she will lead the music for the Religious School.

Laura grew up in Scarsdale, New York and attended Westchester Reform Temple where her family still belongs. Laura studied Spanish Literature at Washington University in St. Louis and has lived in Chile, Peru, Iceland, Tanzania and Israel! Laura is about to begin her 5th year of Cantorial School at the DFSSM.  She is passionate about pastoral care and the role of music in healing and prayer.  In addition to her cantorial work, she is also interested in traveling to different parts of the world and learning about their musical cultures.

Laura can't wait to sing with the Vassar Temple Community and to spend 5778 learning and praying together!

Please help us welcome Laura at Vassar Temple services when she is singing.  We promise you will enjoy the experience!




Our organist, Joseph Bertolozzi, is a composer of increasing reputation, with works ranging from full symphony orchestra to solo gongs. He received his B.A. in music from Vassar College, and then pursued further study at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Westminster Choir College, and The Juilliard School, as well as numerous professional workshops with ASCAP, The American Music Center, and Carnegie Hall. He was one of 144 artists in various disciplines out of over 4,500 applicants to be named a 2008 Fellow by the New York Foundation of the Arts. He used the grant he received as a Fellow in Music Composition to launch his project on Bridge Music, which has received wide press and media coverage both in the US and abroad.

Joe's artistry at the organ, combined with his ready smile and deep appreciation of Jewish liturgical music, has enriched our worship services at Vassar Temple since 1996. 

Web Site of Joseph Bertolozzi 
New York Times article on Joe and his Bridge Music  
Article on Joe and his Tower Music