Shabbat Services with Guest Cantor


You are invited TONIGHT (1/29) at 8pm to join Rabbi Heather Miller, Lay Leader Tamara Kline, and guest Cantor Shula Kalir-Merton for Friday Shabbat Services on January 29, 2016. Services end at approximately 9:15pm, followed by refreshments. New friends are welcome!

The service will be live-streamed! To view a live-stream go to BCC’s Ustream channel at Enjoy our Shabbat Services and special events while they are happening live!

Cantor Shula has served as California’s Temple Beth El’s Cantor since 1988. She was born and raised in Jerusalem, and is the daughter of the late Rabbi Joseph Kalir and Hilda Kalir, both holocaust survivors from Germany.

Shula received her early education in Israel and her secondary education in Goteborg, Sweden, where her father held a rabbinical pulpit. After attending Boston University and the Hebrew Teachers College in Boston, Massachusetts, she moved to the west coast to work in the field of Jewish Education and to exercise her passion for Jewish music. She performed as a vocalist on the local Jewish scene, in several tours of college campuses in the western states, and in concerts throughout Europe.

Upon the suggestion of Rabbi Krause, who had heard her perform, Shula entered the Cantorate. She completed the four year course of cantorial studies in just three years under the tutelage of Cantor William Sharlin in Los Angeles.

In 1998, Shula returned to the German town where her late father was rabbi to sing at a ceremony in his honor. “I’m going there with mixed feelings because of the painful history there,” she told the Los Angeles Times, “but I’m going with a feeling of pride to honor the memory of my father.”

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