Music of Worship
High Holy Days
A behind the scenes look at High Holiday Production at Holy Blossom Temple 2020/5781
This Cantorial classic setting of Sh’ma Koleinu was composed by Max Helfman. It was recorded live at the Erev Kol Nidre Service at Holy Blossom Temple in 2020/5781. Sung by Cantor David Rosen and accompanied by Jason Jestadt
A stirring rendition of the “R’zei” prayer composed by Stephen Richards. It performed by Cantor David Rosen, the Temple Choir and Jason Jestadt on piano.
From the 13 attributes of Mercy (Exodus 34:6-7) “Adonai Adonai” by Max Helfman was recorded for the 2020 CCRJ cross-Canada Selichot Service. Performed by Cantor David Rosen, the Temple Choir and Jason Jestadt on piano.
B’rosh Hashanah/“Who by Fire”
A perfect marriage of text between the essence of the Un’taneh Tokef prayer and the song made composed and made famous by Leonard Cohen. This recording was live is live during 2nd Day Rosh Hashanah Services, 2020/5781 recording of B’rosh Hashanah/Who By Fire.
- Cantor David Rosen:
- The Temple choir,
- Jason Jestadt, piano
- Jamie Drake, percussion
- Jonathan Craig, viola
- Mary Katherine Finch, cello
- Composers: I. Alter, J.Mendelson, D.Mutlu, L. Cohen, D. Koncelik
A collaboration of Cantors and Cantorial Soloists across Canada created for the 2020 CCRJ commemoration of Selichot. Arrangement by Judy Adelman Gershon.
Shabbat and the Festivals
“Impossible Dream/Prayer for Peace”
A mash up of this “Man of Lamancha” classic with the hope and prayer for peace. Created for the Installation Service of Cantor David Rosen as the Senior Cantor and Music Director of Holy Blossom Temple.
- Cantor David Rosen, Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto
- Cantor Mo Glazman, Temple Emanu-El, New York
- Alex Hopkins, piano
- Drew Jurecka, violin
- Composers/Arrangement: M. Leigh, J. Darion, D. Strickland, a. Hopkins
A prayer for healing, written by Craig Taubman. This video was inspired during the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. Sung by Cantor David Rosen and accompanies by Alex Hopkins on piano.
“May the Words of my Lips and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, O God.”
A lovely setting of this meditation written by R. Nelson and H. Shachter. Performed by Cantor David Rosen, Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers and Mark Selby on piano.
A collaboration of 20 cantors in honour of the WUPJ’s “Many Candles, One World” 2020 Chanukah celebration.
A lively composition celebrating the many miracles of Chanukah by Robbie Solomon. Performed by Cantor David Rosen, Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers and Mark Selby on piano.
A talmudic piece from the P’sukei D’zimra morning service liturgy composed by Ben Steinberg. This virtual collaboration is presented by Cantor Benjamin Maissner and Cantor David Rosen. Pianist, Jason Jestadt
An adaptation of Meir Finkelstein’s classic composition for the prayer for Israel, this special collaboration featured the voices of 10 of North America’s Greatest cantors in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut.
A collaboration of two wonderful choirs of different faiths celebrating the work of Frontline and Healthcare workers during the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Temple Singers Choir of Holy Blossom Temple, Toronto Canada
- Choir of Metropolitan Community Church, Toronto, Canada
- Conductor: Cantor David Rosen
- Piano: Jason Jestadt
- Composer: D. Forrest
“When You Believe”
A spirited rendition from the Disney Classic, “Prince of Egypt.” Performed by the Temple Singers of Holy Blossom as part of the 2020 Interfaith “Gifts of Light” concert.
- Soloists: Cantorial Soloist Lindi Rivers, Cantor David Rosen
- Conductor: Cantor David Rosen
- Piano: Jason Jestadt
- Composer: Stephen Schwartz
Samachti – Psalm 122
A beautiful arrangement by Charles Osborne of these poetic words from psalm 122, celebrating the sacredness of our Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Performed by the Temple Singers of Holy Blossom Temple. Conducted by Cantor David Rosen and Piano by Jason Jestadt.
“Gifts of Light” – Concert
An Interfaith Celebration of Light in honour of Healthcare and Frontline Workers.
Light These Lights/Borukh Ate
A mash-up of this yiddish classic and Debbie Friedman song in celebration of Chanukah. A heartfelt dues sung by Cantor David Rosen and his son Joel Glickman Rosen. Jason Jestadt on piano.
Chanukah Candle Blessings -Stephen Paige
A contemporary version of these sacred blessings to help us celebrate the Festival of Lights
Performed and written by Stephen Paige in honour of the “Gifts of Life” Interfaith Concert.
Coming Out of the Dark/You’ll Never Walk Alone
A mash-up of two songs that help anyone who is going through a difficult time realize the light at the end of the tunnel. Performed by Cantor David Rosen and renowned Canadian Jazz superstar, Julie Michels. Piano and arrangement by Jason Jestadt
Never Gonna Break My Faith
A soul stirring rendition of the Aretha Franklin classic sung by Canada’s mother of soul, Jackie Richardson. Piano accompaniment and arrangement by Jason Jestadt.
Time, Love and Tenderness
A new take on a Michael Bolton classic, sung by the great Julie Michels.
Piano accompaniment and arrangement by Jason Jestadt.
Light of the World/This Little Light of Mine
A a collaboration of two of Canada’s greatest souls sisters, Julie Michels and Jackie Richardson. Piano and arrangement by Jason Jestadt.
String Quartet #53 “The Lark” Mvt. #1 by F. Hayden & Holiday Medley
Performed by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra In honour of the “Gifts of Light” Interfaith concert, 2020
Song for A Winter’s Night
A beautiful rendition of a Gordon Lightfoot classic , sung by world renowned tenor, Richard Margison. Piano and arrangement by Jason Jestadt.
A stirring rendition of this Jason Robert Brown piece sung by singer/actor George Masswohl. Piano, Jason Jestadt.