Words and Music for the Heart & Soul

“The musical programs I’ve developed are designed to foster a sense of belonging to our synagogue, our community, our people, and our heritage.” Cantor Eyal Bitton

Cantor Bitton’s programs are designed for congregants to connect to t’filah and to a sense of belonging to one’s synagogue, one’s community, one’s people, and one’s heritage. Below is a sampling of some of the programs planned for 2019.

Shabbat Services

SHIR! A Musical Shabbat

Second Fridays, 6:15pm

Immerse yourself in the musical ruach of Kabbalat Shabbat and make it a truly uplifting experience. With Cantor Eyal Bitton, the Koleinu Choir and the Shir! Musical Ensemble.

Hollywood Shabbat

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Come hear our Shabbat liturgy set to music from such classics as Gilligan’s Island, James Bond, The Godfather, Chariots of Fire, and more as Cantor Eyal Bitton sets the service to iconic melodies from TV and the big screen. Part of Cantor Bitton’s Cantorial Kitsch series.

Sephardic Shabbat

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Jewish synagogue music is a rich and global tapestry. This Shabbat morning, Cantor Bitton employs Moroccan nusach and peppers the service with traditional Sephardic melodies.

Musical Talks

Jewish Rock Stars: A Musical Lecture

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:00pm

Cantor Bitton takes a wild look at some legendary and sometimes outrageous Jewish rock stars, including Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Gene Simmons, David Lee Roth, Bette Midler, and others. What makes them great? What makes them outrageous? And how Jewish are they?

Les Miz’s Jewish Composer


In this fascinating and entertaining presentation featuring live musical performances and in-depth analysis, Cantor Bitton explores the musical genius of Claude-Michel Schonberg, composer of “Miss Saigon,” “Les Miserables,” and other works.


This is Us: A CNS 150 Concert

Sunday, June 2, 2019, 7:00pm
Light reception at 6:00pm

$12/Member | $18/Non-Member | $36/Patron

A gala concert in celebration of Congregation Neveh Shalom’s 150th anniversary featuring musical performances by Cantor Eyal Bitton, Ilene Safyan, the Koleinu Choir, and the CNS Concert Band led by Chris Hardin, along with narration by Rabbi Eve Posen.


Koleinu Choir

Koleinu, our synagogue choir, has a rich history in Neveh Shalom. We have a wide range of singers with varied backgrounds and levels of expertise. We are guided by Cantor Eyal Bitton, Choral Director Becca Stuhlbarg and accompanist Barry Lavine.  If you are moved spiritually by the power of music, or if you just want to sing with a small havurah, please consider visiting a rehearsal. There is no formal audition, but you will be asked to meet with our Choral Director before you become a Koleinu member. Koleinu meets Monday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45pm in Stampfer Chapel. Contact: Joni Cady: joni.cady@gmail.com, 503.539.4797. Choral Director: Becca Stuhlbarg: writebecca@gmail.com, 831.325.3489

Koleinu Youth Choir

Neveh Shalom’s new youth choir will sing at select events and services in the year. To become a member, contact Cantor Eyal Bitton.

Upcoming Events

Mon 27

Koleinu Choir Rehearsal

Monday, January 27 | 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 30

Les Miz’s Jewish Composer with Cantor Eyal Bitton

Thursday, January 30 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Feb 03

Koleinu Choir Rehearsal

Monday, February 3 | 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Feb 10

Koleinu Choir Rehearsal

Monday, February 10 | 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Feb 17

Koleinu Choir Rehearsal

Monday, February 17 | 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

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