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		                                    Music nourishes the soul		                                </span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Sing. Dance. Celebrate. Experience how the music of Temple Israel is the heartbeat of our congregation.</span>
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		                                    Music nourishes the soul		                                </span>
		                            <span class="slider_description">Sing. Dance. Celebrate. Experience how the music of Temple Israel is the heartbeat of our congregation.</span>

The purpose of music at Temple Israel is to transform lives by reaching worshippers' hearts with Jewish prayer. We are always looking for melodies, instrumentation, and ways of leading a service that will truly give direction and space to our spirit and breath. Until our congregants' faces are radiant and glowing as they are singing a prayer, we keep looking for music that will reach more effectively into their hearts and souls.

Cantors Smolash and Michaels lead the music department as a cohesive team, bringing life to our worship and lifecycle events, and directing a canopy of programming, concerts and offerings for our Temple community. Throughout this section you can download our albums for listening or learning, catch up on our latest videos, and learn more about Temple’s exciting services and concerts.

The Zipser Foundation Artist in Residence:
Aaron Markovitz

The Burton A. Zipser and Sandra D. Zipser Foundation has generously underwritten the full cost of bringing an established recording artist to Temple for another year. Temple Israel is so fortunate to welcome our new Zipser Foundation Artist in Residence, Aaron Markovitz.


Born and raised in the Metro Detroit area, Aaron Markovitz has been a regular on the Detroit music scene after releasing a debut album with his band, Escaping Pavement, in 2012. Since then, that group has taken him on a decades long musical journey. Logging many miles and hundreds of shows across the United States. From festivals to theatres to house concerts, regional folk conference showcases and much more. Escaping Pavement hit it’s stride back in 2016 after the release of their Detroit Music Award winning Album “The Night Owl” on which Aaron was a songwriter on all but two tracks. After that, the group was selected to play the Listening Room Network festival in St. Petersburg, FL and was also awarded artist of the year by the Listening Room Network, a national network of house concert hosts. Other notable performances include an official showcase at the Folk Alliance Midwest region conference and the Wheatland music festival in Remus, MI.

In his early years, Aaron attended religious school at Temple Israel and had his Bar Mitzvah back in 2000. In the years since, He spent some time in California, graduating from the Los Angeles College of Music for guitar performance. Then moving on to begin his professional music career with a stint at Universal Studios Hollywood along with cruise ship work on Royal Caribbean and Oceania cruise lines. Through a recent mutual connection at a popular local music venue where he has performed many shows, Aaron was reacquainted with Temple after being invited to perform at a Kabbalat Shabbat service earlier this year. Aaron is very excited to be able to bring his musical talents and creative input to Temple Israel in the coming year. You’ll be seeing Aaron on the bimah at services and giving concerts, workshops and other various programs. Also keep an ear out for a release of original music form Aaron in collaboration with Temple Israel in 2023!

A heartfelt thanks to the Burton A. Zipser and Sandra D. Zipser Foundation for their generous support. Burton was a friend of both Cantors Smolash and Michaels, and it warms our hearts to share Burton’s overflowing love of music with the Temple and Michigan community through this dynamic program.

Temple Israel is pleased to announce that Markovitz's debut Jewish album "An Infinite Wave" will be available at no charge on September 1st, 2023 on Temple Israel's website, and wherever you listen to music! This exciting project will provide a whole world of captivating worship music for our beloved community. 

Learn More About Previous Zipser Foundation Artists in Residence


Temple’s Concert Series provides a rich season of Jewish music to the thousands who attend our concerts annually. Recent highlights include:

  • A Laker Concert, starring our own Cantor Michael Smolash, in an afternoon of lighthearted song and story with a handpicked band from New York City. Our Irving Laker Guest artist, Todd Herzog added his silky voice and brilliant musicianship to our torah dedication service.
  • The Schmier Chamber Series included national names like Brooklyn’s Project Trio as well as local gems such as the Mack sisters.
  • To ensure our younger members also connected with the best in Jewish music, Rick Recht brought his rock band to Temple’s Religious school for an Apel concert that raised the roof!
  • The Robert Sosnick Family Life Center in conjunction with The Caring Community presents a variety of great concerts. Enjoy beautiful music with your friends in a warm setting followed by refreshments. These programs are open to the community free of charge, and are always on the third Thursday of the month from April through October at 1:30 pm. 

We look forward to another season that will uplift and entertain, and we thank our many donors and supporters, who have again put your trust in us to bring exceptional talent to the community. To help ensure the success of our Concert Series, your contribution is a wonderful way to honor a loved one, and to show your dedication to the uplifting power, music can have on the soul. 

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If you have any questions regarding any of these events, please contact the Temple Israel Offices at 248-661-5700.


Temple is so proud to present the Shalva Band in a custom recorded concert tailored for our community. Music was Stephen’s passion and he loved sharing it. Had this gifted soul had more time in this world, his parents are sure he would have become a professional musician, and shared his creative spirit with so many. Sadly, the husband and father of three passed away in 2008. It is through Stephen’s love of music that his parents, Harold and Sarah Gottlieb, have established an endowment at Temple Israel to create two Cantorial Chairs and an annual concert bearing their son’s name. Stephen’s passion and the Shalva Band’s mission are in such beautiful sympathy and resonance. It fills our hearts with pride that Shalva’s first appearance in Michigan will be at this year’s Stephen Gottlieb Concert.

Questions? Contact Maya Grinboim at 

Funded by the Sarah & Harold Gottlieb Endowment Fund in loving memory of Stephen Gottlieb.

 Watch on YouTube 

Laker Concert FEATURING
Shiri Maimon

Shiri Maimon comes to you with an intimate and exciting online concert in which she performs the best of her greatest hits set to unique piano arrangements.

Shiri is an Israeli pop and R&B recording artist, TV show host and actress. One of the most prominent and successful singers of the last decade in Israel, Shiri has a rare vocal ability, and a one-of-a-kind stage presence. She has three hit albums out, and in addition to her own packed concert tours, has starred on Broadway in the musical Chicago, and has appeared everywhere from Eurovision to the MTV Music Awards, to Judging The X Factor.

Temple Israel is grateful to the Laker family for sponsoring this concert In loving memory of Sarah & Harry Laker.

If you missed the Laker Concert featuring pop star Shiri Maimon on December 13th, 2020 live streamed from Israel, click below to see more!

 Watch Shiri's Concert Sampler


Move Like Graggers Remix
Purim Song

Shema ( Shema Yisrael)
by Anna Brooks

Original Purim Song
Cantors Smolash & Michaels

Purim Song - The End of the Book

Sam Kay - Raise Your Voice

Hinei Ma Tov from
"With One Breath"

Music Samples





Temple Kidsrael
Temple Kidsrael
In loving memory of Stephen Gottlieb

This exciting project provides a whole world of captivating and educational songs for our ECC aged children, along with a brand new book about Israel, and videos to bring the music right into your homes.

The entire Temple Kidsrael project was fully underwritten through a generous gift from the Gottlieb family in loving memory of Stephen Gottlieb. We know this engaging music and inspiring book will share his love of music with countless Temple families.

Listen and Download Now >

With One Breath Album
With One Breath
In loving memory of Stephen Gottlieb

With One Breath brings together the most beloved melodies from our Kabbalat Shabbat services. Featuring thrilling musicians from Detroit, Toronto and Tel Aviv, and the gorgeous voices of our full music team at Temple, listeners are in for a real treat.

Listen and Download Now >

Chanukah EP - Light Up the Night - Jacob Spike Kraus
Light Up the Night (EP)
New Chanukah Music from Jacob Spike Kraus

The age old joke that “all the best Christmas songs were written by Jews” inspired Jacob to take that same musical style Americans hold close when the weather gets cold, and infuse his original melodies and lyrics with Jewish cultural themes: light, perseverance, miracles, and of course latkes and dreidels. This is true American holiday music in the style of Frank Sinatra and Carol King.

Listen and Download Now >

Kavanat Haruach
(Focusing the Spirit) The Kabbalat Shabbat
music of Temple Israel

Kavanat Haruach is Temple Israel’s first CD of worship music for Friday nights. Tracks from Kavanat Haruach have been featured on the Union for Reform Judaism’s Ruach CD, as well as on the Songbook and CD for Kabbalat Shabbat at the URJ’s Biennial Convention.

More Info and Samples >

To get the CD, call Temple Israel at 248-661-5700

We Are One
Celebrating the Music of Temple Israel's Shabbat Unplugged.

We Are One is dedicated to Wendy and Rabbi Paul Yedwab and their 25 years of building, inspiring, and elevating Temple Israel and our Jewish Community.

Listen to Tracks and Download Charts >

To get the CD, call Temple Israel at 248-661-5700

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