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Music Director, David Sparr

Having worked as a full time professional musician since graduating from the University of Michigan in the 1970’s, David has had the privilege of working with a variety of musical celebrities, including Sarah Caldwell, Linda Hopkins and Joel Grey. David loves that he has been able to learn and perform a wide range of music (jazz, reggae, salsa, klezmer, opera, blues, tango, R&B, etc.) and part of his philosophy as Music Director at Temple Ohabei Shalom is to incorporate many of those influences into our liturgy to keep our music fresh, exciting, and inspirational. David says that he likes to think of making the service “dance.”

Rabbi Berkman: The Priestly Blessing

Listen to Rabbi Berkman's vocals and David Sparr's instrumentals and arrangement. Read Rabbi Berkman's blog post about the priestly blessing here.

David Sparr writes: I’ve always thought Rabbi Berkman’s voice would pair wonderfully with a string quartet. Recently, while remembering her singing the Priestly Blessing on the 2nd Day of Rosh Hashanah (to the Yiddish melody of Oifn Pripichik), I was inspired to write this string quartet arrangement to accompany her. In this recording, since I don’t have access to a real string quartet, I am playing all the parts from a keyboard. But hopefully in the future we can revisit this arrangement using real string players!

Ya'aloz Sadai: The Voices of Ohabei Shalom-Past & Present

This is a special setting of two lines of Psalm 96, music composed by the Israeli group Nava Tehila, and arrangement by our own David Sparr.

After creating all of the instrumental tracks, to make it even more special, David invited eleven singers who have all have played a role in the music of Ohabei Shalom over the past 20 years to lend their voices to this project. Eight of them have brief solos, and you can hear them in this order:

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman – 2017-present / Rabbi (she also has the last solo)
Joshua Cohen –2017-present / Music Educator
Cantor Randall Schloss – 2007-2016 / Cantor
Cantor Robbie Solomon – 1991-2005 / Cantor
Cantor Rick Lawrence – 2012-2014 / Cantorial Intern
Cantor Maayan Harel – 2017-present / High Holy Day soloist, B’nei Mitzvah tutor
Cantor Shana Onigman – 2005-2007 / Cantor
Avi Davis – 2019-present / High Holy Day Soloist

In addition, in the ensemble parts we also have the beautiful voices of:
Daniel Anderson – 2015-present / Education Programs Coordinator
Cassie Samuels – 2019-present / Youth Engagement & Administration Coordinator
Naomi Gurt Lind – 2013-2018 / Member Outreach Coordinator
Director of Membership & Engagement Executive Director High Holy Day Soloist.

Read David's blog post about this project. 5.14.2020

Passover 2020:



Reggae Shabbat 2017:

Honoring (& Featuring)

Music Director

David Sparr


1. Or Zarua

2. L'cha Dodi

3. Sh'ma

4. Mi Chamochah

5. Hashkiveinu

6. Adonai S'fatai

7. Oseh Shalom

8. Bayom Hahu

9. Adon Olam

Thu, October 21 2021 15 Cheshvan 5782