The Adult Choir performs 12 of the special songs they sing following the sermon at B’nai Mitzvah. Not pictured are Cantor Meryl Weiner, who solos, and Music Director Teddy Klaus, who leads the choir. The choir has recorded this music which is available on CD. See the translations below.
I will praise you for You have answered me,
You have been my deliverance.
A stone the builders spurned
Has become the chief cornerstone
This is the Lord’s work,
It is wonderful in our eyes.
The Lord has made this day of triumph,
Let us be glad and rejoice on it.
For all these things,
(May your name) be blessed and praised.
(Your name) our sovereign always, forever and ever.
Let all who live affirm You
and praise the God of our deliverance.
Blessed are You, Adonai
Your name is goodness.
Blessed is God and blessed is God’s name
and You are worthy of thanksgiving.
I have set the Eternal always before me;
God is at my side, I shall not be moved.
Therefore does my heart exult
and my soul rejoice; my being is secure.
For you will not abandon me to death
nor let your faithful ones see destruction.
You show me the path of life;
Your presence brings fullness of joy;
enduring happiness is your gift.
I rejoiced when they said unto me: “Let us go unto the house of the LORD.”
Our feet are standing within thy gates, O Jerusalem;
Jerusalem, built to be a city where people come together as one!
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; may those who love you prosper!
For the sake of my people,my friends, I pray you find peace.
For the sake of the house of the Adonai our God I will seek your good.
He who makes peace in His high places
May He bring peace upon us
May He bring peace, may He bring peace
Peace upon us and on all of Israel
From generation to generation we will tell of Your greatness
and through all eternity we will sanctify Your holiness,
and Your praise, our God,
will not depart from our mouths forever and ever.
For you are the Almighty who is King; Great and Holy.
Blessed are You, Adonai, the Almighty, the Holy One
Today the world is born anew
This day, the whole of creation stand before You to be judged
As we are Your children,
As we are Your servants,
love us in the way of mothers and fathers.
As we are Yours in service,
guide us by the light of Your justice, grace and holiness.
Let the wishes of our lips
be pleasing before You, God most high.
You are knowing and attentive
watchful and aware when we dry out.
Lovingly, favorably receive
Our service of shofarot
Let the name of God be blessed now and forever.
From the rising of the sun until its going down,
God’s name is to be praised.
God is exalted above all nations.
God’s glory is above the heavens.
Who is like Adonai our God?
Enthroned on high.
Who looks down low upon the heavens and the earth.
God raises the poor from the dust,
lifts up the needy from
the refuse heap,
even princes of God’s people.
God sets the childless woman among her household as a happy mother of children.
Our days are like grass.
We shoot up like flowers that fade
and die as the chill wind passes
over them, Yet Your love for those
who revere You is everlasting.
Your righteousness extends to all generations.