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Shabbat Shirah Service with Guest Artists Cantor Doug Cotler & Rabbi Cantor Kyle Cotler

Friday, April 5, 2024 26 Adar II 5784

6:30 PM - 7:30 PMTemple B'nai Torah

Join us for a spirited evening of Shabbat Shirah led by Rabbi Molly and guest artists Cantor Doug Cotler & his son Rabbi Cantor Kyle Cotler. 

Doug Cotler is a Grammy award-winning composer and an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, and musician. His son, Rabbi Cantor Kyle studied at the Academy for Jewish Religion in California and is now a fourth-generation cantor and first-generation rabbi. See below for more information about these artists. 

We will start with a potluck dinner at 6:00pm and then head over to the TBT "living room" at 6:30pm for this special Kabbalat Shabbat experience. Planning to attend our Community Potluck beforehand at 6:00pm? Please click here to register so we can anticipate headcount for tables. 

Shabbat Shirah is an alternative prayer experience, focusing on a theme and blending Jewish and secular music to feed your soul. This service includes our prayer for healing and the Mourner's Kaddish.


Doug Cotler is a Grammy Award-winning composer and an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, and musician. Cotler tours the country extensively sharing his innovative music with Jewish communities everywhere.

Blessed with a warm and expressive voice, Cotler’s sensitive and penetrating interpretations of liturgy as well as his insightful and humorous songs about Jewish events and heroes have placed him in the forefront of contemporary Jewish music. 

Cotler’s musical career includes composing the symphony, “The Golem,” which was performed by Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, performing country, pop and rock music with such well-known artists as John Denver, Jerry Jeff Walker and Mason Williams, and recording eight original Jewish music albums. Cotler’s 1984 Grammy was awarded for writing “Manhunt,” a powerful song featured in the hit album and movie, “Flashdance.” The song has sold over 20 million copies. 

His multi-faceted abilities as a performer, composer, producer and teacher have uniquely defined Doug’s career. For 14 years, Doug was the musical producer of the Union for Reform Judaism’s National Biennial Conventions.  His signature songs, “Listen” and “Standing on the Shoulders” are iconic standards in contemporary Jewish American culture.

With his father, a Cantor, providing training from the age of nine, Cotler’s professional career began at 14, singing in Southern California synagogues and Jewish Community Centers. When Doug was 23, his father passed away; he assumed his father’s position as Cantor at a large reform congregation in the Bay Area.

Doug was the founding clergy of Congregation Or Ami, in Calabasas, California, and served as its Cantor for 25 years.  A native Californian and resident of Woodland Hills, California, Doug and his wife Gail, have two sons, Rabbi Cantor Kyle and Noah. 

Rabbi Cantor Kyle comes from a long line of Jewish music – his great-grandfather was a Chazzan in Russia; his grandfather, Ted, served in Ventura; and his father, Doug, is the cantor emeritus at Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas. Cantor Kyle studied at the Academy for Jewish Religion in California and is now a fourth-generation cantor and first-generation rabbi. That has to be some kind of record! 


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