The spiritual leaders of “Your Shul by the Sea” are tremendously supported by our ever-popular “Your Band by the Sea.” Directed by Rabbi David, the Temple Beth-El band provides a musical foundation and spiritual envelope for services and celebrations. Bringing special joy and inspiring plenty of dancing on Shabbat and holidays, “Your Band by the Sea” is living proof that Jews can have fun in shul!
Rabbi Shohama Wiener (guitar and percussion) — Rabbi Shohama, a longtime guitarist, was an associate of Shlomo Carlebach and keeps her skills fresh with regular master classes. Her Waters of Healing and other original works have entered into liturgies in many congregations.
Alan Dattner (harmonica and percussion) — Alan has played blues, folk and Cajun harmonica for decades, keeping skills fresh with master classes and jams on his worldwide travels. Alan also is a master rainsticker, having studied with the rain on a thin roof for years. By day, Dr. Alan practices holistic dermatology and medicine.
Joshua Davidowitz (violin, on leave) — Josh is an accomplished musician with extensive experience in the New York classical music scene. His current credits include principal viola for the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble. (Also pictured is Jonathan Davidowitz, guest performer in our islandwide Junior Clapping League.)
Steve Gottlieb (saxophone) — Steve is an accomplished saxophonist and sound engineer who performs regularly in professional and coffeehouse settings in the tri-state area. When not blowing his horn, Steve works in the insurance and healing-arts professions (roles rarely commingled).
Rabbi David Markus (director, keyboard and vocals) — Rabbi David has trained in piano, voice, theory, composition, jazz improvisation and choral direction. A longtime a cappella director and vocalist, he was famously offered a place in Juilliard’s conducting program for which he didn’t apply. He turned it down because, he said at the time, he wanted to be a lawyer.
Monty Renov (bass and acoustic guitar) — Monty is a bassist and acoustic guitarist with deep roots in the music scene. Known occasionally as a “rock ‘n’ roll troubador,” Monty’s music has taken him to Europe, recording studios, and even open-mike nights on City Island. Monty is certified in biofeedback, which apparently is different from acoustic feedback.