After a career at PTS spanning more than five decades, Cantor Barry Reich will become our Cantor Emeritus when he retires on July 1. Cantor’s kind heart, his passion for learning, and his musical soul have been sources of strength and inspiration to PTS for fifty years. We invite you to join us as we honor Cantor Barry and celebrate (in style!) his legacy of music, spirituality, and connections with our youth.
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Celebrate with us!

Saturday, May 5

“All That Barry” Jazz Supper Club


Friday, June 1

Community Shabbat Service


Sunday, June 3

Celebration Concert



Cantor’s kind heart, his passion for learning, and his musical soul have been sources of strength and inspiration to PTS for fifty years. We invite you to join us as we honor Cantor Barry and celebrate in style his legacy of music, spirituality, and connections with our youth.

As chazzan, choral director, and b’nai mitzvah teacher, Cantor Barry has been an essential part of our PTS community. He has shaped the musical and spiritual experience at PTS, trained thousands of b’nai mitzvah students, helped create the warm community and youth learning environment at PTS, and touched the lives of generations of congregants and community members. It’s altogether likely he has the deepest, long-time connection to our congregation’s history.

The Torah teaches that while those who retire set aside their heavy labor, they remain part of the community and hold a special role and place of honor. Ovadiah ben Abraham of Bartenura (1445-1515) teaches that those who retired continued to serve the community with wise counsel.

Cantor Barry has expressed his love of working, praying, singing, celebrating all rolled up in amazing moments of interacting with families. He looks forward to having more time with his family and to working on several fun projects already underway.

Our New Cantor: Alexandra Fox

We are thrilled to announce that Alexandra Fox will join Peninsula Temple Sholom on July 1, 2018.

Gracious and kind, Cantor Fox is also deeply passionate about Judaism and about music. Becoming a cantor has been her lifelong dream. Her extensive training, warm personality, and inspirational musical leadership make her a fantastic fit for PTS’ clergy team, and we couldn’t imagine a more perfect person to become the second cantor in our congregation’s history.
Visit Cantor Fox’s website.

Special Events

“All That Barry”

Jazz Supper Club

Saturday, May 5

A night of spectacular entertainment, delicious delicacies, cocktails and much more.

Proceeds to benefit the Cantor Barry Reich Tribute Fund, which supports musical programs, songleader training scholarships, and social action initiatives close to the Cantor’s heart.

Invitations will be sent mid-March.

Community Shabbat Service

Friday, June 1

A Shabbat service featuring a walk through Cantor Barry’s 50 years inspiring Peninsula Temple Sholom musically and spiritually as our chazzan, choral director, and b’nai mitzvah teacher.

Celebration Concert

Sunday, June 3

A lively concert honoring Cantor Barry and featuring cantors and musicians performing music from Broadway to your Jewish favorites.

In order for us to plan for the event, we’re asking you to let us know if you’ll attend.

Cantorial Transition Teams

These teams are leading PTS’ cantorial transition.

Steering Committee

Nathaniel Bergson-Michelson and Kathleen Shugar

Coordinates transition efforts; enlists volunteers; manages goals and budget.

Music Vision Task Force

Adam Steinberger

Develops PTS’ vision for musical experiences; surveys musical experiences at other congregations; solicits congregants’ feedback.

Search Committee

Scott Haber and Keith Tandowsky

Conducts search for an ordained cantor; works with the American Conference of Cantors and HUC-JIR to conduct the search.

B’nai Mitzvah Transition

Rabbi Molly Plotnik and Rabbi Dan Feder

Ensures a seamless transition to all current b’nai mitzvah students.

Celebrations Weekend

Diane and Manny Goldman, Judy Macktinger

Plans June 1–3 Celebration Weekend; identifies ways to honor Cantor Barry; coordinates congregational gift.

“All That Barry” Tribute Event Committee

Susan Battat, Marilyn Ezrin, Susan Aptekar, Jen Liebhaber, Gina Saddik

Plans May 5 event.

Communications Committee

Marilyn Hollinger and Andrea Sobel

Develops and disseminates communications to build awareness and promote community engagement.

Welcome Committee

Andrea Cohen and Betsy Rosen

Identifies ways to welcome the new Cantor; ensures a smooth and comfortable transition.

B’nai Mitzvah Training

We are grateful to Cantor Barry for the love and care he has put into creating and sustaining our B’nai Mitzvah program, and delighted that Cantor Barry will continue teaching b’nai mitzvah students until he retires on June 30, 2018. PTS clergy have worked together to ensure a seamless transition in b’nai mitzvah training after that date.

With a goal of ensuring that the needs of each child are being met from beginning to end of the process, the b’nai mitzvah training program will be overseen by Rabbi Molly Plotnik in close partnership with a new cantor, and with administrative support from Emily Pelc.


A new element of choice has been introduced with three B’nai Mitzvah tracks: prayer, social justice, and k’lal Yisrael (People of Israel).

These tracks are intended to allow for a meaningful personal journey as the student takes ownership over his or her process of becoming a bar/bat mitzvah. In addition to adult tutoring from the clergy team and others, the madrichim program has also been extended to celebrate a time-honored Jewish tradition by adding peer-teen tutoring on prayers. These changes are intended to help each student come away with learning that’s of lifelong value, and to make the experience personal and meaningful for every family.

Be Part of the Legacy

We’ve established the Cantor Barry Reich Tribute Fund to reflect our deep appreciation and affection for Cantor Barry on the occasion of his retirement. Please consider making a donation.

Donations will help:

Establish the
Cantor Barry Reich
Annual Music Series

Support the
Home & Hope
project at PTS

Fund scholarships and programs to train young song leaders

Sustain the Cantor’s legacy of musical, spiritual, and youth experiences at PTS

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fifty years as our cantor

Since Cantor Barry began his tenure, PTS has used seven siddurim and machzorim.

in his own words

“Fifty years ago חָלַמְתִּי חֲלוֹם chalamti chalom — I dreamed a dream — that I would someday, with God’s help, reach לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה la’z’man ha’zeh — to this amazing time.”

fifty years as our cantor

Kabbalah teaches us that there are fifty “gates,” or levels, on our spiritual path. The fiftieth gate is בִּינָה bina, a kind of understanding that provides absolute clarity.


The number fifty is used over and over again in Judaism. The Torah instructs that land be allowed to rest every seven years and the fiftieth year be a יוֹבֵל yovel, a Jubilee year when slaves were to go free and land was returned to its original owners.