We deeply mourn the passing of Cantor Moshe Taubé
on Wednesday morning, November 11. World renowned Cantor Taubé served as the beloved Cantor at Congregation Beth Shalom for 40 years, from 1965 through 2004, and since then has been our Cantor Emeritus.
Rabbi Emeritus Stephen E. Steindel writes:
“Now he belongs to the ages” It is with tears and sorrow that we recite Barukh Dayyan HaEmet on news of the passing of our beloved and unforgettable Cantor Moshe Taubé on Wednesday morning November 11, 24 Heshvan 5781. He was a great and unforgettable Hazzan with a magnificent God-given voice, a pious Jew, an unforgettable personality as well as a Holocaust survivor and a Schindlerjude who graced our Beth Shalom pulpit for forty years and had a giant impact on cantorial careers, Jewish liturgical creativity and synagogue music far beyond Pittsburgh.
It was my privilege to share 18 of Cantor Taubé’s forty years on the Beth Shalom bima. He was a partner in conducting services, insisted on being called “Uncle Moshe” by our children, and officiated at all their Benei Mitzvah and wedding ceremonies. For many years he and I met weekly to study Talmud together. I relished every opportunity to speak Hebrew with him, reflecting his love and ties to Eretz Yisrael.
Our hearts go out to Helena and his children and grandchildren in Israel as they prepare for his funeral and burial in Admat HaKodesh of Eretz HaTzvi–the holy soil of the promised land.
A Tribute to Cantor Taubé from his 2004 retirement from Congregation Beth Shalom, provided by Nate Sherer Video Production, can be found here.
A communal tribute service was held for Cantor Taubé on Thursday evening, November 19, at 7:30 EST. A recording of the service can be accessed on Zoom.
Our Commitment to You
During this sensitive time, Congregation Beth Shalom is taking steps to make sure all of our community is safe. Please read below any new information and changes to services and events.
Important clarification regarding attendance at upcoming Shabbat services:
Although we announced during the recent holiday services that Beth Shalom’s Coronavirus Task Force would now allow up to 50 congregants in the Sanctuary for Shabbat morning services, we must clarify that the intent was to open up these services after the coming round of benei mitzvah, which are on four of the next five Shabbatot. As of right now, these benei mitzvah services will be limited to the immediate family and a few guests of the benei mitzvah. All, of course, are invited to join us via Zoom.
Moving forward, we will give benei mitzvah families the option to either include or not include additional in-person participants at Shabbat morning services. For future benei mitzvah, families could invite additional guests, invite a smaller number of guests to provide further precaution for those attending, or include both invited guests and other registered congregants up to the 50-person limit.
We do apologize for any potential misunderstanding, and will update you as necessary. Thank you for your patience as we continue to find ways to offer our services in a way that is safe and comfortable for our membership.
Now that the Commonwealth has declared Allegheny County to be in the “Green” phase, it’s time for another update on what we’re doing at Congregation Beth Shalom. Unfortunately, the seriousness of the virus has not really changed over the past few months. Click here to read more. (As of 6-19-2020)
Weekly Events Online
In this difficult time, Congregation Beth Shalom is working to provide you with events available online. Click here to read more.
Roof Construction Updates
Construction on our new solar roof on the school wing is underway. The roof is in the progress of being replaced, and the solar portion of the project is now out to bid (with a targeted installation in the fall).
Many of our departmental and special events have moved online. Click here to read more.