July 7, 2020 /

Jewish Community Center of Paramus / Congregation Beth Tikvah

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Listen & Learn Prayers

Click on choice of prayers to learn

Special Kabbalat Shabbat Service

Special Yizkor Service

Weekday Mincha and Maariv Services        New!

Seder Melodies

Purim Songs

High Holiday Melodies

Additional High Holiday Melodies 

Torah Aliyah Blessings


Kiddush for Shabbat and Holidays

Havdalah for Shabbat and Holidays

Blessings Before Eating

Birkat Hamazon

Four Concluding Prayers

Simchat Torah Songs

Torah Aliyah Blessings and Procedure for Torah Aliyah

One who receives the honor of ascending the Bimah to stand next to the Torah Reader, chants the blessings found on this Aliyah Blessings practice sheet.

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Ashrei is a prayer that is recited three times every day. It consists of Psalm 145 plus three other psalm verses. The files in this section will help you participate in the responsive version sung on Saturday mornings, whether as part of the congregation or as the person leading the chant.

Please choose a Hebrew text sheet or a transliterated text sheet and follow the words and melody in this recording of Ashrei.

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Weekday Mincha and Maariv Services

If you are a competent Hebrew reader and want to hone your skills in leading a weekday Mincha or Maariv service, this section has the resources you need. Here are the texts and audio files for these two services, whether for the synagogue, a Shivah home, or a Zoom minyan. Please note that the sound files are a guide to the proper chanting mode (or “nusach”) of the prayers. They do not need to be followed note-for-note.

Select the appropriate text sheet:

Listen to the corresponding audio file:

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Kiddush for Shabbat and Holidays 

At home as well as in the synagogue, we usher in every Shabbat and every major Holiday by chanting the Kiddush (“sanctification”) prayer over wine or grape juice before the evening meal. We also chant a shorter version of the Kiddush in the morning, before lunch. Some of the lines in the Kiddush are common to all of these special days, while others are specific to each occasion. The word “Festivals” in the titles below refers to Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot. The term “Holidays” includes these three Festivals as well as Rosh Hashanah.

Select the appropriate text sheet:

Kiddush for Friday night
Kiddush for Saturday morning

Kiddush for Festival nights
Kiddush for Rosh Hashanah night
Kiddush for Holiday mornings

Listen to the corresponding audio file:

Kiddush for Friday night A-Vayehi erev – MP3 File
Kiddush for Friday night B-Baruch – MP3 File
Kiddush for Saturday morning – MP3 File
Kiddush for Festival nights [Pesach] – MP3 File
Kiddush for Rosh Hashanah night – MP3 File
Kiddush for Holiday mornings – MP3 File

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Havdalah for Shabbat and Holidays 

We bid farewell to our periods of sacred time—at home as well as in the synagogue—with the Havdalah (“separation”) ceremony over wine, sweet-smelling spices, and a braided candle. The Havdalah prayer for Holidays is a reduced form of the version used for Shabbat, so we use the same Havdalah for Shabbat & Holidays text sheet for all occasions. The audio for this sheet is grouped into two files:

Havdalah A-Introductory Verses – MP3 File

Havdalah B-Three Blessings & Hamavdil – MP3 File

When a Holiday begins on a Saturday night, a special abbreviated form of the Havdalah is incorporated into the Holiday Kiddush. The words for this abbreviated Havdalah appear on the respective Festival and Holiday Kiddush text sheets in the Kiddush section above.  Listen to the recording here:

Havdalah in the Holiday Kiddush – MP3 File

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Blessings Before Eating 

Before eating anything, we acknowledge God’s role in providing us with that food. Blessings differ depending on whether we are eating a meal or individual foods. All the blessings appear on the text sheet in Hebrew letters as well as in transliteration. The audio for this sheet is grouped into three files:

A-Washing Hands & Bread – MP3 File

B-Individual Foods – MP3 File

C-Shehecheyanu for a New Food – MP3 File

Note that recording “B” has “Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha’olam” only in the first blessing, but these words do begin every blessing.

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Birkat Hamazon

The Birkat Hamazon (also known as “Bentshn”) is a group of prayers chanted after eating a major meal. There are variations in some of the paragraphs corresponding to variations in the liturgical calendar, e.g. weekdays, Rosh Chodesh, Shabbat, and the different Holidays. Also, there are optional personal and occasional additions towards the end of the Birkat Hamazon (between paragraphs 12 & 13). These variations beyond the basic texts are not included in the sound files. Even if they do appear on the PDF sheets, they are marked “omitted from recording.”

Learning suggestions: Instead of learning all the paragraphs in order, you may choose to learn them according to sizes: #10, #14, #21, #23, etc.

Please choose the following text sheets to follow the words and melody in the recordings of the Birkat Hamazon.

Please Note: The PDF sheets are much clearer in print than they appear on the screen. To print them in correct horizontal (landscape) format, please select “Fit To Printable Area” and “Auto-Rotate and Center” in your printing menu.

To Listen: please select the recorded Birkat Hamazon Blessings below.

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High Holiday Melodies

The congregational melodies of the High Holidays are special because they are sung only during this liturgical season. While they probably all sound familiar, you now have an opportunity to learn them and actively participate by singing or humming or even speaking the words. Please choose a Hebrew text sheet and/or a transliterated text sheet to follow along with these short recordings which are keyed to the numbers on the sheets. The prayers are recorded in the sequence in which they appear in the Rosh Hashanah services, followed by prayers that are sung only on Yom Kippur. Page numbers are listed next to all of the titles.

To Listen: please select a recording below.

  1. Maariv selections – MP3 File
  2. Shehecheyanu -MP3 File
  3. Amidah responses – MP3 File
  4. Zochreinu, Mi Chamocha – MP3 File
  5. Simcha Le-artzecha – MP3 File
  6. Melech al kol ha-aretz – MP3 File
  7. Avinu malkeinu – MP3 File
  8. Adonai Adonai – MP3 File
  9. Berosh Hashana – MP3 File
  10. Vekareiv pezureinu – MP3 File
  11. Kadesheinu – MP3 File
  12. Areshet sefateinu – MP3 File
  13. Hayom te-amtzeinu – MP3 File
  14. Yaaleh refrains – MP3 File
  15. Salachti – Laberit – MP3 File
  16. Selach lanu-Ki anu amecha – MP3 File
  17. Ashamanu – MP3 File
  18. Maariv theme – MP3 File
  19. Brief themes – MP3 File

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Additional High Holiday Melodies

Since the new Machzor Lev Shalem includes a great number of transliterated prayers, it provides an occasion to expand our Listen and Learn High Holiday offerings. Please print out the 2-page transliterated text file to help you enjoy and learn the words and/or tunes of the 17 new recordings. Note that the text sheets in the original High Holiday Melodies section (above) have also been updated with the new Machzor’s page numbers, printed in red. Bringing these sheets along to synagogue services is optional, as all of the transliterations also appear in the prayer book.

If you are new to the Listen and Learn experience, we suggest starting with the basic High Holiday selections above. They are shorter, easier to learn, and more likely to already be familiar to you.

To listen: Click on a recording title below.

To download a file for later listening: Right-click on the title and select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”.

20. Ahavat Olam – MP3 File (RH & YK Ma’ariv)

21. Tik’u Vachodesh – MP3 File  (RH Ma’ariv)

22. Ki Vayom Hazeh – MP3 File  (YK Ma’ariv)

23. Yigdal for High Holidays – MP3 File  (RH & YK Ma’ariv)

24. Psalm 130 – MP3 File  (RH & YK Shacharit)

25. L’eil Orekh Din – MP3 File (RH & YK Shacharit)

26. Ki Anu Amekha – MP3 File (YK all 4 services)

27. B’seifer Chayim – MP3 File (RH & YK all services)

28. Va’ani T’filati – MP3 File (RH & YK Torah Service)

29.Min Hameitzar – MP3 File (RH Shofar Service)

30. L’David Mizmor – MP3 File (RH & YK Torah Service, except on Shabbat)

31. Melekh Elyon – MP3 File (RH Musaf)

32. V’khol Ma’aminim – MP3 File (RH & YK Musaf)

33. V’ye’etayu – MP3 File (RH & YK Musaf)

34. Hal’lu Eil B’kodsho – MP3 File (RH Musaf)

35. Han’shamah Lakh – MP3 File (YK Ma’ariv)

36. P’tach Lanu Sha’ar – MP3 File  (YK Ne’ilah)

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Four Concluding Prayers

Ein Keiloheinu

The The hymn after the Musaph Amidah refers to God in four ways: Eloheinu (our God) Adoneinu (our Master) Malkeinu (our Ruler) and Moshieinu (our Savior). Each of these is combined with the five phrases Ein (“there is none like…”) Mi (“who is like…?”) Nodeh (“let us thank…”) Baruch (“praise to…”) and Atah (“You are…”). The stanzas on the text sheet are marked “A” and “B” corresponding to the two halves of the melody.


This very old prayer first appeared in the repetition of the High Holidays Musaf Amidah. It eventually came to conclude all services throughout the year. Please choose a Hebrew text sheet and/or a Transliterated text sheet to follow the words and melody.

Adon Olam

The title of this hymn can be translated as “Master of the universe” or “Eternal Master.” The final stanza indicates that it was meant to be recited before bedtime:

I place my soul in God’s care
When I go to sleep as when I wake up;
God is with my body as with my soul,
So I shall not fear.

The standard tune repeats at each numbered stanza on this Adon Olam text sheet.


The Friday night and Festival night Ma’ariv services usually conclude with Yigdal, although Adon Olam can be used as well. The uneven number of stanzas are due to Yigdal’s contents, which are based on the Thirteen Principles Faith formulated by Maimonides. For each set of stanzas, the Hazzan sings the first one and the congregation sings the second one; for the final stanza, the Hazzan sings it and the congregation repeats it. The congregation’s lines are numbered on the Yigdal text sheet.

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Purim Songs

You may click here for the Purim Song Sheet with the numbered songs

  1. Mi-Shenichnas-Adar.mp3
  2. Megilah-Megilah.mp3
  3. Utzu-Eytza.mp3
  4. Esther’s-Day.mp3
  5. Al-Hanisim.mp3
  6. Song-of-Freedom.mp3
  7. Wicked-Man.mp3
  8. My-Name-Is-Purim.mp3

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Seder Melodies 

The various rituals and songs of the Passover Seder center about a Festival meal which begins with the Kiddush and concludes with the Birkat Hamazon. You will find the text and audio for these two prayers in their respective sections on this web page.

This “Seder Melodies” section contains some of the special Passover texts of the Seder, all of which appear in one 6-page PDF file in both Hebrew letters and transliteration. Printing out copies of this file will not only help you learn the songs, but will also give you and your guests the perfect supplement to your own Haggadah. The title of each song contains a color-coded page reference keyed to the three Haggadah editions most commonly used. You are encouraged to consult these Haggadah pages for the English translations of the songs you are learning.

6 Page PDF text sheets

After printing out any or all of the text sheets, you can select a numbered title on the sheet and listen to the corresponding audio file below:

1-Kadeish Urchatz — MP3 File
2a-Mah nishtanah-Israeli version — MP3 File
2b-Ma nishtana-traditional version — MP3 File
3-Avadim hayinu — MP3 File
4-Vehi she’amda — MP3 File
5-The Ten Plagues — MP3 File
6-Dayeinu — MP3 File
7-Ma lecha hayam — MP3 File
8-Yevareich et beit yisra’el— MP3 File
9-Hallelu-Hodu — MP3 File
10-Chasal sidur pesach-Leshanah haba’ah — MP3 File
11-Adir hu — MP3 File
12-Echad mi yode’ia — MP3 File
13-Chad gadya — MP3 File

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Simchat Torah Songs

On the evening and morning of Simchat Torah (coinciding with the last day of Sukkot) we celebrate our Torah by taking out all the scrolls from the Ark and parading them around the room with song and dance. There are seven parades, each featuring several lively Hebrew songs. After printing out the Hebrew songsheet or the transliterated songsheet you can select a numbered title on the sheet and listen to the corresponding audio file below:

1-3  David Melech/Torah Torah/Siman Tov — MP3 File

4-6  Am Yisrael/Veshavu Vanim/Vetaher Libenu — MP3 File

7  Leshanah Haba’ah — MP3 File

8  Mayim Mayim — MP3 File

9-10  Hoshi’ah et Amecha/Kol Rinah — MP3 File

11-12  Utzu Eytzah/Ana Ana — MP3 File

13  Malchut’cha — MP3 File

14-15  Eileh Chamdah/Vekarev Pezureinu — MP3 File

16  Ki Mitziyon — MP3 File

17-18  Ki Heim Chayeinu/Yismechu — MP3 File

19-20  Or Zarua/Harachaman — MP3 File

21  Yevarechecha — MP3 File

22  Ki-Lo-Yitosh — MP3 File

23-24  Havah Nagilah/Oseh Shalom — MP3 File


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