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"The Temple Dudes"

Temple Dudes - Jewish Federation Celebration - June 9 2016 at Town & Country

 The Temple Dudes act as Congregation Shir Shalom's unofficial “house band”.  The Temple Dudes perform at many congregation and community functions and fun(d) raisers.  Some of these include Cantor Concerts, Arts Festival receptions, Chanukah Zimriya festivals, coffee houses, outdoor concerts, winter vacation get-togethers, and Purim Spiels.  In support of various charitable causes, the Temple Dudes has assisted in the raising of literally tens of thousands of dollars.  Some of the benefiting organizations have included JCC-Rockland / Jewish Federation of Rockland,  Rockland Jewish Family Service, the former Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School, Helping Hands of Rockland, Congregation Shir Shalom (and the 'old' Nanuet Hebrew Center), Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Helen Hayes Hospital, Nyack Hospital, ARC of Rockland, Sandy Hook / Newtown and Hurricane Sandy Relief.  The Temple Dudes additionally participate annually in the NYC Celebrate Israel Parade, providing the beat and music for Rockland Coalition marchers and dancers.

The Temple Dudes features Congregation Shir Shalom’s Cantor Barry Kanarek (keyboard, bass, guitar and vocals) along with congregants Dr. Ken Blumberg (guitars, vocals and harmonica), Bruce Pollack (drums, percussion and ‘cajon’) and Rose Pollack (flute).  The Temple Dudes also actively encourage participation from synagogue youth and other members of the congregation.

The Temple Dudes perform a wide variety of folk, rock and Israeli music.  The music selection and tone is adjusted based on the audience, occasion and venue.

For more information on The Temple Dudes, please contact Cantor Barry Kanarek (e-mail: / phone: 1-860-235-7261)

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The Temple Dudes - performing at the former NHC’s annual Mid Rockland Arts Festival.   Thanks to everyone who came out to support the event, and listen to our music!

The "Marching" Temple Dudes - featuring Congregation Shir Shalom Cantor Barry Kanarek and congregants Rose Pollack, Bruce Pollack and Seth Kofinas, in New York City, preparing to provide the beat and music for the Rockland Coalition marchers and dancers at the annual Celebrate Israel Parade.

Tue, January 31 2023 9 Shevat 5783