Elana Jagoda Kaye joined the staff of Peninsula Temple Beth El, in San Mateo California, in 2004 and has served as the full-time Cantorial Soloist since 2007. In addition to leading Shabbat and High Holy Day worship services, Elana conducts engaging tot-Shabbats, prepares students for B’nai Mitzvah and teaches in all of their education programs.
In 2007, Elana released her first solo album, Zum Gali Gali. Her 2nd CD, Uri Uri, is a creative fusion of musical styles that elegantly speaks to both kids and adults alike. Both CDs have been selected for national distribution through the PJ Library program. Elana’s third album Im Ruchi, is a beautiful collection of Shabbat melodies produced for the Beth El community. Elana’s original music has been featured on several CD compilations including the URJ's Ruach series, Craig Taubman's Jewish Lullabies, and the Women of Reform Judaism's Centennial Tribute CD, Limdu Heitiev. Elana is currently working on a new solo album of Passover music to be released in the spring of 2014.
Elana plays family concerts at synagogues, museums, festivals and community centers across the country. Past appearances include the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the ToLife! Festival, the East Bay Jewish Music Festival, the Chicago Jewish Music Festival and the URJ Biennial. She has also played concerts for the PJ Library and the Bureau of Jewish Education. Elana loves spending time at camp and has served as guest music faculty for KUTZ Camp and Camp Newman. Additionally, Elana and her husband Saul, have served as artists-in-residence for the Wexner institute.
Please see calendar for upcoming events. To book Elana for a concert please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org