Music Staff




Cantor Idan Irelander           

Cantor and Music Director 


Cantor Idan Irelander is a native of Netanya, Israel. In his early years, he performed and arranged several albums for Israeli musicians and performed with Yehoram Gaon, also known as “The Israeli Frank Sinatra.” Influenced by his private instructor Mr. Egon K. Kerten z”l, the head of the Israeli Arrangers Association, Cantor Irelander attended Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1997. Cantor Irelander was the recipient of the B.E.S.T scholarship and majored in composition and film scoring. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and was awarded the Berklee College of Music Award for Composition Excellence and the Berklee College of Music Award for Achievement in Film Scoring. After graduation, Cantor Irelander continued his studies at Hebrew College. He earned a Master’s degree of Jewish Education and was ordained as a Cantor in 2009. During his time at Hebrew College, he received the Cantor Rick Boyar Prize for excellence in Hazzanut (Cantorial art) as well as the Abraham and Sadie Shapiro Family Fellowship, which is awarded to students planning to pursue a career in Jewish education and committed to postgraduate service in Jewish community. Cantor Irelander is the creator of the “Shabbat Olam” series, “Shabbat Around the World.” The first program in that series, which was performed at our Friday Night service, is the “Sephardic Shabbat Unplugged.” This new CD/service/performance includes unique musicians and instrumentation from Jordan, Syria, Iran, America and Israel. In 2006, Cantor Irelander recorded, together with Temple Emanuel students, an educational CD, “Shacharit In-plugged,” featuring his own compositions set to the morning Jewish prayers.


Cantor Irelander joined Temple Emanuel in 1999. Cantor Irelander and his wife Einat are the proud parents of Yahli and Ilahy.




Gitit Shoval        



Gitit Shoval is one of Israel’s singing treasures.She was first discovered at the pre-Eurovision contest of 1979 when she was just 13 years old. Since then, she has performed around the world, both as a solo performer and with various musical ensembles.

Gitit has performed on six solo albums and she has four holiday and children’s albums to her credit. Gitit’s seventh solo album complements her show, “From Gershwin to Dylan: The Genius of Jewish Songwriters.”

In addition to her work for adult audiences, Gitit has provided the Hebrew voice of many children’s characters, including Smurfette, Barbie for Mattel’s direct-to-DVD series, Rupert Bear, and many more.

Today, Gitit lives in Boston with her husband and four children; she is performing and teaching music, as well as directing the Israeli singing group “Paamonim.”