Music is integral to the liturgical and cultural life at Temple Emanuel. Our music and cultural programs include choral and instrumental groups comprised of congregants, which participate worship services and occassionally at community events. At Temple Emanuel, we are blessed to have opportunities for all ages to get involved.
A few years ago, some congregants agreed to form a band. The goal was to relive some glory days, but also add some spirit to a few events each year at Temple Emanuel in Andover. The band grew and have become known as Aliyah. Typically, Aliyah performs on select Friday nights as well as during certain holidays and festivals. They also collaborate with the “Soul Sisters” whose voices are uplifting and spiritual.
Several years ago, a group of female members of Temple Emanuel, who share a love for music, created the “Soul Sisters.” Over the years, the group has expanded their repertoire to include both liturgical and modern Israeli music. The Soul Sisters participate in Sabbath services as well as special events. Their spirited interpretations of traditional prayers from the Shabbat service, as well as some pieces written by contemporary Israeli composers, engage their listeners. The Soul Sisters have become a much-loved addition to the Temple Emanuel music program.