Music Groups

Music is integral to the liturgical and cultural life at Temple Emanuel. Our music and cultural programs include choral and instrumental congregational groups which perform at worship services and 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 perform on select Friday nights as well as during certain holidays and festivals.  They also collaborate with the “Soul Sisters” (a collection of moms/temple members) whose voices are uplifting and spiritual.

Soul Sisters:

Five years ago, a group of women, all members of Temple Emanuel, who share a love for music, created the “Soul Sisters.”  Over the years, the group has increased their repertoire to include both liturgical and modern Israeli music.  The Soul Sisters have participated 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.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class & Introduction to Hebrew

The Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class & Introduction to Hebrew is a two-year program. Those of you who never had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah before, or had one at the young age of thirteen, now have the opportunity to celebrate one as an adult. In this program we will learn Hebrew, Torah Tropes, Jewish history, Jewish customs and traditions. The highlight will be a Friday Night graduation service, in which you will chant the Friday night prayers, will be called up for your own Aliya and chant from the Torah! If you are interested or would like to get more information, please contact us.