Friday, August 07, 2020

The Temple Emeth Team

Clergy and Professional Staff

Rabbi Alan Turetz
Spiritual Leader

Blessed with knowledge, eloquence, and a beautiful voice, Rabbi Turetz has enriched Temple Emeth as its spiritual leader since 1977. He grew up in a deeply traditional home, imbued with Jewish spirituality. His maternal and paternal grandfathers were renowned rabbis and scholars, both in Europe as well as the United States.

Graduating as valedictorian of his class from Adelphi University, he received his master's degree in Hebrew Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where his rabbinic ordination was conferred with high honors. He subsequently received as well an Honorary Doctorate from the Seminary.

During his more than thirty years on the bimah at Temple Emeth, Rabbi Turetz has been an inspirational and highly esteemed leader of Boston’s Jewish community. He has served as president of both the New England Region of the Rabbinical Assembly and the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis, as Rabbi for the New England Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, and has chaired the New England Rabbinic Cabinet for Israel Bonds.

His incomparable sermons and mellifluous voice, whether for Shabbat or holiday services, are not to be missed.

Cantor Michael McCloskey

Since 2007, Cantor Michael McCloskey works with all segments of the Temple Emeth community as Cantor-Educator. Cantor Michael, as he is affectionately known, sings with a lyric tenor voice. He facilitates daily minyan, serves as Chazzan for Shabbat and holiday services, and conducts adult learning programs.

Cantor Michael's sincerity and teaching skills facilitate a strong connection to Temple youth. He is a frequent visitor to the nursery and religious schools, tutors B’nei Mitzvah students, organizes an annual USY-led Shabbat morning service and leads youth programs of a ritual or educational nature. Additionally, at Hebrew College, Cantor Michael is a member of the School of Jewish Music Faculty as a Cantorial Coach. In September 2013 he was named Conductor of the Boston chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, a project of the Zamir Choral Foundation. The Boston chapter is the newest and 24th chapter of HaZamir in the U.S.

Cantor Michael received his master’s degree in Jewish Education and Cantorial Ordination from Hebrew College, where he was awarded an academic prize in Judaics and Hazzanut. He is an avid student of Jewish text and Hebraic musical traditions. Prior to coming to Temple Emeth, he served as a cantorial soloist-educator, and taught at Prozdor of Hebrew College.

Dr. Davin Wolok
Chazzan Sheni

Davin Wolok joined the congregation in July 2015. He will be leading Temple Emeth's Alternative Services during the High Holy Days, as well as reading Torah on Mondays, Thursdays, and most Saturday mornings. Starting in September Davin will lead a weekly adult education seminar and biweekly Bible study session.

Davin graduated from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He received his master's and PhD degrees in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received cantorial and vocal training from Cantor Greg Shelkan z"l, past president of the Cantors Assembly.

Before coming to Temple Emeth, Davin served as Chazzan Sheni and ritual director at Congregation Mishkan Tefila and as the cantor at Temple Shalom in Milton. He has been an adjunct instructor in philosophy at Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley and at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, as well as an assistant professor in Jewish Thought at Hebrew College. Davin is a frequent lecturer and the author of You Can Come Home Again: The Musings and Amusings of a Philosopher-Clergyman.

Gennady Konnikov
Music Director

Gennady Konnikov has been Temple Emeth’s “maestro” since 1987. He is at the center of all the Temple’s musical enterprises, including accompanying Shabbat and holiday services, and founding and directing the Temple’s choir, Shirei Emet.

Gennady was educated in Russia, where his father was a chazzan in the Moscow Synagogue. He received a master’s degree from the Moscow Conservatory and a diploma from the Gnesin College of Music, also in Moscow. Gennady taught piano, solfeggio, and choral singing in Russia and the United States, and his compositions for piano, voice, and choir have been performed in both countries. Before coming to Temple Emeth, he worked at the Maimonides School in Brookline, where he established a youth choir.

Rabbi Turetz in the News!

Rabbi Alan Turetz's article "Realistic Optimism", published in our latest edition of Kol Emet, has been posted on Click here to read.

Welcome Davin Wolok!
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Davin Wolok has joined Temple Emeth as Chazzan Sheni. Davin led our Alternative Services at the High Holy Days, and will be reading Torah and leading adult education programs throughout the year. Read the article in the Newton TAB.

Temple Emeth fosters warm and personalized bonds among all the members of our congregational family. Our priorities include traditional and innovative worship in an egalitarian setting, rich musical offerings, strong rabbinical support, opportunities for new friendships and spiritual growth, and a deep commitment
to the State of Israel.

Rabbi Alan Turetz

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