Friday, September 18, 2020


Music is integral to life at Temple Emeth. Sweet and harmonious sound enriches our services and programs, including familiar melodies sung together on Shabbat, the chanting of blessings and prayers, soloist selections at the High Holy Days, traditional cantorial and organ-based music, klezmer tunes, musical tributes, and concerts.

Here are some ways to get involved in the music that enhances Temple Emeth throughout the year.

Music for Youth

Youth Klezmer BandYouth Klezmer Band

This spirited and dynamic group is under the direction of Cantor Michael McCloskey and Tal Shalom-Kobi. Participants learn valuable musicianship skills, including how to improvise. Fourth and fifth graders are eligible to participate. Rehearsals are 5:15-6:00 pm on Tuesdays. For more information contact Cantor Michael.

Teen Klezmer Band

Under the combined direction of Tal Shalom-Kobi and Cantor Michael McCloskey, this advanced ensemble plays more challenging repertoire, melding jazz, rock, and klezmer music. Seventh through 12th graders are eligible. Rehearsals are 6:00-7:00 pm on Tuesdays biweekly. For more information contact Cantor Michael.

Norma & Friends

This exuberant group of uninhibited vocalists is directed by Norma Levine – pianist, arranger/composer, and witty lyricist extraordinaire. Norma & Friends performs original musical tributes for Temple Emeth functions and events. Norma adroitly pens lyrics, both humorous and heartfelt, utilizing musical sources which include Broadway, classical, film, opera, oldies, bebop, Brazilian, Israeli, and Yiddish, and her original tunes. Each tribute reflects the honoree’s personality, history, and musical taste, and each member of the “Friends” adds personal touches that make the tributes full of warmth and laugh-out-loud moments.

If you can carry a tune and feel at home on stage, consider auditioning for Norma & Friends. Contact Norma by phone - leave a message at the Temple office 617-469-9400 - or email her at  

HaZamir with Cantor Michael
Cantor Michael in the News!
Mazel Tov to Cantor Michael who conducted the HaZamir singers at their Gala Concert on April 3 at Carnegie Hall.
Emeth Music Videos

Emeth's Teen Klezmer Band performed "Hey Jew" - the band's version of the Beatles song "Hey Jude" - at our Community Purim Celebration in February.

The Emeth Teen Klezmer Band performed "Birthday for the Trees" - the band's version of the Beatles song "Birthday" - at our Community Tu B'Shevat Celebration in January.

Cantor Michael McCloskey chants Pitchu Li Sha'arey Tzedek (Open for Me the Gates of Righteousness) from the Hallel service.

For more videos of our music, visit the Emeth Videos page.

Our Music Director

Gennady Konnikov
Our Cantor

Cantor Michael McCloskey
TEMPLE EMETH, 194 Grove Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
P 617-469-9400 | F 617-469-9646 |