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Beit Emmanuel Choir
December 10, 2021
Revival themes take many shapes and forms. A prominent contribution involves strengthening bonds between local communities with the basic tenets of Judaism. An Israeli trained composer and musician is doing wonders bringing his community closer together through the media of music.
A highlight of Beit Emanuel is the choir, which enriches Friday night and festival services with beautiful four-part harmony. The choir is led by Israel-trained composer and music teacher Avi Kanar, who arranges the music, conducts the choir and accompanies them on piano.Avi was brought to Beit Emanuel two years ago, during a major overhaul of the synagogue’s services. He rebuilt the choir, hired talented new voices, experimented with new tunes and introduced piano accompaniment. The choir consists of five women (three sopranos and two altos) and three men (one tenor and two bass).The choir opens the Friday night service with a beautiful Ma Tovu composed by Louis Lewandowski, and closes most service with a variety of different versions of Adon Olam and Ein Keloheinu. Other moving prayers include songs by Naomi Shemer. The choir also sing key prayers throughout the service such as Shema Yisrael, the Amidah and Aleinu.