Music at Anshe Emet
Anshe Emet has rich history of magnificent music featured in our worship, in celebratory events of the Congregation, and in communal gatherings.
In 1940, Cantor Moses J. Silverman became the Cantor (or Hazzan) of the Congregation. The fifth generation of a family of cantors, his command of nusach (liturgical melodies), his thorough musical training, and his fine voice made him famous in the Jewish musical world.
Today, Anshe Emet is blessed and privileged to continue this heritage with our world-renowned Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi. Beginning his third decade with Anshe Emet, Hazzan Mizrahi renews our musical worship participation with melodies from throughout the Jewish world and his reverence for classical, traditional and contemporary Jewish traditions. His profound musical knowledge, outstanding tenor voice and over 40 years of experience have made him one of the world's leading interpreters of Jewish liturgy and music.
For information on the musical world of Hazzan Mizrahi, please visit his personal website at www.albertomizrahi.com. Anshe Emet's Bridge Sisterhood Gift Shop sells many of our Hazzan's CDs. Please contact Eileen Kavin at 773-868-5132 for information.
Anshe Emet Live
Anshe Emet Live is a fully participatory service, led by Hazzan Mizrahi and one of the rabbis, welcomes the Shabbat with song and even dance! The Anshe Emet Live band and Shireinu make the atmosphere lovely and inspiring. Anshe Emet Live takes place on the third Friday of the month (9 times a year) at 7:30 p.m. Please contact Raquel Johnson at 773-868-5119.
Under the artistic direction of Hazzan Mizrahi and conducted by Maestro Bill Chin, Anshe Emet presents our professional choir four Shabbatot over the course of the year and on the High Holy Days. Our choir enhances the services by accompanying the Hazzan in beautiful, traditional, and contemporary settings of the liturgy. Try and make it a point to attend these Sabbaths for an aesthetically spiritual experience. For information on Choral Shabbat, please contact Hazzan Mizrahi at 773-868-5111.
Shireinu, literally "our song", is Anshe Emet's volunteer choir. The choir welcomes all adults and performs at Shabbat services, High Holy Days services, and at various public functions throughout the year. Under the direction of opera-trained Heather Aranyi, Shireinu brings together teaching first-class musicianship with both contemporary and classical Jewish music. For more information about Shireinu, please contact Debby Lewis at 773-868-5113.
Anshe Emet's Chicago Jewish Children's Choir welcomes children in third through fifth grade to learn incredible musicianship and further a love for Judaism. The Children's Choir has performed at Anshe Emet's Purim and Hannukah celebrations, as well as publicly on Israel Solidarity Day with the Maccabeats and at the USCJ Josh Nelson concert in 2011. Cantor Steven Berke is the director of the Children's Choir. For more information, please call 773-281-1423.
Inaugurated in 2002, the Arnold H. Kaplan, M.D. Memorial Concert is an opportunity for Hazzan Mizrahi to collaborate in performance with exciting and dynamic Jewish musicians of the highest order. Past concerts have included Theodore Bikel, the Dave Nrubeck Quartet, Artists from the Lyric Young Artists Program, the Tel Aviv Cantorial School Chorus and soloists, Craig Taubman and the Afro-Semitic Expereince. The 10th Arnold H. Kaplan Memorial Concert will take place December 16, 2012 (the 8th day of Hanukkah): A JEWISH JAZZ JAM, feauring: The Trio Globo (Eugene Friesen, Howard Levy, Glen Velez) with guest soloist Hazzan Mizrahi.
Please click here for an inside look at the Kaplan Concert 2010!
For more information about the Kaplan Concert, or to help sponsor this fantastic Jewish musical event, please contact Raquel Johnson at 773-868-5119.