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Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester embraces the rich and varied traditions of our Jewish musical heritage. Our cantor, Meredith Stone, leads us in the full spectrum of our musical legacy, incorporating into worship both the melodies of our past and our present. Her beautiful voice has inspired worshippers for more than 25 years.

Depending on the style of worship service, musical accompaniments range from organ and professional vocal quartet to piano, guitar and our professional band who play at nearly half of our Friday night Shabbat services each year. During the year we offer special musical programs such as a family service with contemporary Jewish performing artists to an annual musical Shabbat which, in the past, has featured artistic presentations from oratorios with chorus and orchestra to dance companies and much more. As our community grows and changes, our melodies and musical arrangements will also grow and change to reflect our evolving identity.

One path to connecting with Judaism is through singing with others. We encourage participation in all our worship services and offer additional opportunities for those who would like a deeper involvement in music. All religious school children are welcome to join our spirited Junior Choir. This is a wonderful way to make friends and members take pride in leading worship at our family services. Our enthusiastic adult singing group, the Temple Tones, shares a love of music and prayer as they help lead the singing at our Discovery Shabbat services.

Use the links below to learn some of the prayers that make up our worship service. For each one we’ve provided the text in Hebrew, transliteration and English as well as a recording of Cantor Stone singing the prayer. You can also hear the music of the Family Service on our Temple Band page.

Audio: 01 - V'ahavta  
Text: 01 - V'ahavta  

Audio:  02 - Avot v'Imahot
Text:  02 - Avot v'Imahot

Audio:  03 - G'vurot
Text:  03 - G'vurot

Audio:  04 - Shema and Echad
Text:  04 - Shema and Echad

Audio (chanted):  05 - Blessing Before Reading Torah
Audio (read):  05 - Blessing Before Reading Torah
Text:  05 - Blessing Before Reading Torah

Audio (chanted):  06 - Blessing After Reading the Torah
Audio (read):  06 - Blessing After Reading the Torah
Text:  06 – Blessing After Reading the Torah

Audio:  07 – Blessing Before Reading Haftarah
Text:  07 – Blessing Before Reading Haftarah

Audio (chanted): 8 – Kiddush Erev Shabbat
Audio (read): 8 – Kiddush Erev Shabbat
Text:  8 – Kiddush Erev Shabbat

Audio (chanted):  9 – Kiddush Shabbat Morning
Audio (read):  9 – Kiddush Shabbat Morning

Audio (read): Food Blessing
Text: Food Blessing 

Audio (read): Candle Blessing
Text: Candle Blessing ​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Audio (read): Blessing For Special Times
Text: Blessing For Special Times ​​​​​​​


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