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 many 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.
Since 2007, Cantor Michael McCloskey has worked with all segments of the Temple Emeth community as Cantor-Educator. Cantor Michael, as he is affectionately known, utilizes his lyric tenor, piano skills, and facility with composing and arranging to enhance our services and lifecycle events. While at Emeth, Cantor Michael has established and arranged two joyous and uplifting Shabbat services with instruments (guitar, piano, violin/clarinet, bass, and percussion): Shabbat Unplug on Saturday mornings and Shabbat K’ley Zemer on Friday evenings. To hear some of his original music and other recordings, please visit either his Soundcloud or Facebook artist page.
Cantor Michael engages learners of all ages with his passion for teaching and sincerity. At Emeth, his continuing education courses have included such diverse topics as Peace-making and Dispute, Bioethics, Virtual Prayer, Environmentalism, Medicine, and Innovative Approaches to Shabbat, among others. He serves as spiritual advisor to Emeth’s vibrant Women’s Rosh Hodesh Study Group. With his partner, Dr. Ray Feller, he runs a yearly film series called Cantor-Plex, which highlights Jewish films not only from America but also Israel, Latin America, England, France, and other communities and traditions. Additionally, at Hebrew College, Cantor Michael is a member of the School of Jewish Music Faculty as a Cantorial Coach. From September 2013 he served as Conductor of the Boston chapter of HaZamir: The International Jewish High School Choir, a project of the Zamir Choral Foundation. During his tenure, Cantor Michael provided piano accompaniment for the entire chorus at Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera House.
Cantor Michael received his master’s degree in Jewish Education and Cantorial Ordination from Hebrew College in 2007, where he was awarded an academic prize in Judaics and Hazzanut. He is currently working towards rabbinic ordination in Cantors to Rabbis program at the Academy for Jewish Religion, Yonkers, NY and is active in both the New England Board of Cantors and the Cantors Assembly, within which he serves on the Education Committee. Prior to coming to Temple Emeth, he served as a cantorial soloist-educator and taught at Prozdor of Hebrew College. In his spare time, Cantor Michael is an avid bicyclist and reader of fiction, particularly dystopian and cosmic horror. Cantor Michael and his partner, Dr. Ray Feller, are the proud parents of Leonardo and Ramona (Momo).
Davin Wolok joined Temple Emeth in July 2015. He serves the congregation both musically as Torah reader and second cantor and pedagogically as a teacher of Judaism through both Biblical text and philosophical reflection.
Davin graduated from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, his dissertation being a study of two modern Jewish philosophers, Martin Buber and Abraham Joshua Heschel. He received both cantorial and vocal training from Cantor Gregor Shelkan, late president of the Cantors Assembly.
Before coming to Temple Emeth, Davin served as Chazzan Sheni and ritual director of Congregation Mishkan Tefila and cantor of Temple Shalom of Milton. He has been an adjunct instructor in philosophy at the Massachusetts Bay Community College in Wellesley and the Middlesex Community College in Bedford, as well as an assistant professor in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew College. Davin has authored a book entitled, You Can Come Home Again: Musings and Amusings of a Philosopher-Clergyman.
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. He composed numerous melodies which forms an important part of the Shabbat and High Holiday services at Temple Emeth. They may be found on Youtube.
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.