Hanukkah Simcha Band


Shomrei Emunah was bursting with happiness and fun as we welcomed Hanukkah a little early this year. The Hanukkah Band, performing for the 9th year in a row, outdid itself. So many musicians ages 7-75+ and such good music! Not only are we multi-generational, but we had two families of musicians that were multi-generational. French horn player (and
shofar blower extraorinaire) Elana was joined by her son, Natan on violin. Merrill’s son, Dan, came from NYC to play tenor sax with his mother at the piano.

IMG_6744As always, special thanks to Mark Weinstein for conducting, and to all the musicians who played their hearts out: Eli, Elliot L, Dan, Elana, Natan, Mike, Jerilyn, Elliot F, Brian, Howie, Nathan, Ken and me! We love and respect the musicians who have played with us over the years. But we are especially delighted to welcome new  musicians – Brian on piano, Natan on violin and new synagogue member, Elliot F.

We welcome all musicians, no matter the age or musical ability. Trust me – Mark will make you sound good! If you are young or young at heart and play an instrument, please join us on Purim, as the Hanukkah Band transforms itself into the Purim Band. We will make music together on Tuesday, March 10. Just let me know. I have the music and you can start practicing now!

Merrill Silver




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Merrill Silver

Merrill Silver

Merrill Silver is a long-time member of Shomrei. She can often be seen at the piano as part of the Simcha Band, a cross-generational musical ensemble she organizes at Shomrei. She and her husband Andy host "Minyan @ Home" the Wednesday night Maariv service at their home. She has tutored many of Shomrei's B'nai Mitzvah kids in leading services and chanting Torah.
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