Hanukka Band Brings Special Light to Shomrei’s Annual Party

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Chanuka is the Festival of Light. We illustrated this with our beautiful chanukiyot burning brightly in the sanctuary at our annual holiday party. At Shomrei, Chanuka is also the holiday of great music played by our very own Simcha band. Maestro Mark Weinstein sets just the right tone balancing fun, learning and ultimately, making music together. That is no small task considering our multi-generational band with a wide range of skills and experience.

Simchah band 1 2015 decMaybe it’s a Chanuka miracle, or maybe it’s just dedication (another important Chanuka word) but our musicians somehow manage to attend rehearsals, arrive early to performances, remember their music, music stands and most importantly, practice at home. This year, we were fortunate to welcome three new members to the band: Mike, Eli, and Alan. We were also fortunate to have returning band members: Talia, Elliot, Sam, Sebastian, Louis, Jerilyn Margulis, and Andy Silikovitz.

The Simcha Band will perform again at Shabbat services on Friday, March 4 and of course, on Purim, Wednesday evening March 23. Join us in the sanctuary or join us in the band. We invite musicians ages 10 and older who can read music to participate. We will welcome you, mentor you, and guarantee you have an enjoyable experience. We’ll even feed you at our rehearsals.



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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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