Cantor Roslyn Barak, has dedicated herself to presenting the music of the Jewish people both past and present with its varied cultural traditions. As well, she continues the legacy of commissioning new works, including a new Sabbath morning service by Ben Steinberg ("Avodat Hakodesh"), a setting of the Alvin Fine poem "Birth is a Beginning" by Ami Aloni, settings of Haftarot texts of the Prophet Isaiah ("Isaiah's Consolations") by Ami Aloni, and a new Havdalah service by Michael Isaacson, with poetic interpolations written by Rabbi Stephen Pearce, as well as other musical pieces for festivals and High Holy Days.
Cantor Marsha Attie has been collaborating with Jonathan Ferris and Eric Schoen at Emanu-El since 1998. They collaborate instrumentally with guitars, bass, mandolin, ukelele, percussion, you name it. Vocally, they love to create rich multi-layered harmonies that create transcendent moments during prayer. As a trio they are frequently asked to sing at weddings, parties and other community events. both Jonathan and Eric are considered the best songleaders in the Bay Area, not to mention the U.S., and we are lucky to have them here with us!