Aviva Bowling, Cantorial Soloist
Aviva (Vivian) Bowling was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. She studied violin from the age of seven with Daniel Benyamini and other members of the Israel Philharmonic, and music theory at the Tel Aviv Music Conservatory. Aviva was a member of the Gadna Youth Military Orchestra while in high school, and, after coming to the U.S. in 1974, she played violin in professional orchestras in Greeley, Colorado; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Lexington, Kentucky, as well as in Community Orchestras and solo and ensemble performances. She has taught Suzuki violin private lessons since 1977 and was a Synagogue Sunday School music teacher in Iowa City, Iowa, as well as at Ohavey Zion Synagogue in Lexington, KY for 15 years. Aviva has served as a Cantorial Soloist at Temple Adath Israel for many years. She has also sung in musical theatre and performed Hebrew folk and pop music in Nebraska and Kentucky, including singing and playing with the band Ha-Tizmoret in Lexington and Louisville. She performs on guitar and mandolin as well as violin and has also taught Israeli songs and dances in classes and with the Lexington International Folk Dancers.
Shir Adat (Hebrew for “song of witness”) is our adult choir. The group is open to all temple members of bar/bat mitzvah age or above who like to sing – no prior musical training is required. We sing for Friday night Shabbat services about once a month, and we also provide music for other congregational, inter-congregational, and interfaith events. We perform a wide range of repertoire, from traditional Jewish melodies and classical choral works to pop music and brand new arrangements. For those seeking to sharpen their musical skills, opportunities exist for members of the choir to sing as soloists, play instruments, and participate in recording projects and outside-of-TAI performances. We rehearse most Wednesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. To get involved, or for more information, contact the office.
Lauren Hill and Jerry Suhl
Temple members Lauren and Jerry offer a more folk/contemporary style of music during services.