Emily Aronoff Teck
Emily Aronoff Teck has been singing and celebrating her entire life. Raised singing harmonies with her sister and father around a piano, Emily had her debut performance as a member of the "Kol Emeth Babes," a self titled group of girls who insisted in performing at her Temple retreats. Emily got her start songleading in NFTY, inspired by her years watching songleaders at URJ Camp Coleman. She studied Songleading with Zoe Jacobs, Leon Sher and Noam Katz at URJ Kutz Camp and became a regional songleader. In high school, she participated in the recording and writing of "Triumph," the NFTY National Songwriting Competition winner of 2001. Emily was first introduced to Hava Nashira, the Jewish Musician's Conference held at the URJ's Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute every year, in 2003. This workshop allowed Emily to meet and learn with many of the greatest contemporary Jewish musicians including Debbie Friedman, Dan Nichols, Rosalie Boxt, Joshua Nelson, Joshua Nelson, Craig Taubman, Shira Kline, Jeff Klepper, Peter & Ellen Allard, and many more. Hava Nashira has had a profound influence on Emily's career.
Emily began her collegiate education at Brandeis University, studying Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She continued her education on Kibbutz Hatzerim in Beer Sheva, Israel in a Hebrew Ulpan while working in the "Tinukiyah," taking care of babies. Emily returned to the states and graduated from Florida Atlantic University, with a double major in Jewish studies and Arts & Letters.
Emily has been working and gigging as a Jewish musician for 10 years. She is grateful everyday for the fact that it is possible to make a living doing what you love, and is looking forward to developing new ways for young families to meaningful engage with their Judaism.