Idan Irelander is the Cantor and Music Director of Temple Emanuel in Andover, Massachusetts. He is a native of Netanya, Israel. In his early years, he performed and arranged several albums for Israeli musicians and performed with Yehoram Gaon, also known as "The Israeli Frank Sinatra."
Influenced by his private instructor Mr. Egon K. Kerten, the head of the Israeli Arrangers Association and after becoming a Berklee College of Music B.E.S.T. Scholarship recipient, Cantor Irelander left Israel in 1997 to study in Boston at Berklee, embarking on a dual major in composition and film scoring. He graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the recipient of both the Berklee College of Music Award for Composition Excellence and the Berklee College of Music Award for Achievement in Film Scoring. At Hebrew College, Cantor Irelander earned a Masters degree of Jewish Education and was ordained a Cantor in 2009.
He is the creator of the "Shabbat Olam" series, "Shabbat Around the World." The first program on that series in the "Sephardic Shabbat Unplugged." This new CD/service/performance includes unique musicians and instrumentation from Jordan, Syria, Iran, Palestine, America and Israel. This ensemble known as the "Ahavat Olam" ensemble, the "World Love" ensemble. In 2006, Cantor Irelander created, together with Temple Emanuel students, an educational CD. "Shacharit In-plugged", featuring his own compositions set to the morning Jewish prayers.