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Rabbi Eytan Hammerman PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 June 2014 10:24

Rabbi Hammerman is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York City where he held the prestigious “Gladstein Fellowship in Entrepreneurial Rabbinic Leadership”.  He also holds a Masters Degree from JTS in Jewish Studies with a concentration in Jewish History.  A native of Toms River, NJ and a graduate of the Solomon Schechter Day School, Rabbi Hammerman was an active USY and Ramah participant and Youth Leader.  He is a graduate of Columbia University (’99) with a degree in Political Science and holds a B.A with “Honors and Distinction” from List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary.  He has been a visiting student at Union Theological Seminary, New York, and the Hebrew University and the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, Israel.

While studying at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Hammerman developed religious and educational programs in various, diverse communities.  For two years he served as Rabbinic Intern at the prestigious Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY. He was also Student Rabbi of Kehillat Shalom in Skokie, IL. Rabbi Hammerman directed the Office of Student Placement at the Jewish Theological Seminary for four years and has taught and brought religious leadership to small and large congregations in Baltimore, MD, White Plains, NY and northern New Jersey.

Before beginning his professional studies for the Rabbinate at the Jewish Theological Seminary, Eytan Hammerman served as Director of the Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute in Washington D.C., an innovate community service and tzedakah (charity) organization for teenagers.

With his wife Rebecca, Rabbi Hammerman founded a Masorti (Conservative) synagogue in Madrid, Spain – Congregacion Bet El - and continues to serve on the Board of the international Masorti Movement.  A “young leader” of the Conservative Movement, Rabbi Hammerman has been appointed to numerous committees and delegations representing Conservative Jewry in North America, Israel and overseas.  He is the extremely proud father of three girls, Ary, Rena and Ilana.


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Cantor Israel Singer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 21:25
Cantor Rabbi Israel Singer was born in Israel into a family of many generations of Rabbis, Chazzanim and Ba'alei Tefilah. His father David, a descendant of Rabbi Meir of Premishlan, Romania, studied Chazzanut by the famous Shelomo Ravitz, founder of the first Israeli school of Chazzanut, and officiated extensively throughout Israel. Two of his Israel’s cousins, Shmuel Barzilai and Israel Singer, are currently full-time Chazzanim in Vienna and Temple Emanuel, N.J., respectively.

Being exposed as a child to the beautiful sounds of cantorial music, Cantor Singer developed a special talent for singing and a great interest in Chazzanut from an early age. After receiving a fine Yeshiva and secular education, Israel served in the IDF at the Shiloh Hesder Yeshiva as an infantry commander during the Lebanon Campaign for four and a half years. It was after his military service that he returned to his old love of Chazzanut. He graduated from the Cantorial School in Tel Aviv where he studied in the master class for advanced students under illustrious teachers including Yitzchak Eshel, Naftali Hertstik and David Ullman.

Cantor Singer possesses a sweet lyric tenor voice of quality. His musicality and extensive knowledge of the traditional, together with his sincere interpretation of the prayers result in his fine renditions of Synagogal classics. Cantor Singer utilizes these qualities to create a deeply moving impression on the listener, in the synagogue as well as on the concert platform.

From the age of 18 Israel officiated over the high holidays in many important Synagogues such as Nahariya, Rehovot, Netanya and Brooklyn N.Y. He performed at many public functions in Israel, such as concerts, communal Seders and memorial services. Then he served as chazzan at the Green & Sea Point Hebrew Congregation, Cape Town (the largest in South African Jewry) for a number of years until May 1999. In June 1999, he accepted an appointment as chazzan of the Western Marble Arch Synagogue, London, where his congregation enjoyed the beauty and devotion of his services for about six years. During this time he obtained Rabbinical Smicha in 2003. Since March 2007, Cantor Singer officiates as the Chazzan of the Jewish Community Center in Harrison, N.Y.

In addition to his services at the various Synagogues, Cantor Singer has performed on numerous occasions at a variety of concert performances, events and gatherings in South Africa, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States.


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Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 August 2009 17:56 )
Rabbi Emeritus Norton D. Shargel PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 21:24

Rabbi Norton D. Shargel is a father, scholar, author, and community leader. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he received a BA in Philosophy and Semitics from Johns Hopkins University. He received his Master of Hebrew Letters and Rabbinical Degree in 1959 from the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 1984 Rabbi Shargel was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree from the Seminary, and in 1991 he received the degree of Doctor of Hebrew Literature. From September, 1970 until August 1998, Rabbi Shargel served as Rabbi of the Jewish Community Center of Harrison. Under his leadership, the JCCH has grown in spirit and depth. He has been active in the Inter-Congregational Layman’s Committee, President of the Westchester Board of Rabbis, a founding member of the Westchester Jewish Conference and a Board member of Westchester Jewish Community Services. Rabbi Shargel is currently Rabbi Emeritus of the JCCH and is an integral part of the synagogue family and community. Rabbi Shargel and his wife, Baila, are the parents of three children.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 August 2009 17:56 )
Cantor Emeritus Bernard Dienstag PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 21:25

Cantor Dienstag comes from a family of Rabbis, Cantors, and Jewish Scholars. He attended the High School of Performing Arts in New York, received a BA from CCNY and a Masters Degree from NYU. Cantor Dienstag received a Diploma of Hazzan and a BA in Sacred Music from the Cantors Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Cantor Dienstag has served the JCCH for over 30 years. He recently was awarded an Honorary Fellowship Degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary for his many years of service. His Jewish music concerts are educational as well as entertaining. His Torah Reading Program for adults and teenagers serves as a model for many synagogues. He has involved our teenagers in Jewish music concerts and reproductions of Broadway musicals. Cantor chaired successful campaigns for Israel Bonds, receiving the "Tower of David Award" in 1989.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 August 2009 17:57 )