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Rabbi Aubrey L. Glazer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 April 2009 21:22

Rabbi Aubrey Glazer came to the JCCH as Senior Rabbi after serving at one of North America's flagship Conservative congregations in Toronto, Canada. A native of Toronto, Canada, Rabbi Glazer holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature (University of Toronto, 1994), an M.A. in Jewish Philosophy (Jewish Theological Seminary Graduate School), and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Hermeneutics (University of Toronto, June 2005). His ordination is from the Conservative movement (Jewish Theological Seminary, 2000). His research is part of a larger commitment to revitalizing Hebrew culture and civilization. While at JTSA, Rabbi Glazer had the opportunity to serve Jewish communities across North America and in Europe. Rabbi Glazer’s publications include scholarly studies and annotated translations in: Hebrew Studies: A Journal Devoted to Hebrew Language and Literature; Kabbalah: A Journal for the Study of Mystical Texts; God’s Voice From the Void: Old & New Studies in Bratzlav Hasidism; Ariel: The Israeli Review of Arts and Letters, and Jerusalem International Poets Festival Anthology. He is married to Elyssa Wortzman, an attorney and visual artist. Elyssa has experience teaching and creating community programming for children and adults in the Toronto Jewish Community.


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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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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.

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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.

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