Choosing a Cantor


Hazzan Jeffrey S. Weber

We are very excited to inform you of the selection of our new Cantor at Beth Sholom.  The Board of Directors unanimously and enthusiastically approved the engagement of  Cantor Jeffrey S. Weber as our new Hazzan. This decision was reached based on the recommendation of the Cantor Search Committee, the Executive Committee and the positive comments of many members who met and heard him during his weekend visit to Beth Sholom in February.

Cantor Weber was born in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and grew up in Commack, New York.  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School of Music.  Cantor Weber attended the Jewish Theological Seminary, H.L. Miller Cantorial School where he earned his diploma of Hazzan and a Masters in Sacred Music in 2005. Inthe summer of 2012, Cantor Weber was a soloist at the Berlin Concert Hall with the Cantors' Assembly, also singing in Poland and Israel. He can be seen in the documentary film 100 Voices: A Journey Home, highlighting the Cantors' Assembly Mission to Poland. Cantor Weber believes in integrating traditional hazzanut along with contemporary styles of prayer to engage the community in meaningful worship.

Cantor Weber joins us after serving at Temple Beth Sholom in Sarasota, Florida.  He and his wife, Andrea, have two sons in high school.

The Cantor Search Committee spent nearly three years searching for the right Cantor for our Congregation. During that period, the Committee reviewed over 60 applications, listened to scores of music selections from the applicants, held telephone, Skype and on-site interviews, checked references, posted updates to the Congregation and spent hundreds of hours meeting to evaluate and discuss candidates based on congregational surveys and input from our members. I want to thank everyone who has been involved in the selection process during our three year odyssey to select a  new Cantor. I am particularly grateful to Jeffrey Gordon and Sheryl Love, the current chairs of the Selection Committee, for their deft leadership during this year's selection process. In addition, I take this opportunity to extend my deepest thanks to the members of the Search Committee: Arthur Frankel, Marcel Groen, Donna Levin, Arnold Lurie, Rick Manstein, Emma Raymont, Alan Rothman, Harvey Rubin, Mimi Schneirov, Kay Schwartz and Warren Vogel. Last, I thank our clergy for their guidance in this process and the entire Beth Sholom staff for their valuable assistance.

Cantor Weber officially began at Beth Sholom on July 1. A series of opportunities to meet Cantor Weber is being planned to welcome and integrate him and his family into our congregation and community.  Please watch for those opportunities to join us.

B'shalom,

Shelley Hittinger
President