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Cantor Candidate Visits - February and March 2018

 FEBRUARY 16-18

We look forward to welcoming Cantor Shira Lissek to Charlotte February 16-18 and hope you will plan to participate in one or more of the following opportunities to meet and interact with her, and hear her lead us in prayer and song during her visit. 

Highlights of her visit will include:

Friday, February 16

  • Torah Tots Service led by Cantor Shira Lissek and Rabbi Helene Kornsgold, 5:45-6:15pm
  • Ma’ariv Service led by Temple Israel Clergy and Cantor Shira Lissek,
    6:15-7:15pm

Saturday, February 17

  • Shachrit Service led by Cantor Shira Lissek, 9:30-10am
  • Meet n’ Greet with Cantor Shira Lissek and Junior Congregation Preview, 
    10-11am
  • Musaf Service and Teaching Moment led by Cantor Shira Lissek, 11am–12pm
  • Kiddush with Zmirot led by Cantor Shira Lissek, 12-1pm
  • Q & A with Cantor Shira Lissek, 1:15-2pm
  • Torah on Tap (Young Professionals) Event at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery with Cantor Shira Lissek, 8:30-10pm

Sunday, February 18

  • Morning Minyan led by Cantor Shira Lissek, 9-9:45am
  • TIRS Parent Meet n’ Greet with Cantor Shira Lissek, 11:00-11:45am
    (*Rabbi Kornsgold will be baking hamentashen with TIRS students during this time)
  • Lunch and Shira with TIRS students led by Cantor Shira Lissek, 11:45am- 12:30pm 
    (*Lunch and candidate debrief for TIRS parents during this time)

 

About Cantor Shira Lissek:
Shira Lissek is currently the Associate Cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, where she has served since 2013. Cantor Lissek earned a Master's in Music from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where she majored in voice on a merit scholarship, and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University School of Music in vocal performance. Prior to embarking on her cantorial career, Shira sang on prestigious concert and opera stages including Mimi in La Boheme at the Philadelphia Kimmel Center and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Seattle Opera. Cantor Lissek completed the CICA (Cantorial Intern of the Cantors Assembly) program in 2015 and she is a member of the Cantors Assembly.

Cantor Lissek was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where she learned the art of being a Cantor from her father, Cantor Leon Lissek of Congregation B’nai Amoona. Her mentors include Cantors David Barash, Leon Lissek, Azi Schwartz and Paul Zim. She is also the granddaughter of the late Rabbi Pinchas Chasin of Philadelphia and great-granddaughter Hazzan Hirsch L. Chazin of New Jersey. She began serving as Hazzan Sheni at age 19, when she was invited to lead High Holiday services for Congregation Beth Shalom of Kansas City and then Congregation Gesher Shalom (The Jewish Community Center of Fort Lee, NJ). Prior to Park Avenue Synagogue, she served as Hazzan and Music Director of Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights for six years.

Cantor Lissek has participated in numerous interfaith services and events and shared her voice with the Jewish community and broader community at national conventions and professional sporting events. She has been invited to serve as Hazzan in Residence at many congregations around the world including West London Synagogue in London and Agudat Achim in Washington D.C. In 2017, Cantor Lissek released her second solo album titled Ani Maamin, I Believe: A Voice For Humanity, featuring reflective and prayerful songs that serve as Lissek's love poem to the human spirit.

To learn more about Cantor Lissek’s music, listen to samples from her solo albums and view videos from Shabbat and Holiday services, please visit www.ShiraLissek.com.

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FEBRUARY 23-25 

We look forward to welcoming Cantor Jason Green to Charlotte, February 23-25, and hope you will plan to participate in one or more of the following opportunities to meet and interact with him, and hear him lead us in prayer and song during his visit. 

 

Highlights of his visit will include:

 

Friday, February 23

  • Torah Tots Service led by Cantor Jason Green and Rabbi Helene Kornsgold,  5:45-6:15pm
  • Ma’ariv Service led by Temple Israel Clergy and Cantor Jason Green,
    6:15-7:15pm

Saturday, February 24

  • Shachrit Service led by Cantor Jason Green, 9:30-10am
  • Meet n’ Greet with Cantor Jason Green and Junior Congregation Preview, 
    10-11am
  • Musaf Service and Teaching Moment led by Cantor Jason Green, 11am–12pm
  • Kiddush with Zmirot led by Cantor Jason Green, 12-1pm
  • Q & A with Cantor Jason Green, 1:15-2pm
  • Torah on Tap (Young Professionals) Event at Queen Park Social with Cantor Jason Green, 8:30-10pm

Sunday, February 25

  • Morning Minyan led by Cantor Jason Green, 9-9:45am
  • TIRS Parent Meet n’ Greet with Cantor Jason Green, 9:45-10:30am
  • TIRS Purim Assembly led by Cantor Jason Green and Rabbi Helene Kornsgold, 11-11:45am

 

About Cantor Jason Green

Jason Green is currently the Cantor and Director of Community Development at New London Synagogue in London, England, where he has served since 2013. Cantor Green holds a diploma in Nusach Hat’filah (Prayer modes) and Chazanut (Cantorial Art) from the London School of Jewish Studies, having studied with Cantor Stephen Robins, Cantor Jerome Kopmar and Robert Davis.  Cantor Green was certified as a member of the Cantors Assembly in 2007 and earned his Cantorial Commission from the Cantors Assembly in 2011.

 

Cantor Green is a native of Montreal, Canada, where he began singing as a child soprano in his Synagogue's choir at age six.   He became its conductor at 15, under the tutelage of Stephen Glass. He continued his vocal development and knowledge of repertoire by joining the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir in 1992, soon afterwards becoming its associate conductor. He formed a professional choir to sing at the Shaar’s parallel High Holy Day services, which he directed for the next six years. From 2004 until June 2013, Cantor Green held cantorial/programming positions in Baltimore, Maryland; Dayton, Ohio; and Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Cantor Green is known for establishing professional-quality volunteer adult and youth choirs and introducing many unique programs and educational offerings to his congregations such as "High-Tech Megillah Reading"; Limousine Sukkah Hop; Cantor
& Cantonese Shabbat Dinner; “T4” (Teen Torah Trope Troupe); and “Sermon in Song".

To listen to samples of Cantor Green’s music, click on the links below:

Kol Nidre 

L’Cha Dodi

M’heira

Ochila La’Eil

 

To view videos of Cantor Green’s performances, click on the links below:

Dreidle Song

Pitchu Li

My Zaidy

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MARCH 2-4

We look forward to welcoming Cantor Jeremy Lipton to
Charlotte March 2-4 and hope you will plan to participate in one or more of the following opportunities to meet and interact with him, and hear him lead us in prayer and song during his visit. 

Highlights will include:

Friday, March 2:

  • Torah Tots Service led by Cantor Jeremy Lipton and Rabbi Helene Kornsgold, 5:45-6:15pm
  • Ma’ariv Service led by Temple Israel Clergy and Cantor Jeremy Lipton,
    6:15-7:15pm

     

Saturday, March 3:
 

  • Shachrit Service led by Cantor Jeremy Lipton, 9:30-10am
  • Meet n’ Greet with Cantor Jeremy Lipton and Junior Congregation Preview,
    10-11am
  • Musaf Service and Teaching Moment led by Cantor Jeremy Lipton,
    11am-12pm
  • Kiddush with Zmirot led by Cantor Jeremy Lipton, 12-1pm
  • Q & A with Cantor Jeremy Lipton, 1:15-2pm

Sunday, March 4:

  • Morning Minyan led by Cantor Jeremy Lipton, 9-9:45am
  • TIRS Parent Meet n’ Greet with Cantor Jeremy Lipton, 9:45-10:30am
  • Sira with TIRS Students led by Cantor Jeremy Lipton, 11:25-11:55am

 

About Cantor Jeremy Lipton

Jeremy Lipton is currently the Cantor at Congregation Agudas Achim in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served since 2008. Prior to assuming this pulpit, he served as the Senior Cantor of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California from 1991-2008. Cantor Lipton earned both Bachelor's and Master's of Music Degrees in Music/Vocal Performance from California State University and he is currently a candidate for a second Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies, with Rabbinic Ordination, from the Academy for Jewish Religion. He received his Hazzan-Minister Commission from the Cantors Assembly in 1991.

Cantor Lipton was the founding faculty member of the Baal Tefillah Institute (a joint project of the Cantors Assembly and American Jewish University), a comprehensive training program in liturgy for lay people, where he trained hundreds of lay and professional leaders in cantillation and nusach hat’fillah (prayer modes) for the entire liturgical year. He has also held academic posts as Professor of Liturgical Studies at the Cantorial School of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, as well as Adjunct Lecturer in Nusach and Liturgy at the American Jewish University’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. Cantor Lipton has held numerous leadership positions on both regional and international levels with the Cantors Assembly over the years, including Chair of the Education Committee, Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, Chair of the Western Region, and most recently, as Chair of the Placement Committee.

Cantor Lipton has taught Choral Conducting, Voice, and Opera at a number of secular colleges and universities and he has served as a guest lecturer and presenter on a variety of directed topics in Jewish music and liturgy. As a performer, Cantor Lipton has appeared in countless Cantorial concerts in the United States and he has conducted multiple concerts in major venues in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville.

To listen to samples of Cantor Lipton’s music, click on the link below:

Cantor Lipton audio files

Mon, June 18 2018 5 Tammuz 5778