Intimate voices – Music of Jewish Spirit
Cantors Concert: Intimate Voices, Music of Jewish Spirit
Saturday, December 8
7 pm Lavish Hors d’Oeuvres, Desserts and Festive Beverages!
8 pm Renowned Cantors and Instrumental Virtuosi Perform Spirited Musical Treasures!
Cantor Juval Porat is joined by five of the most talented cantorial voices in SoCal plus four outstanding musicians, creating a joyous Hanukkah holiday celebration.
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Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro
Cantor Kerith Spencer-Shapiro has been with University Synagogue since 2014. She received her cantorial ordination and masters of sacred music from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003.
Cantor Shapiro’s was the first female voice to be heard at the Eldridge Street Synagogue in New York City. She has also appeared in concert at Town Hall and Symphony Space in New York City; Beit Daniel, Tel Aviv, Israel; The Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome, Italy; and at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Cantor Shapiro has also been a leader in interfaith dialogue through Saint Joseph’s University Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations and Sacred Heart University’s Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding. She has been a guest lecturer at the Hebrew Union College (New York & LA campuses), New York University’s Ireland House and Trinity College in Dublin.
Originally from West Hartford, Connecticut, she graduated with a B.A. in English from Macalester College in St Paul, Minnesota, and then pursued further study at the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Cantor Shapiro served on the board of the American Conference of Cantors from 2006-2018, as a trustee and as vice president of member relations and external partnerships. She currently is the cantorial liaison to the Central Conference of American Rabbis’ Task Force on Women in the Rabbinate. Cantor Shapiro has a personal meditation practice and is pursuing training as a Jewish Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
She is married to Dr. Scott Spencer, an academic trained in ethnomusicology, whose work focuses on intersections of oral tradition and digital technology. They live in Pacific Palisades with their two children, Zev and Frances.
Cantor Chayim Frenkel
In his 34 years as cantor of Kehillat Israel, Cantor Chayim Frenkel has built an impressive career marked by a series of exceptional musical accomplishments. Blessed with a rich, warm tenor voice and an ability to nurture others’ talents, Chayim has become a driving force in the world of modern Jewish music and cantorial practice, following in the very large footsteps of his late father, Hazzan Uri Frenkel.
Cantor Frenkel has commissioned and produced numerous recordings, including “Nishmat Tzedek – A Righteous Soul,” an orchestral and choral suite in honor of his brother Tzvi, of blessed memory. Chayim’s dear friend, the acclaimed Cantor Meir Finkelstein, composed the work. The composition had its world premier at KI in 1994. Cantor Frenkel and Meir expanded their recording into a book and compact disc package as a gift of healing to those who have lost loved ones in the ongoing terrorism that plagues our world.
In 1995, Cantor Frenkel served as executive director of Cantor Finkelstein’s moving oratorio, “Liberation,” commemorating the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps.
In 1998, Cantor Frenkel served as co-chair of the Cantors Assembly’s celebration in honor of the State of Israel’s 50th anniversary. As part of these festivities, he performed at Carnegie Hall and produced a concert in New York’s Central Park, attended by over 10,000 people.
Cantor Frenkel has commissioned and produced numerous recordings and, in 2009, he launched KI tunes (kitunes.org), which offers free downloads of all the music of KI that he has produced. Chayim loves to travel, especially when leading KI family trips to Israel.
Cantor Frenkel lives in Pacific Palisades with his beloved wife, Marsi and daughter Molli, while his older daughter Mandi lives in Israel.
Cantor David Reinwald
Cantor David Reinwald, a Chicago native, has been the cantor of Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana since 2010. He holds a Bachelors in Music, Media, and Jewish Studies from Indiana University – Bloomington and was ordained as a cantor by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York City in 2006. He is a member of the executive board of the American Conference of Cantors.
Cantor Reinwald is inspired by Jewish and cantorial music that is both classic and contemporary, and also has a specialization in music written and performed during the Holocaust. Out of his masters thesis research, Cantor Reinwald created an hour long transformative experience and performance entitled Cabaret of the Holocaust: Notes of Satire from the Stages, Cafes, and Streets of the Ghettos. His research is archived in the collections of the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and at Yad Vashem in Israel.
The cantor’s debut album, Here I Stand, features many of his own compositions. He is the creator and host of the unique podcast Tropeful (www.tropeful.net), studying Torah through the perspective of the trope system.
Cantor Juval Porat
Classically trained (in Germany and Israel) and incredibly creative, Cantor Juval Porat has been uplifting BCC souls since his arrival in 2008. From sacred song to pop culture to his own creations, in drag for Purim or as an elegant interpreter of prayer, solo or in collaboration with congregants, co-clergy, and other musicians, as teacher, prayer leader, choir director, concert producer, songwriter, CD soloist, Juval unceasingly delights and inspires as a spiritual and musical guide along our life journeys.
Cantor Jennifer Bern-Vogel
Cantor Jennifer Bern-Vogel was ordained in 1995 at Hebrew Union College – Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in New York. Cantor of the historic Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk, Virginia for thirteen years, Jennifer and her family relocated to southern California in 2009 to be closer to her husband’s parents, both Holocaust survivors. Since her arrival, Bern-Vogel now serves Congregation Emanuel El [formerly of San Bernardino] in Redlands, which traces its history back to the early 1850s when the first Jewish settlers came to southern California.
Cantor Bern-Vogel studied Yiddish Art Song with Singer, Masha Benya, of blessed memory, in New York and also appeared at the Folksbine Theater in “Sheyn tsu zayn a Yid” with the legendary Tsipora Speisman, of blessed memory, during their 80th season in 1996. An active member of the American Conference of Cantors, Cantor Bern-Vogel was in the 2nd Cantorial cohort with the Jewish Institute of Spirituality.
Cantor Rebekah Mirsky
The founding cantor of Beit Teshuvah, Cantor Rebekah Mirsky now serves as cantor at congregation B’nai Horin and Santa Monica Synagogue. Rebekah’s compositions have been used by congregations all over the United States.