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CANTOR SAM RADWINE: Cantor Samuel B. Radwine was Cantor of Congregation Ner Tamid of South Bay from 1986-2013. Cantor Radwine grew up in Taylorville, Illinois. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a B.S. in Instrumental Music Education.
His investiture as a Cantor from the Hebrew Union College in 1981 was the culmination of five years of graduate studies in New York City. Currently, Cantor Radwine serves on the faculty of the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College and the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Prior to coming to Congregation Ner Tamid, Cantor Radwine served the United Jewish Center in Danbury, Connecticut. Cantor Radwine has a number of professional affiliations including membership in the American Conference of Cantors and the National Association of Temple Educators.
Beginning in July, Cantor Radwine will become the Religious Leader of Congregation Etz Chaim of Bentonville, Arkansas
CANTOR JOSEPH GOLE: Joseph Gole received his Doctor of Music, honoris causa, in from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York. His professional career credits have included numerous performances and appearances with various organizations including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pacific Palisades Orchestra, The American Youth Symphony, Guild Opera Company of Los Angeles, the Laguna Opera, and Euterpe Opera Company. In addition, he has performed at the Holland Festival and the Edinburgh Festival of Scotland. Concert appearances have included numerous cities throughout the United States, Canada and Israel. As a cantor, he served for over twenty-three years as the Senior Cantor of Sinai Temple, the oldest and one of the most prestigious synagogues in Los Angeles. He also served Congregation Mogen David in West Los Angeles for eighteen years. In addition, he has been a guest cantor for the High Holidays at Temple Israel in Great Neck New York and for the Persian community in Los Angeles. A native of Southern California, Joseph Gole attended the University of Judaism, Hebrew Union College, and earned his degree in opera and voice at the University of Southern California. He grew up in Los Angeles and attended Adat Ari El, Los Angeles Hebrew High and Camp Ramah. He studied privately with Hazzan Allan Michelson, Hazzan Samuel Kelemer, and Jewish repertoire coach Erwin Jospe. Also, he has worked privately in the past under the tutelage of the world famous opera singer Giorio Tozzi, Seth Riggs, and classical repertoire coaches James Low and Armen Guzelimian. He is currently studying with Richard Slade.
He served as the International President of the Cantors Assembly – the largest professional organization of cantors in the world with 550 members and was a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. A past chairman of the West Coast Region of the Cantors Assembly, Cantor Gole served as a co chairman of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Cantors Assembly that was held in New York City and appeared in performances at Carnegie Hall and Central Park He has also co-chaired conventions and missions in Los Angeles, Poland and Israel. Cantor Gole is a featured cantor in the recently released documentary film – 100 Voices – a Journey Home, which played throughout the United States and Canada. In the film, he is one of the featured soloists that sang at the Warsaw Opera House, Krakow Philharmonic Hall and the Jewish Music Festival of Krakow.
A recipient of the regional United Synagogue Award for outstanding creative programming, Cantor Gole has served on the faculty at the American Jewish University, Academy of Jewish Religion and the Baal Tephilah Institute, and has encouraged numerous young hazzanim who now occupy leading cantorial positions. He has personally trained hundreds of children in the skill of conducting the cantorial portion of the Shabbat morning service and has prepared hundreds of children for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. He regularly participates in life cycle events of his congregants. Cantor Gole started the Sinai Temple Chevra Kadisha, which is the first Chevra Kadisha at a Conservative Congregation in Southern California.
CANTOR JONATHAN L. FRIEDMANN, Ph.D: Jonathan Friedman, Ph.D., is Professor of Jewish Music History at the Academy for Jewish Religion California, Extraordinary Associate Professor of Theology at North-West University (NWU), Potchefstroom, South Africa, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at NWU in Musical Arts in South Africa: Resources and Applications. Jonathan spends his time writing, professing, string playing, composing-arranging, serving as a pulpit cantor, and researching the roles of music in human life. He is the author or editor of fifteen books, most recently Music in Our Lives: Why We Listen, How It Works (McFarland, 2015).
LISA PEICOTT: Lisa Peicott, a soprano from Southern California, has been studying classical voice for the past 15 years. She earned both her B.A. and Masters of Music in Voice/Opera Performance from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. She is currently completing her fourth year as a Cantorial student at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. Lisa has been serving as the Cantorial Intern of Sinai Temple in Beverly Hills for the last four years under the guidance and mentorship of Cantor Marcus Feldman. Lisa is expecting to be ordained as a Cantor in May of 2018.
CHERI WEISS: Cheri Weiss is a fourth-year year Cantorial student at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Los Angeles and serves as Cantorial Intern at Congregation Beth El in La Jolla. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Vocal Performance from CSU Northridge and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Cheri served as Adjunct Professor of Music at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA and taught private voice lessons. She has performed at numerous venues throughout San Diego County including the Lyceum Theater, Poway Center for the Performing Arts, the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center as well as many Synagogues. Cheri performed the Israel premier of her original song cycle, "Shirim L'Emma" (“Songs for Emma”) at the Haifa Museum and lived in Israel for 6 years.
Cheri released her album, “HINENI: Music for the High Holy Days” in 2016. The album was distributed free of charge to nearly 1000 homebound seniors who were unable to attend synagogue services due to illness or other reasons beyond their control; as well as Chaplains and other clergy working in hospitals, hospices, retirement homes, etc. Proceeds from this concert will go towards helping Cheri distribute 10,000 free copies by the next High Holy Days to those in need of spiritual comfort who will be unable to attend a synagogue service.
DIANE BENAROYA: Diane Benaroya, pianist and accompanist for Community Choirs & Theater, taught piano, organ and general music in schools in Tel Aviv, San Diego, Buffalo and Atlanta. Besides working in the music world, Diane is the proud Co-Owner/Publisher of L'CHAIM MAGAZINE, www.lchaimmagazine.com.
RUTH WEBER: Ruth Weber holds a Master of Music degree in Performance and teaches music at two San Diego colleges. Ms. Weber’s original music has won numerous international awards including the Jewish American Songwriting Competition and the Shalshelet International Jewish Music Festival 2016. She has performed internationally, and was a performing artist with the Marantz piano-corder division and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. Ruth Weber is the Artistic Director/Conductor of The San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir, a Billboard Charting, multi-award- winning ensemble.
HILLEL KATZEFF: Hillel got his first guitar at age 14 in South Africa when his parents were away, and his sisters bought him one so he would stop nagging. He also plays harmonica and ukulele. He enjoys playing folk and rock music in groups as well as solo. Occasionally he plays during Friday night services at Congregation Beth El, accompanying Cheri Weiss and the Shirenu Chorus.
THE SHIRENU CHORUS OF CONGREGATION BETH EL: An eclectic group of singers from around the world who join together in song and prayer. Members are: Martha Alden, Irv Bressel, Myra Bressel, Carla Fischel, Carla Grosmann, Adriana Herstein, Varda Levram-Ellison, Esther Moscona, Eugene Newman, Suzanne Newman, Mort Printz, Dan Weiss & David Zilberberg.