Our Cantor

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Descended from performing vaudevillian grandparents on one side and off-the-boat, Eastern European orthodox Jews on the other, Hazzan Reuven (Randy) Herman seemed destined to integrate the worlds of musical performance and Judaism. He was raised in Grand Rapids, MI, and attended the University of Michigan, majoring in theater and psychology. After working briefly as a musician in Paris, and as an actor on the East Coast, Hazzan Herman settled in Chicago, where he cofounded the critically acclaimed Theater Oobleck, an avant-garde theater troupe. As a pianist, singer and songwriter, he has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad in nightclubs and festivals, at private events, and on live radio, and has worked extensively as a studio musician. In addition to contributing keyboard parts and vocals on several recordings, he has produced his own CD’s which have been heard on college and commercial radio and reviewed in major publications. He is featured on the CD The Spirit of Israel II, produced by the Cantors Assembly and the USCJ.

Hazzan Herman spent a year of study in Jerusalem, where he attended the Conservative Yeshiva, spent time in ultra-orthodox communities, and sang in the Great Synagogue choir. He received cantorial investiture and a Masters of Sacred Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC in 2008. He has been a featured guest cantor and concert performer in several synagogues throughout the U.S., and has led Shabbat services at the famed Chor Shul (Choral Synagogue) in Vilnius, Lithuania, and at the Great Synagogue of Stockholm. He served as the cantor of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor (The Hamptons); as High Holiday cantor for two years at Temple El Emeth in Youngstown, OH; as a frequent leader of the legendary Friday evening services at Ramath Orah on 110th Street in NYC; as musical director of the Friday Night Live series at Temple Beth El in Stamford, CT; and as the substitute cantor for one year at Temple Israel of Great Neck. Hazzan Herman is currently working on a new CD of his exciting and innovative original Jewish songs. He recently returned from the Cantors Assembly Mission to Poland, where he performed with several cantors at the Krakow Jewish Culture Festival. After a one year, part time interim position at Bet Torah in 2007, Hazzan Herman joined the community as our fulltime Hazzan in the summer of 2008.