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TBT NAMES FIRST NEW CANTOR IN 55 YEARS- New Cantor to Increase the Role of Music and Song in the Religious Experience -
Temple Beth Torah has chosen Carol Chesler as its newest Cantor, the first in over 55 years, replacing Cantor Kalman Fliegelman who retired on June 30th. Upon his retirement, Cantor Fliegelman earned the honorable title of Cantor Emeritus, the first such distinction given at Temple Beth Torah.
Cantor Chesler was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and has served as Hazzan at the Malverne Jewish Center and Huntington Jewish Center; she is currently the Hazzan at Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook. Her formal education includes a Masters in Sacred Music, Diploma of Hazzan from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) of America, as well as a Bachelors of Arts from the College-Conservatory of Music at The University of Cincinnati. She has received several honors and awards, including the Torah Fund Woman of Achievement award. Cantor Chesler is also a JTS Honoree. In addition to her skills as a shlichat tzibur (messenger of the congregation) at synagogue services, she is an accomplished song leader and music teacher for families and children of all ages. She has focused much of her energy and passion on working with very young children. Cantor Chesler is a member of the Cantors Assembly.
In her new role as Cantor, she will lead worship, officiate at lifecycle events, run the synagogue choir programs and serve as a dedicated teacher and tutor for the Temple’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah students.
“We at temple Beth Torah have mixed emotions. We cherish Cantor Fliegelman and will truly miss him leading our services, but we are thrilled to have Cantor Chesler follow in his footsteps. She brings great energy and excitement and her voice and personality have already begun to inspire us,” said Temple Beth Torah’s Rabbi Michael Katz. “With the appointment of Cantor Chesler, Temple Beth Torah gains a new spiritual leader who brings with her vast knowledge of Judaism combined with a unique passion for music and song, elements that can greatly elevate the impact of our religious experience.”
“Presenting a unique perspective on religious ceremony and teachings, Cantor Chesler brings with her many skills and abilities which we believe will both inspire and engage with our members, in particular, our younger families and their children, making Conservative traditions more approachable. We look forward to Cantor Fliegelman to remain a member of Temple Beth Torah’s family and we welcome Cantor Chesler to our Temple and community,” added Andrew Marshall, President of Temple Beth Torah.
Cantor Chesler said, “I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to become part of the Temple Beth Torah community, and serve its members both on the Bima and off. I look forward to working with everyone, with the goal of bringing beautiful and joyous music to our services, and our programs. The prospect of being able to focus my energies on one community, one congregation, is a dream come true.”
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