Following up on an idea initiated at the end of the last year by the Religious Life Committee (RLC) supported by the Ahavas Israel Board of Trustees early this year, the RLC worked to hire a Shaliach Tzibur (cantor) to lead our upcoming High Holiday services. An RLC subcommittee reviewed 12 candidates’ resumes and sound files which lead to Ed Miller and Rabbi Krishef interviewing our top candidate, Rabbi Shlomo Atzil-Zacharow and offering him the position which he accepted in March.
Rabbi Zacharow will be traveling from his home in Jerusalem, Israel to lead our High Holiday services. Rabbi Zacharow has led High Holiday services as Cantor or Rabbi all over the world and has been a Lecturer in Rabbinics at the Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem since 2003. He graduated from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia with a B.A., Cum Laude in International Relations in 1990 and received his Rabbinical ordination and M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary, Jerusalem in 2000.
Rabbi Zacharow has a very warm personality, a great voice, and lots of ruach. We are excited and really looking forward to Rabbi Zacharow leading us for the upcoming High Holidays. Rabbi Krishief will be coordinating High Holidays cantorial leadership with him, so please contact Rabbi Krishef for any questions.
You can listen to samples of Rabbi Zacharow's singing, below: