Convocation at JTS Honors Cantors for Dedicated Service

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June 10, 2013, New York, NY

Honorary doctorates were awarded to 25 cantors-members of the Cantors Assembly who have served the Jewish community with distinction-by The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) at a convocation on Thursday, June 6. Through the degrees, JTS celebrated the achievements of these spiritual leaders and voiced appreciation for their manifold contributions to Jewish life.

The ceremony took place at the JTS campus in New York City. Professor Arnold M. Eisen, chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary, conferred the degrees and delivered the convocation address. Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies and provost of JTS, presided. Cantor Nancy Abramson, Michael Greene Director of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music of JTS, and Joan Schreiber, chair of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School Advisory Committee, sponsored the honorees. Hazzan Jack Chomsky made the remarks on behalf of the cantors being honored.

The 2013 honorees are:

Hazzan Jerome Barry, Silver Spring, Maryland
Hazzan Emil Berkovits, Swampscott, Massachusetts
Hazzan Jerome Berkowitz, Mequon, Wisconsin
Hazzan Jack Chomsky, Columbus, Ohio
Hazzan Kenneth Bruce Cohen, Stamford, Connecticut
Hazzan Sanford D. Cohn, West Hartford, Connecticut
Hazzan Howard (Hamid) Dardashti, Boynton Beach, Florida
Hazzan Elihu Joseph Flax, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Hazzan Moshe Friedler, Titusville, Florida
Hazzan Edwin Philip Gerber, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Hazzan Kenneth Lewis Koransky, Oyster Bay, New York
Hazzan Mark E. Kushner, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hazzan Alan Lefkowitz, Windsor, Connecticut
Hazzan William Lieberman, Weston, Florida
Hazzan Mitchell Joshua Martin,
Lake Worth, Florida
Hazzan Richard Nadel, Springfield, New Jersey
Hazzan Emanuel C. Perlman, Baltimore, Maryland
Hazzan David Michael Propis, Houston, Texas
Hazzan Elias Roochvarg, Charlotte, North Carolina
Hazzan Israel Rosen, Hollywood, Florida
Hazzan Bruce L. Ruben, New York, New York
Hazzan Arnold Howard Saltzman, Washington DC
Hazzan Jeffrey Shiovitz, Briarcliff Manor, New York
Hazzan Robbie Solomon, Baltimore, Maryland
Hazzan Eliot Ira Vogel, Narberth, Pennsylvania