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Cantor Robbie Solomon

Cantor Robbie Solomon was the cantor at Ohabei Shalom from 1991—2005. During that period, he composed many of the prayer settings that continue to be used at services. His iconic Purim musical, The Orphan Queen debuted at Ohabei Shalom in1997. Robbie is also a member of the popular Jewish band, Safam, who still performs after 45 years. He has composed many of their most well-known songs, including Leaving Mother Russia, World of Our Fathers, and Peace by Piece, which he will sing tonight. His many synagogue works are published by Oy Songs and Transcontinental Music Publications, notably the recently released, Robbie Solomon Anthology, which includes the duet that he will sing tonight with Cantor Randy Schloss, Psalm 29Havu Ladonai. Cantor Robbie and Helen Solomon live in Hull, Massachusetts, near to their son and daughter-in-law, Samuel and Kristy Solomon, and three grandchildren, Nicolas, Leo, and Luciana.

Cantor Randall Schloss

Cantor Randall Schloss proudly served Temple Ohabei Shalom as Cantor from 2007to 2016 where he created an environment of engaging, participatory worship through a rich blend of musical traditions, including his own compositions. He is thrilled to back to celebrate Ohabei Shalom and to be reunited with cherished colleagues and friends, David Sparr, Andy O’Connell, Shari Churwin, and Cantor Robbie Solomon. Cantor Schloss recently moved to Los Angeles where he is Cantor at Temple Isaiah. Cantor Schloss received his ordination and a Masters Degree in Sacred Music from the School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York where he currently serves on the faculty. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Cornell University and a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. In his spare time, he has been known to run the Boston and New York Marathons. Most of all, Cantor Schloss enjoys sharing his love of Judaism and music with his wife, soprano Leah Schloss,and their two daughters, Maya and Sonya.

Leah Schloss

A native of Berkeley, California, Soprano Leah Schloss’ holds a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Michigan. She has sung with the Sarasota Opera, Bronx Opera, Encompass Music Theater, and Pocket Opera and has appeared in numerous recitals and concerts. She has also been a soloist at Central Synagogue, Sutton Place Synagogue, Temple Israel of New Rochelle and Temple Ohabei Shalom. Whenever possible, Leah enjoys singing with her husband, Cantor Randall Schloss, spending time with their daughters, and pretending to be a painter, chef, marathon runner and gardener.

Cantor Maayan Harel

Cantor Maayan Harel has been a member of the Temple Ohabei Shalom family since 2017.  A cantorial student at Hebrew College at the time, Cantor Maayan had the honor of co-leading Yom Kippur services at TOS.  This was her very first experience of leading High Holiday services, and Temple Ohabei Shalom provided her with an uplifting and moving experience that she will never forget.  As soon as she first stepped through the doors of Temple Ohabei Shalom, she knew that it was a special place. The wonderfully inclusive clergy, staff, and community made it clear that Ohabei Shalom truly embodied their name, “lovers of peace.” 

Having been ordained at Hebrew College, where she also received a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education, Cantor Maayan is the cantor at Temple Beth David in Canton, MA.

Cantor Maayan still loves being a part of the Ohabei Shalom community.  She has the privilege of teaching Hebrew School students as well as working to prepare B’nei Mitzvah students, thus witnessing the children’s growth from the moment they first start learning Torah Trope to the day they are standing on the Bima and chanting from the Torah.

Cantor Maayan is very excited to participate in the One Hundred and Eightieth  Anniversary Concert at Temple Ohabei Shalom, a temple which she dearly loves.

David Sparr

Back in the summer of Y2K, Cantor Robbie Solomon took quite a gamble hiring an untrained piano player who knew next to nothing about Jewish music and had never conducted a choir or arranged music for a band.Who could have known that gamble would result in 22 years of being embraced by the Ohabei Shalom community–the synagogue where my maternal grandparents were members for most of their adult lives! As it turned out, this fortuitous stroke of luck has provided me with the opportunity to learn and collaborate with (and occasionally try the patience of)world class Cantors like Robbie Solomon and Randall Schloss, which in many ways was like getting a graduate level degree in Jewish music. And as a bonus, I always have had a front row seat to gain fascinating insights into Jewish learning from our clergy...from my early days with Rabbis Emily Lipof and Sanford Selzer all the way through to our current Rabbis Audrey Berkman and Jenn Queen. While my career has allowed me to work with such luminaries as Sarah Caldwell, Joel Grey, LindaHopkins, and dozens of the finest Cantors around the world, the creative inspiration that Ohabei Shalom has provided me right here at home has been second to none. I am so grateful to the congregation and to Shari and the entire TOS staff for always being so supportive. And as some of our people would say, “Baruch Ha-Shem” for being so fortunate to live on the ocean in Nahant, MA with my wife Jamie Leader and Grogu (thefluffapotamus), who provide the sparkle in my life.

Joshua C. Cohen

Joshua C. Cohen has been involved in the Jewish music world ever since he picked up a guitar and learned to sing at Jewish summer camps, like URJ Camp Newman and Kutz. Currently, he is the full time Music Educator at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline MA. He has also spent over a decade song leading for youth groups and congregations across the country and continues to do so. Cohen has also performed at the URJ Biennial and past New CAJE conferences and you can listen to him on Jewish Rock Radio. Finally, his full-length album of Jewish music titled "Romemu" exemplifies his passion for Jewish music and Ruach that he can’t wait to share with others! Josh lives with his new wife, Becca Weiss Cohen in their new home in Dedham with Carter, their new dog.

Andy O'Connell

Andy O’Connell, a book editor and former synagogue Trustee, has been providing musical accompaniment for services at Temple Ohabei Shalom for more than 20 years.

He is married to Sharon Levine, head of Geriatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, who loves to sing with Andy and their two daughters, Molly and Jenny.

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman

Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman has served Temple Ohabei Shalom since July of 2017. A graduate of Oberlin College (1996) and Harvard Divinity School (Masters of Theological Studies) (1999), Rabbi Berkman was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 2007, where she received a Wexner Graduate Fellowship for her studies. She has served communities and families throughout the Boston area since 2007, impositions including Rabbi/Hillel Director at Wellesley College, Rabbi of Shir Hadash, a Reconstructionist congregation in Newton, MA, and Jewish Chaplain for Hebrew Senior Life and for Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Rabbi Berkman is married to Rabbi Jethro Berkman, Program Officer for Jewish Education for the Mandel Foundation. They live with their three sons and two dogs in the village of Auburndale in Newton. Rabbi Berkman is honored to serve as the spiritual leader of such a musical, historic, and warm community.

Rabbi Jennifer Queen

Rabbi Jenn Queen was born on Boston's North Shore and has called a number of places home-Boca Raton, FL, Dallas, TX, Charlottesville, VA, Washington DC to name a few. She received her BA at Indiana University-Bloomington (2009, Jewish Studies and Human Sexuality) and Master's in Public Health at The George Washington University (2012). After years of working in sexuality education and reproductive justice advocacy, Rabbi Queen pursued rabbinic ordination at HebrewUnion College-Jewish Institute of Religion (NY, 2019), during which she served communities large and small, bringing her love of Torah, Jewish peoplehood, and holistic, meaningful living to folks at all ages and stage, and is thrilled to have found her professional home at Temple Ohabei Shalom!

Rabbi Queen lives in Cambridge with her partner Michael and pitbull mix, Priya, and loves music, meditation, social justice, NPR, being active, and caring for her house plants.

Thu, December 8 2022 14 Kislev 5783