Cantor Jeremy Stein: Visiting Shira Specialist & Solelim
Cantor Jeremy Stein (bio, below) has shared his musical talent and passion with Palmer this past week as Visiting Shira Specialist. He has made the rounds of T’filot, chugim (electives), and Shira in the Hadar Ochel (dining room) every day. The chanichim (campers) have continued to learn new music and enjoy singing the old favorites, with much ruach, together with Cantor Stein.
Pictured above are the Solelim chanichim enjoying their chug, learning about the guitar, and singing old and new favorites.
Pictured below are Shira Specialists Cantor Stein and Micah Pickus accompanying the entire camp at the Closing Banquet, in their rousing rendition of “Tov Li beMachaneh Ramah”.
Hazzan Jeremy Stein joined Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid in July of 2009.
A native of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Hazzan Stein studied flute and arranging at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating, he toured with his jazz/rock band Flutopia. In addition to performing with his band, Hazzan Stein played on film scores, composed radio jingles, and performed at countless Jewish weddings.
In 2009, Hazzan Stein graduated from the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and College of Jewish Music at the Jewish Theological Seminary. While in Cantorial School, Hazzan Stein combined his passion for jazz, folk and pop with his love of Jewish music, composing melodies rooted in Jewish musical tradition with a modern flair. For his efforts, Hazzan Stein was awarded the Max and Sol Feld Prize in composition two consecutive years. In his final year at JTS, Hazzan Stein traveled to London and Israel to conduct field research for his thesis comparing the musical traditions of the Jews of Yemen and Aden.
Hazzan Stein ́s performances have taken him to such stages as Carnegie Hall and the Original House of Blues in Boston. He has performed many times with The Zamir Choral Foundation, sharing the stage with perennial Jewish performers Theodore Bikel and Debbie Friedman. Hazzan Stein is a passionate, dedicated teacher and enjoys working with congregants of all ages. In 2015, Hazzan Stein completed a Master of Jewish Education through the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His thesis was entitled “Sacred Destination, Many Paths: Differentiated B’nei Mitzvah Teaching” in which he explored approaches to teaching B’nei Mitzvah students with different learning styles.
Hazzan Stein is a regular volunteer at the Milwaukee Jewish Home and Care Center, visiting and serenading Milwaukee’s seniors with classics from Israel, Yiddish theater, and the Great American Songbook. Hazzan Stein lives with his wife Amanda whom he met on his first full day in Milwaukee. They are proud parents of their daughter Mirit. A lifelong New England sports fan, Hazzan Stein has quickly become an avid fan of the Milwaukee Bucks.