Hazzan Asa Fradkin

Hazzan Asa Fradkin

afradkin@bethelmc.org

301-652-2606 ext. 317

Hazzan Asa Fradkin joined Beth El in 2017. Raised in Baltimore, Hazzan Fradkin spent his younger years on an ashram outside of Philadelphia where he learned yoga and meditation, practices that he continues to incorporate into and blend together with traditional worship. Cantor Fradkin holds an undergraduate degree in Vocal Studies from the Indiana University School of Music. While at IU, he became actively involved in Hillel and also graduated with a Certificate in Jewish Studies. In 2007, he was ordained by the H.L. Miller Cantorial School at JTS, earning the degrees of Hazzan and Masters in Sacred Music. He also has extensive experience as a song leader and teacher. He previously served as Hazzan at Temple Shalom in Greenwich, CT.

According to Hazzan Fradkin, the most rewarding part of his job is building community and being actively involved in congregational life. He places strong value on establishing relationships with members of all age groups – with those experiencing joyous life cycle events as well as with the sick and bereaved. He strives to “rouse the soul,” to make prayer a moving and spiritual experience for all congregants.

Blog Posts

Outdoor Concert for Ukraine and Jerusalem

May 10, 2022

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Everybody Needs a Getaway

March 28, 2022

This was the first Beth El Religious School retreat in two years, so it’s kind of a shame there aren’t too many pictures. (Shabbat) And since we went two years …

Heroes in Ukraine

March 15, 2022

Tomorrow is the beginning of Purim, and it could not come at a more somber time. Millions of people are fleeing the Ukraine and seeking shelter in Poland, Czech Republic, …

Can Hot Chocolate Stain a Patio?

February 7, 2022

I’ve never hosted a hot chocolate party before. It seems like it should be easy. You just take a few kumkum-hotpots full of water, then dump half a container of …

Always be Celebrating

November 12, 2021

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