Hazzan Asa Fradkin

Hazzan Asa Fradkin

afradkin@bethelmc.org

301-652-2606 ext. 317

Cantor Asa Fradkin comes to Beth El from Connecticut, where he served as Hazzan at Temple Sholom in Greenwich for the past 10 years. During his time at Temple Sholom he founded and directed the Temple Sholom Teen Choir, one of the most active synagogue teen choirs in the country, culminating in the commission of Oseh Shalom by renowned composer Gerald Cohen to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the congregation. Cantor Fradkin also instituted monthly classes in Jewish Meditation and wrote and arranged new music for the synagogue.

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.

According to Cantor 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

Morning Meditation and the Ashram

June 12, 2020

Stumbled out of bed this morning. It was one of those “hit the snooze multiple times” type experiences. What’s wrong with me? I don’t need to make meditations at 8am. …

Ziv HaOlam – Radiance of the World

May 15, 2020

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Total Reset

April 8, 2020

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Megillah Madness, COVID 19, and an opportunity for mindfulness.

March 12, 2020

“Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone” —Joni Mitchell ( but you knew that) I’m so glad Megillah Madness was this …

Rocky Mountain High

February 14, 2020

IMG_0928 IMG_0928 I know it’s cliche, but really, you should have seen the view from up there on those snow capped mountains, 2 miles in the thin Colorado air. I …