Hazzan Candidate Asa Fradkin

February 24, 2017 - February 26, 2017, 6:30 pm
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD

Cantor Asa Fradkin has been serving as Hazzan at Temple Sholom in Greenwich, CT for the past 10 years. He was raised in Baltimore and 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. One of his proudest accomplishments is having founded and directed the Temple Sholom Teen Choir, one of the most active synagogue teen choirs in the country.

Please join us in welcoming Cantor Fradkin, his wife, Sarah, and their children, Dafna and Noam. More information about Cantor Fradkin, including music samples, can be found on his website: asafradkin.com

During the weekend, Cantor Fradkin will:

  • lead the 6:30 pm Friday evening service
  • lead the 9:30 am Shabbat morning service
  • teach a session after Shabbat kiddush at 1:00 pm
  • lead the Sunday morning minyan. Given that it is Rosh Hodesh, the service will start at 8:45 am, as it is somewhat longer than usual.

He will also have the opportunity to mingle with different Beth El groups on Sunday morning.

We encourage you to attend these services and teaching session. After the visit, you will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the Search Committee through a survey on the Beth El website; paper copies will also be available.