After serving as a lay cantor in Northern Virginia for over 15 years, George decided to turn this avocation into a vocation. Upon retiring from the government in 2004, he enrolled in the American Seminary for Contemporary Judaism to study with Sol Zim and other known Cantors. He received his Cantorial Certification in May, 2007. He began serving as our Cantor in the same year.
Before becoming a Cantor, George was a synagogue president, taught classes in Hebrew liturgy and music, served as a cantorial soloist and choir member, and participated in a Jewish folk group. Among his other talents, he does English and Hebrew calligraphy, having inscribed many certificates to commemorate baby-namings, B’nei mitzvah, and weddings.
Cantor George is an avid hockey fan, as well as a dedicated cruciverbalist (crossword puzzle aficionado) who has finished as high as second in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.
Cantor George and his wife, Ricki, moved to Baltimore in September 2008, but this is not their first connection to this area. Their eldest daughter was married at Westminster Hall in 2006.
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