The Jewish Community Center of Harrison (JCCH), located at 130 Union Avenue, Harrison, has announced that Marcos Askenazi will join the synagogue as the new Cantor.
"We are delighted to welcome Marcos who is one of the most sought after cantors in America. During our search process we spoke to dozens of people whose lives he has touched, and he received rave reviews,” said JCCH President Keith Satter.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, “Cantor Marcos,” as he is known, spent the past five years as Cantor for Ritual and Youth at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center in Aventura, Florida. Prior to that, he served as Cantor at the East 55th Street Conservative Synagogue in New York City.
“For me, serving as Cantor is not just a job; it is a lifestyle, passion, and life philosophy. I am excited and humbled to be joining the JCCH family and working with Rabbi Hammerman, the professional team, and the lay leadership,” said Cantor Marcos. “I know we will work together to strengthen our community.”
“Life can seem so overwhelming at times; we all have so many stresses that filter into our daily lives. When we come together as a synagogue community, the experience should be of absolute comfort. When we enter through the doors, assume our seats, and open our prayer books we are transported to another place, removed from our routine. We close our eyes and let the familiar melodies enter our hearts. I am grateful for the privilege and honor of helping people find that place.”
“I am particularly excited for Cantor Marcos to help all of us connect more closely to Judaism through music and the arts. His infectious personality will surely elevate our worship and our community,” added JCCH Rabbi Eytan Hammerman
Cantor Askenazi’s first official Shabbat at JCCH began at the end of August.
For more information about the JCCH, visit www.jcch.org or call the synagogue office at 718-543-8400.