During Saturday morning Shabbat services, Cantor Evan Kent and Rabbi Don Goor will join our clergy in leading services.
Cantor Evan Kent:
Evan Kent is a singer, storyteller, puppeteer, cantor and music educator.
For 25 years Evan was the senior cantor at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles. Evan has also been on the faculty of Hebrew Union College in both Los Angeles and Jerusalem for over twenty years. Currently, Evan is the cantor for Congregation Beth Shalom in Milan, Italy. In addition to his work in the congregation, Cantor Kent as also on the editorial committee for the new Reform movement’s High Holiday Prayer Book “Mishkan HaNefesh.” Evan’s award winning one-person show , “Shards” has appeared in Israel, Europe, and across the United
States and is now being seen virtually throughout the world.
Evan has an undergraduate degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a Master’s degree in Sacred Music from the Hebrew Union College and recently completed his doctoral degree in music from Boston University. Evan has also appeared in a series of commercials and short films that can be seen worldwide. When not in the synagogue or on stage, Evan is an avid runner having completed many marathons and ultramarathons.
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Rabbi Don Goor
Rabbi Donald Goor, Rabbi Emeritus at Temple Judea, Tarzana, CA, grew up in San Diego, California, as the son of a rabbi. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with honors. In 1987, he was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.
For many years, he served on the faculty of Hebrew Union College, in Los Angeles, where he taught second and fifth-year rabbinic students, addressing topics that relate to the practical aspects of being in the clergy.
Rabbi Goor continued his own studies at the Hartman Institute as a fellow in the Rabbinic Leadership Institute. He co-founded the HOPE Network and the Valley Interfaith Council’s Homeless Project. He chaired the Jewish Federation/Valley Alliance’s Jewish Community Relations Council and co-chaired the Jewish Federation’s Cults and Missionaries Commission. Rabbi Goor also served as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles. He is proud to have served as editor of L’chol Zman V’yet – The CCAR Life-cycle Guide.
After serving Temple Judea for 26 years, Rabbi Goor now lives in Jerusalem, having made Aliyah in June 2013. He serves as the Rabbinic Liaison at ARZA World/Da’at Travel, the Reform Movement’s travel department, planning trips to Israel for rabbis and synagogues. In Israel Don serves on the boards of the Israel Religious Action Center of the Reform movement, Shutaf, a program for special needs kids, the David Forman Foundation as well as the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance. Rabbi Goor is married to Cantor Evan Kent, his life partner of over 30 years.
Rabbi Andrea Weiss
Rabbi Andrea L. Weiss, Ph.D. is Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Provost and Associate Professor of Bible at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She is co-editor of American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days, 100 Letters (University of Cincinnati Press, 2019) and associate editor of The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (CCAR Press, 2008). Her other writings include Figurative Language in Biblical Prose Narrative: Metaphor in the Book of Samuel (Brill, 2006) and articles on metaphor, biblical poetry, and biblical conceptions of God.