We are so excited to officially install Cantor Havilio! Our weekend is filled with song, prayer, and celebration. We hope you will join us!
The weekend begins with Shabbat services and installing Cantor on Friday night at 6:00 PM. During Shabbat services, Rabbi Andrea Weiss, Rabbi Marcia A. Zimmerman, Charlie Kramer and more join us for blessings and music.
Before Shabbat Services, all are encouraged to attend Torah Study led by Rabbi Andrea Weiss at 9:00 AM. During Saturday morning Shabbat services starting at 10:00 AM, Cantor Evan Kent and Rabbi Don Goor will join us!
Closing the weekend, we bring in Shabbat together with Havdalah at 7:00 PM. Charlie Kramer will lead with HUC (Hebrew Union College) students and local Twin Cities clergy.
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.
Follow Evan on facebook and @evankent on Instagram.
Rabbi Marcia A. Zimmerman
Rabbi Marcia A. Zimmerman has been the senior rabbi of Temple Israel in Minneapolis since 2001. She was the first female rabbi at Temple Israel, a congregation of more than 2,000 households in the heart of Minneapolis, and was the first female rabbi to serve a congregation of this size in the United States. Rabbi Zimmerman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). Rabbi
Zimmerman is vocal and active on policy issues affecting Minnesota and the nation, honoring the words above Temple Israel’s entrance: “Our house shall be a house of prayer for all peoples.” Rabbi Zimmerman is dedicated to ensuring that Temple Israel’s programming, educational opportunities, and
worship are inclusive and celebrate people of color, diverse learning styles and special needs, all genders and gender expressions, the LGBTQ community, and interfaith families.
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.
Charlie Kramer is song & spirit. Legally blind and with an acoustic guitar, Charlie Kramer unites, magnetizes and elevates the communities around him. A touring songleader, songwriter & spiritual leader, Charlie has sung with communities throughout North America, Israel, Australia
and New Zealand. Founder and Creative Director of the blindfolded singing and healing experience, Singing in the Dark, Charlie shares the story of his blindness across the world through music and meditation, helping others to face their challenges and uncover the many blessings within their lives.
Visit www.charliekramermusic.com to learn more about Charlie’s story, music and offerings.
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.
Cantor Richard Cohn
Cantor Richard Cohn became Director of the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR in 2015, following thirty-four years of service to Reform communities in metropolitan Chicago and Dallas. From 2001 to 2007 he was president of the American Conference of Cantors. He has appeared as soloist and conductor in Jewish music programming throughout the United States and abroad. Cantor Cohn is also a faculty member of the IJS Clergy Leadership Program, and he is particularly interested in the integration of spiritual practice with areas of prayer, music, and education.