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Rabbi Schwartz and Cantor Kriger to lead High Holidays services at Temple L'Chayim


Cantor Isaac Kriger and Rabbi Howard Schwartz.

Temple L'Chayim, a Reform congregation in Clermont, has engaged the services of Rabbi Howard Schwartz and Cantor Isaac Kriger to lead the congregation for this year's High Holiday services. The two clergy will provide "a very special blend for the spirituality and musical enhancement of the services."

Rabbi Schwartz, a native of Miami, comes to Temple L'Chayim with a wide rabbinical background. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has served as rabbi for Temple Beth Torah in Dix Hills, Long Island; Temple Emanu-EI in Utica, N.Y.; and Temple Beth EI in Corpus Christi, Texas. After becoming a Jewish chaplain in the U.S. Army, Rabbi Schwartz held assignments in Stuttgart Germany; Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; and Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon. He retired as a Chaplain Major of the U.S. Army.

Cantor Kriger was born in Monterrey, Mexico, of Lithuanian parents and received his formal education in Los Angeles, CA. He spent two years under contract with the Israel National Opera as a principal lead tenor, then continuing his career as an opera and concert singer in Europe and the U.S.A. He has appeared in concert at Lincoln Center and on national television on "The Jewish Entertainment Hour". His credits also include a solo concert recital broadcast for Austrian National Radio, the soundtrack for the Hollywood movie "Happy" starring Dom DeLuise, and the first CD recording of the "John F. Kennedy Requiem." Cantor Kriger received his cantorial training under the tutelage of the eminent Polish Cantor, Moshe Semigran, in Boston, MA, where he learned to daven in both the traditional and contemporary styles of nusach. He has over 25 years of Cantorial experience, officiating in both the Reform and Conservative movements in the Boston area, Southern California, the Northeast United States, Las Vegas, and Florida.   

Tickets are for complete Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at $75 per person for nonmembers of Temple L'Chayim   

For ticket information please call Nathan Axel 352-242-6135


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