I’m told: Nati Baram was approved overwhelmingly – rumor has it he got over 90% approval. He will commence his duties in December and will arrive here late November with his wife Carmit and the baby they are now expecting. Most reassuringly it was not just his outstanding voice and world class cantorial skills – but also his fine character and personal references as a true Ben Torah and Talmid Chacham; and his view of the Cantorate as being a full time pastoral task as well including visiting the sick, training choirs and involving the children … He has taught at Merkaz Harav and other “modern Orthodox” Yeshivot – and is passionately Zionist.
Avshalom Katz will end his tenure at Beth Jacob after the Chaggim and will leave big shoes to be filled. The talk in town is that Los Angeles will be gaining a world class Chazzan – and a super-mench.