Beth Jacob Gets A New Cantor

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.

About Luke Ford

Raised a Seventh-Day Adventist at Avondale College in Australia, Luke Ford moved to California in 1977. He graduated from Placer High School in 1984, reported the news at KAHI/KHYL radio for three years, attended Sierra College and UCLA, was largely bedridden by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for six years, and converted to Judaism in 1993. From 1997-2007, Luke made his living from blogging. Living by Beverly Hills (, he now teaches the Alexander Technique (moving the way the body likes to move). Lessons cost $100 each and last about 45 minutes. In 2011, Luke completed a three-year teaching course at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. His personal Alexander Technique website is Luke is the author of five books, including: » The Producers: Profiles in Frustration » Yesterday’s News Tomorrow: Inside American Jewish Journalism
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