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On-Line Special Event from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Tuesday June 15, 2021 10:00 am PDT Histories of Black-Jewish cultural interaction often focus on how Jews adopted and adapted Black vernacular music—ragtime, jazz, swing, R&B, blues—as performers, promoters, managers, club owners, and record labels. The phenomenon of African American musicians who performed Yiddish and cantorial music […]
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Rabbi Cassi Kail
My name is Cassi Kail, and I am both humbled and overjoyed by the opportunity to serve as the next Rabbi of Temple Beth El. This summer I will move to San Pedro with my husband, Josh, and our children Noam and Talia.
From the moment I walked through the synagogue’s doors, I knew I wanted to be a part of the Beth El community. It was not the stunning new building that most impressed me, but rather the people within. I feel immense gratitude to work alongside the superbly talented and devoted leadership of Cantor Ilan Davidson, Randi Sher, Carrie Hernandez, and Shoni Gramcko. Conversations with lay leaders demonstrated a sense of pride in Beth El’s rich almost century old history. I am proud to join in their commitment to upholding this rich legacy while embracing the enormous opportunities of today.
Cantor Ilan Davidson
Cantor Davidson has served Temple Beth El since 1995. Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Cantor Davidson claims both the South Bay and Rishon LeZion, Israel as his home. The youngest in a long familial line of cantors, he began his training at the age of five with his mentor, Hazzan Philip Model z’l. With his strong performing arts background from the University of California, our cantor is also a talented secular musician and contemporary Jewish singer and songwriter.
Educator Randi Sher
Randi has a master’s degree in Education from the American Jewish University. Randi is active with the Builders of Jewish Educator’s Religious School Principals’ Council. At their Religious School Educators Conference in 2011, they bestowed upon her the Lainer Distinguished Educator Award. She directed the religious school, early childhood center, youth, and camp programs at Temple Menorah for many years. Randi was previously Director of Education at Temple Menorah in Redondo Beach until recently when she assumed this position at Temple Beth El San Pedro.