Hazzan Michael Stein became our cantor in 2000. Since then, he has inspired congregants with his cantorial talents and has introduced a rich, new musical component to many of our services. He combines his rich Jewish heritage in New York’s Conservative movement with a successful career in music and theater. He is a successful Grammy award winning singer, songwriter and actor, and appeared on Broadway in the original cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” A former US Navy career officer, he played with the US Navy Band in Washington, D.C.‚ giving performances at the White House for 3 different presidents. Hazzan Stein has always maintained his ties to his traditional Jewish heritage. He has served as cantor at two congregations prior to joining Temple Aliyah and was awarded the title of Hazzan by the Cantor’s Assembly in recognition of his knowledge of hazzanut and Jewish ritual.
Hazzan Stein and his wife Kelley are the parents of three sons. The Stein family performs together in a group they lovingly call “The Rolling Steins.” In September 2014, Michael Stein auditioned for NBC’s “The Voice” Season 7. Shabbat services will never be the same!
“My vision is to hear the halls, the sanctuary, the very space of Temple Aliyah ring out in music, because when that happens, we are all closer to God. Music is our pathway to joy, healing and prayer.”
-Hazzan Mike Stein