It is our pleasure to welcome back Cantor Hanan Leberman as this year’s Abraham and Anne Ratner Scholar-in-Residence. Following our most recent High Holy Days that included the talents of Hanan Leberman, it was clear that Tifereth Israel would welcome his return…sooner than later.
The power of song will bring us together throughout this special Shabbat. We look forward to sharing this inspirational weekend with you.
Friday, March 9th
Kabbalat Shabbat Service, 6:15 p.m.
Song and Soul
Hanan will teach us new melodies to reach our souls as we come together as a community. We’ll learn how music connects us as Jews and can help us find our neshama (soul). His d’var torah will explore and reflect on our individual souls and will include a Chassidic story with niggunim (vocal music without formal words). And he will undoubtedly have us up on our feet and dancing.
Let your Shabbat celebration continue with a delicious Shabbat Dinner. Your payment, by 9:00 a.m. March 5th, will secure your reservation.
Dinner pricing is as follows: $36 per adult; $15 for children 8 – 12 years; $10 for children 4 – 7 years; children 3 and younger are free.
Saturday, March 10th
Shabbat Service, 9:30 a.m.
Wake Up Like a Lion – and Sing!
During the service, Hanan will focus on the power of bringing our voices together in harmony as a community.
Hanan has sent the following musical clips of himself (sometimes with the assistance of his wife Ariel and their dog) in Israel teaching us the lyrics and tune to a piece he’ll bring to life on this Shabbat morning.
A complimentary Kiddush will follow the main service. Your RSVP is needed by March 1st.
Saturday, March 10th
Gala Concert, 8:00 p.m.
A World of Music: A Night with Chazan Hanan Leberman
Rabbi Aaron S. Gold Memorial Concert
This year’s annual Gala will feature Cantor Leberman in concert. Musical genres will include stunning pieces from the great opera houses of Europe, Jewish and Israeli classics, as well as Broadway favorites, and everything in between.
The evening will also be an opportunity to remember and honor Rabbi Aaron S. Gold (z”l), spiritual leader of Tifereth Israel Synagogue (1974–1992) with a very special dedication.
Learn more about the evening now.
Sunday, March 11th
Abraham Ratner Torah School students will have a special gathering with Hanan Leberman.
Hanan Leberman has always followed his heart and passions. Born in Chicago and raised in Philadelphia, Hanan began his musical career at age 10 playing the flute and, as a teen, performing lead roles in high school musicals. After Hanan finished high school, he spent a year in Yeshivat Eretz Hazvi in Jerusalem. At age 20 he pursued his Zionist dream and moved to Israel, where he served for three years in the IDF undercover counter-terrorist unit, Duvdevan. After three years of difficult but meaningful service as a fighter, and also often serving as the unit’s cantor, he decided to pursue his passion for music and singing.
In 2011, Hanan began his studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music. Since 2012, he has not only continued to lead tefillot as a cantor, but has also become a professional opera singer. He sings primarily in his home city of Jerusalem, but has also sung at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival in England. On any given weekend in Jerusalem Hanan can be heard leading groups in Kabbalat Shabbat. He is a cantor for the Masorti movement in Israel and has led congregations as a guest cantor in Israel and around the world.
We are delighted to have Hanan Leberman return to Tifereth Israel after chanting so inspiringly at our most recent High Holy Days.
Abraham and Anne Ratner Scholar-in-Residence Weekend
More than thirty years ago, Abraham and Anne Ratner, of blessed memory, established our Abraham and Anne Ratner Scholar-in-Residence Weekend.
The Ratners’ devotion to Jewish education is evidenced not only by their endowment of this weekend, but by their support of many worthy Jewish and communal organizations and charities in San Diego and throughout the world.
May their memories continue to serve as blessings.