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Congregation B'nai Israel of St.Petersburg

Cantor Jonathan Schultz 

Phone: 727.381.4900 ext. 1005

Cantor Schultz came to CBI in October 2011. He grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and attended the University of Rochester, where he earned a degree in physics with a minor in music. Prior to entering the Cantorate, he worked as an engineer, served several High Holy Day pulpits, and trained for a career in opera. He has sung with several opera and operetta companies in the Washington, DC area, including lead roles in H.M.S. Pinafore and Eugene Onegin. He has also sung with contemporary a cappella groups, and has arranged many songs for those groups.

As a JTS student, he served High Holy Day pulpits at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, at Congregation Beth Yeshurun in Houston, where he served as Ba’al Shacharit for Hazzan David Propis, and at The Manetto Hill Jewish Center in Plainview, NY. In the summer of 2008, he taught nusah and cantillation at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. In the summer of 2009, he did Clinical Pastoral Education at JTS. During his studies at JTS, he was a Cantorial Intern at Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, and the part-time cantor of Commack Jewish Center in Commack, New York.

He is passionate about conducting choirs and composing new music. His first composition, “Shalom Rav,” has been published in Transcontinental Music’s Shabbat Anthology Volume VI, released in December 2011. He has also been a conducting intern at St. Petersburg College.

To hear a few selections of his work, click here.

If you would like to hear the blessings for before and after the Torah is read, click here.

To view pictures of some of Cantor’s travels with the Cantorial Assembly, click here.

Thu, April 18 2024 10 Nisan 5784