CANTOR NEIL NEWMAN
Cantor Neil Newman is a graduate of Temple University (BA), Gratz Hebrew College
(Bachelor of Hebrew Literature) and the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he received his Bachelor of Sacred Music (BSM) and MA in Religious Education.
studied voice in the Department of Music at Temple University
and with Mario Reubini Reichlin of New York City.
In 1979, Cantor Newman concluded a Doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision at Syracuse University, and in 2000 was the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Music from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
He is a member of the Cantors' Assembly as well as the American Conference of Cantors, having chaired its Cantorial Certification Committee from 1992-2002.
Cantor Newman served congregations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Syracuse, New York before moving to Minneapolis in 1980 where he has been Cantor of Beth El Synagogue for thirty years.
is currently Cantor Emeritus, having retired in 2009.
As baritone soloist, he
has performed Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Syracuse Vocal Ensemble as well as with the Minnesota Center Chorale
In the fall of 1990-1991, Cantor Newman
spent a semester on sabbatical studying at the Hebrew University
and teaching at the Hebrew Union College
has taken sabbaticals in Israel, and then short one-month residencies with congregations in Hawaii and North Carolina and later in Idaho and Vermont, for which he
taught classes in Torah reading skills and Jewish Music History, conducted Shabbat services and performed a concert of Jewish music.
Cantor Newman is married to Saranee Newman who also recently retired as Director of Community Outreach of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota.