ACC President – Cantor Steven Weiss

Cantor Steven Weiss is the Cantor and Director of Education at Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham, Massachusetts, where he has served for the past nine years. Cantor Weiss received his Master’s Degree and ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion School of Sacred Music in May, 1996. Before coming to Congregation Sha’aray Shalom, he served at Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta, Georgia for ten years, both as a student and an ordained cantor. Originally from Great Neck, New York, Steven holds a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College where he studied Human Resource Management and Opera Performance. During his tenure at Ithaca, he was an active performer and was featured in a number of operas including The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, Gianni Schicchi, and The Marriage of Figaro with the Ithaca Opera Association.  Cantor Weiss was also active in both the Ithaca College choir and chorus.  His professional debut performance was of Avodath HaKodesh by Ernest Bloch, a favorite composition and the subject of Cantor Weiss’ Master’s Thesis.

Cantor Steven Weiss, ACC Liason

Cantor Steven Weiss

Cantor Weiss was recently installed at the Vice-President of Internal Policy and Administration of the American Conference of Cantors. Cantor Weiss is very involved in the Boston Jewish community and serves as a member of the Camping and Scholarship Committees for Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and is the Chair of the Jewish Services Committee for the Jewish Vocational Services of Greater Boston. He also serves on the board of the URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps.

Cantor Weiss just completed a six year term as a member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet for the Jewish Federations of North America.  During his term he held a number of positions including Vice-Chair for Membership and Washington Chair.

Cantor Weiss is one of the cantors featured on a recording of “The Klezmer Service,” a complete Friday night service composed by Professor Jose Bowen of Georgetown University, as well as “Shabbat Anthology III” published by Transcontinental Music.

Cantor Weiss is married to Stephanie Gertz, who he met on the Jewish Federations of North America Young Leadership Mission in the summer of 2005. They are the proud parents of Breanna Julia Weiss, born on December 12, 2008 and Micah Reuben Weiss, born on June 23, 2011.

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