Immediate Past President – Aryell Cohen

Aryell was raised in a Hebrew-speaking and tradition-filled environment.  His father was a Palmachnik in the 1948 War of Liberation, and his mother a former Hebrew teacher.  He began music studies in Piano, continuing with Theory, Composition, Voice, and Organ.  Mr. Cohen also studied Cantillation and Chazzanut and is well versed in these areas.  This talented and energetic young man has earned national respect as an outstanding interpreter of Jewish liturgical music.  He has numerous television and recording appearances to his credit.  As conductor, guest lecturer or accompanist, Mr. Cohen has participated at national conventions for the American Conference of Cantors/Guild of Temple Musicians and the Cantors Assembly.  In July, 2010, he was installed as the president of the Guild of Temple Musicians.  For many years he has been the accompanist for the Cantors Assembly Western Region Mid-Winter Conferences.  From 1970 through 1984 and again from 1996 through 1998, Mr. Cohen has served Sinai Temple in West Los Angeles as the B’nai Mitzvah Program Director, and continues to teach as the primary instructor of their B’nai Mitzvah preparing between sixty and seventy children per year.  In 1972 he was appointed as the first Organist of Burbank Temple Emanu El.  Since 1975 he has served Sinai Temple with distinction as Organist and Choir Director, succeeding one of his mentors, Erwin Jospe.  Mr. Cohen also teaches general and choral music at Madison Middle School in North Hollywood.  He resides in Encino and is very proud of his two beautiful daughters, Michelle and Erica, both students at his alma mater, California State University, Northridge.

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