A conservative, egalitarian synagogue

Welcoming Cantor Mordecai

June 17, 2014

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to formally welcome to our Temple Israel Center community our new Hazzan, Cantor George Mordecai, his wife, Michal Frankel, and daughters Gabriela (age 10) and Eliora (age 7).   Cantor Mordecai will be moving to White Plains and will join our community as of mid-July.  His first Shabbat at TIC will be Shabbat Matot, July 18 - 19, 2014.

Cantor Mordecai brings to our congregation a great breadth and depth of musical and liturgical knowledge, together with a deep sense of spirituality and creativity.  He has over 20 years experience in building community and teaching and engaging students of all ages. 

Born in Sydney, Australia to Iraqi and Indian Jewish parents, Cantor Mordecai was immersed from an early age in the rich musical and cultural traditions of his family. He received a B.A. in history from the University of New South Wales and his Cantorial and Master’s degrees in sacred music from the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2000.  He has previously worked as the Cantor at Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel in Philadelphia, Temple Emanu-El in Miami, and comes to TIC from Temple Beth El in Stamford, CT, where he served for four years.   

Outside of the synagogue, Cantor Mordecai has performed Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Middle Eastern liturgical music at concert halls and synagogues in various cities around the US, as well as in England, Paris and Israel.  Recently, he also performed with Seraphic Fire, which brings together singers from across the country for cutting-edge concerts of rarely heard classical music.

During the upcoming summer months and into the beginning of the fall season, we are planning many wonderful opportunities for our community to meet and get to know Cantor Mordecai and his family.  Please mark your calendar for at least one of the following dates:

  • Friday, July 18   – Welcome Reception at 6:00 pm, followed by a musical Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:45 pm

  • Saturday, August 9 from 4:30–6:30 pm – Backyard Shabbat with teaching by Cantor Mordecai, at the home of Gary and Diane Katz

  • Monday, September 8 at 6:30 pm - Nursery School Back to School Night

  • Sunday, September 14 at 9:30 am – Breakfast Reception for Shorashim Religious School

  • Sunday, September 14 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm – Community-wide Coffee and Dessert

  • Wednesday evening, September 17 at 7:00 pm – Havurat Torah High School Reception and Back to School Night

We encourage you to come and meet Cantor Mordecai at one or more of these times.

As of July 15th, Cantor Mordecai can be reached by email at [email protected] and by telephone at 948-2800 ext. 152.  Cantor Mordecai’s office will be located in Room 12 on the second floor in the Shorashim Religious School wing.  B’ruhim Habaim (welcome) to Cantor Mordecai and his family!

We also want to make sure that you know that Cantor Jack Mendelson will continue to be with our community, and will be serving as a Hazzan for our Days of Awe services for the next three years.  Cantor Mendelson’s office location, email address and telephone extension will all remain as they currently are, at 948-2800 x125, and [email protected].

Wishing you and your family a wonderful summer season.




Bruce Wexler, President