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December 15, 2017  RSS feed

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Rabbi, cantor to begin work at Beth Shalom in Brandon

Beginning in January, a visiting rabbi and a cantor will be officiating at services at Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon

Rabbi Richard Address and Hazzan Moshe Friedler will both be visiting the congregation monthly on different Shabbats.

Hazzan Friedler will make his first visit on Friday, Jan. 12, for regular Shabbat eve services at 7:45 p.m. He will join Cantorial soloist Sandy Santucci for an evening of music and spiritual inspiration.

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Hazzan Friedler began his career there at 18. He spent 10 years at the Association Cultural Israelita of Buenos Aires before moving to the United States, where he found work in California and Miami, then in Tampa, where he joined Rodeph Sholom. He served Rodeph Sholom for more than 20 years. A lover of Jewish music, Hazzan Friedler has produced, written, sung and played his trademark accordion. In 2010, he debuted “Songs of Hope and Despair,” a presentation based on the book One Generation After by Elie Wiesel. Since his retirement from the Tampa congregation, he has been traveling nationwide to Jewish communities too small to hire a rabbi or cantor.

Rabbi Address will hold his monthly visits to Beth Shalom on the weekend of Jan. 19-20. He will read the congregation in prayer on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7:45 p.m. and offer a Shabbat morning Torah study and worship service on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m.

Rabbi Address is the founder and director of He has served for more than three decades on the staff of the Union for Reform Judaism – first as a regional director and then as the founder and director of the URJ’s department of Jewish Family Concerns. He subsequently served as a specialist and consultant for the North American Reform Movement in the areas of family related programming and he also served several congregations. Currently, Rabbi Address contributes articles for websites on issues related to spirituality and aging.

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