CANTOR JORDAN S. FRANZEL serves Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill, PA. He received his Masters of Sacred Music from HUC – JIR – Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and was ordained as a Cantor in 1996. Prior to his pulpit in Pennsylvania, Cantor Franzel served as Senior Cantor of Central Synagogue in New York City and the Touro Synagogue in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been on the faculty, as a guest, of Hava Nashira Institute for Jewish songleaders and musicians, and has served on the editorial board for the different forms of the Union for Reform Judaism’s songbook, Shireinu. He has also written numerous Torah commentaries for the URJ.
Cantor Franzel can be heard on two CD’s of Israeli composer Danny Maseng’s liturgical music: “Soul On Fire,” and “Labor of Love,” as well as CD’s of 37 of his own compositions, “Experiments in/out Nusach Volumes 1 & 2.” Cantor Franzel’s music has been utilized at Hebrew Union College, various congregations and camps around the country, and most recently at a URJ biennial. In 2015 Park Avenue Synagogue, in NYC, commissioned Cantor Franzel to compose several settings of liturgy for their community celebrations of Shabbat and Holy Days. The Cantor has been commissioned by the American Conference of Cantors to contribute to the newly published, “Shirei Mishkan HaNefesh,” and a number of his liturgical settings have been published in several volumes of the Shabbat Anthology published by Transcontinental Music Publications. His Master’s Thesis entitled, “Reform Davening: Approaches to Nusach in the Reform Synagogue” has been archived and housed in the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, OHIO.
Cantor Franzel has been studying and practicing Kabbalah and various forms of meditation for the last 25 years. Utilizing traditional Kabbalistic and Chasidic texts, with a concentration in the the writings and teachings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov and his chief disciple, Reb Nathan of Nemirov, the Cantor has formulated a Kabbalah that is compatible with the 21st century and a modern, progressive way of life. Cantor Franzel has taught many classes on Torah and spirituality and has published a video introductory course to Kabbalah on Udemy.com.
Cantor Franzel is a member of the American Conference of Cantors and is a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.