Temple Or Elohim - Clergy
Rabbi Cassi Kail
Rabbi Cassi Kail, a native New Yorker, was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she also received a Masters in Jewish Literature. Rabbi Kail served for six years as solo rabbi for Temple Emanu-El in Utica, NY. There she served on the steering committees of InterFaith Matters, Reform Jewish Voice and the Empire State Anti-Poverty Initiative. While in Seminary, she co-founded a young egalitarian minyan called The Wandering Jews of Astoria, in addition to serving as student rabbi at Jewish Home Lifecare, Temple Israel in Uniontown, PA, Beth HaSholom in Williamsport, PA and as Rabbinic Intern for the United Jewish Communities' Rabbinic Cabinet. Rabbi Kail is passionate about worship, Israel, interfaith work, and building Jewish community. She loves teaching people of all ages, singing, and playing guitar. Rabbi Kail and her husband, Josh are proud parents to their two children, Noam and Talia.
Cantor David Aaron Katz
Cantor David Aaron Katz is a graduate of the Hebrew Union College Institute of Jewish Religion. He was invested as Cantor by Hebrew Union College in 1998. While studying in Israel he was engaged as the leading tenor in the Jerusalem Great Synagogue Choir singing under the Baton of Eli Jaffe and alongside the voice of Cantor Naftali Herstik. He has served as Cantor on Long Island and was also the Cantor of the Raleigh Hotel in the Catskills of New York. Cantor Katz has led services from full instrumental ensembles for Jazz Shabbats to large choirs of adults and children. His vocal and musical expression is built out of the desire to engage congregations in prayer with the use of voice, inspiring all people to join together as one. Cantor Katz is a member of the "The Three Jewish Tenors" along with Cantors Alberto Mizrachi and David Propis. He has sung with the Houston Grand Opera Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch conducting, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, The Queens Oratorio Society Symphony, The Orchestra Cammerate in Italy, The Pan American Orchestra Of New York, The One World Symphony as well as many other prominent orchestras throughout the United States, in addition to singing lead roles in Opera in the United States and Europe. He has appeared in Cantorial concerts in the United States as a guest soloist and artist. Cantor Katz has also sung the National Anthem for the New York Mets at Citi Field and the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum.
Rabbi Harvey Abramowitz