Cantor Ahron Abraham has been the shaliach tzibur of Temple Israel since 1987. He received a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Music from the University of Maryland and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Texas before entering the cantorate. Cantor Abraham grew up in a family steeped in Jewish musical tradition. He sang in the synagogue choir with his grandfather, and performed with his mother and aunt, the "Deutsch Sisters" in many concerts, including performances throughout Israel.

Cantor Abraham learned hazzanut from Cantors Jacob Friedman and Jack Schneider, and especially from his grandfather Herman Deutsch, a connoisseur of "good nusach." He was privileged to study Jewish liturgical music and organ with the noted synagogue composer, Herman Berlinski. Cantor Abraham has been a member of the Cantor's Assembly since 1986. He and his wife Carole have four children, who have all participated with him in services over the years.

Cantor is involved in many aspects of Temple life. He enjoys teaching both children and adults to be participants in our services, and has worked to make the daily minyan as well as Shabbat and holiday services spiritual and educational experiences. He frequently lectures on Jewish music, history and liturgy throughout the community. Cantor has served on the faculty of Wyoming Seminary since 2005, teaching Bible, Jewish history and public speaking. Cantor Abraham enjoys working as a leadership partner with Rabbi Kaplan, and the two can be heard harmonizing together during our services.

You can contact Cantor Abraham at the Temple office, 570-824-8927 or at Cantor Abraham.

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Temple Israel
239 South River Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
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