SOUTH WINDSOR – Cantor Scott Harris was installed as cantor of Temple Beth Hillel in South Windsor, on Saturday evening, September 8 at an event culminating in the Selichot service.
“We are all very fortunate to have Cantor Harris joining our community,” said Beth Hillel’s President Ann Hughes. “Prior to joining us here at Temple Beth Hillel, Cantor Harris had been assistant cantor at Temple Israel in Westport, since 2003, teaching and assisting in the preparation of b’nai mitzvah students.”
A 1983 graduate of Central New England College of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, in 1998 Scott returned to school to pursue an avocation in the cantorate, studying at The Academy of Jewish Religion, and chazzanut with distinguished cantors here in the northeast. He is a member of both the Guild of Temple Musicians and The American Society for Jewish Music.
“During these past twelve years, I have rededicated myself to the perpetuation of Jewish life and the advancement of Torah for a contemporary American Jewish experience,” said Harris. “I have worked diligently toward, and have collaborated with thoughtful colleagues and lay people to create intellectually stimulating and spiritually connecting tefillot [prayers] and congregational programming rooted in Torah, avodah [work] and mitzvot.”
“I have also advocated and encouraged connections with Eretz Yisrael. My steadfast support of summer camp programs and Israel travel is rooted in building and strengthening the relationships formed with the mishlachat [Israeli emissaries] that come to spend time with our children at camp in our religious organizations, and to enhance our position with them, to return and advocate for the State of Israel as a pluralistic society.”
“Jewish life and community is not only an important ingredient for my community, but for my home. Providing time and opportunities to help make Judaism meaningful to others is as crucial as nurturing similar meaningful connections between my wife Sharon, our son Daniel, our daughter Sarah and our Judaism.”
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