HAZZAN IRA S. BIGELEISEN                                                                                                    Cell: (818) 620-2534

3299 Cambridge Ave.  Apt. 8C                                                                                 email:

Riverdale, Bronx, NY 10463                                                                                                                                     


       ·    Hazzan, Adat Ari El (Conservative), Valley Village (Los Angeles), CA 1993 - 2015

        ·     Other congregations served: Park Avenue Synagogue, NY (Conservative),

Clifton Jewish Center, NJ (Traditional),

Temple Beth Emeth of Flatbush, NY (Reform)        



·     Senior Cantor

·     Prepare and conduct worship services

·     Supervise and prepare B’nai Mitzvah

·     Train Lay Torah Readers

·     Conduct choirs of all ages

·     Compose and arrange music

·     Teach classes for all ages and backgrounds       

·     Organize and produce community-wide events

·     Pastoral counseling

·     Identify constituencies and create appropriate programming

·     Cultivate donors for immediate fundraising needs and long-term endowments

·     Formulate and supervise budgets



·     Nita and Jack Corinblit Endowment for the Arts

·     Boris and Gita Adler Endowment for Ritual Objects

·     Rose and Edward Engel Music Endowments

·     Shapero Family Annual Gift in Memory of Rae Shapero

·     Cantorial Scholarships to the H.L. Miller Cantorial School (J.T.S.)

·     The Alan Michelson Baal Tefillah Institute (A.J.U. Dept. of Continuing Education)



Wrote and received grants from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, the Jewish Federation, the Milken Foundation, and private sources to:

·       Organize community-wide Jewish cultural events

·       Create experimental worship services

·       Produce recordings of Jewish music

·       Establish a Jewish community chorus



·     Created and taught a curriculum for Rabbinical students to learn the entire traditional            liturgy (Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies)           

·     Developed 13 Mitzvot, a family education curriculum based on the three pillars of                    Judaism: Torah, Avodah, v’G’milut Chasadim

·     Established One Shabbat Morning, a pilot program for innovative Jewish worship with            Craig Taubman and Rabbi Moshe J. Rothblum

·     Founded Sheer Fun! – a Jewish Choir for children aged 4-6

·     Organized Sounds of Healing, an international program of reconciliation between the           Jewish communities of Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, Toronto and the city of Nuremberg,               Germany


                                    First Place Awards, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism:

        ·     National:

                                       - Worship and Ritual Category, for Innovative Worship Services:

                                          Gold Solomon Schechter Award

        ·     Pacific Southwest Region:                                                            

                                        - Worship and Ritual Category, for Innovative Worship Services:

                                           for creation of One Shabbat Morning

                       - Family Education Category, for Creation of 13 Mitzvot



·       Kantor, Re-dedication of the Rykestrasse Synagogue, Berlin, Germany

·       Soloist, Milken Archive of American Jewish Music

·       First Hazzan-in-Residence, USCJ Convention

·       Founder, Executive Director, Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale

·       Contributing Editor, Journal of Synagogue Music

·       Presenter, Cantors Assembly National and Regional Conventions   

·       Appearances on national TV and radio programs, cinema



·       Producer/soloist, seven CD recordings:

                                                            Adat Ari El (4), One Shabbat Morning, Milken Archive of Jewish Music (2)


        ·       Soloist, concerts of Hazzanut and Jewish music at international festivals of Jewish                           music in America, Israel, England,  the Czech Republic, Germany,                                                 and the Netherlands


·       Cantorial Ordination/Diploma, Yeshiva University

·       The Juilliard School, American Opera Center

·       B.A., Emerson College, major in Communications Disorders, minor in Music



 ·       Cantors Assembly

 ·       Cantorial Council of America