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Rabbi Steven Kane

Rabbi Steven Kane has been spiritual leader at CSI since 1993. With a balance between tradition and the needs of our times, Rabbi Kane has developed rituals and observances that allow our members to express feelings as individuals and as a community in meaningful ways.

Rabbi Kane received his master’s degree and rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 2012 he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity honorus causa by JTS. He also holds a Bachelor in Hebrew Literature from the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute and is currently President of the Lower Hudson Valley Rabbinical Assembly. He has served as a member of the Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards (CJLS), where he composed the guidelines for High Holiday services for Conservative synagogues during Covid. He hails from the “holy city” of Chicago and is an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and baseball in general. He is married to Judy Thaler Kane and together they have three wonderful children: Arielle, Tamar (married to Daniel Lorberbaum) and Elan.
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2022/5783 High Holiday Sermons:

Rosh Hashanah Day One: Finding meaning in life

Rosh Hashanah Day Two: Three perspectives of the Akedah (binding of Isaac): Abraham, Isaac and God

Kol Nidre: A different understanding of what it means to be written in The Book of Life

Yizkor: What final message do you want to have said at your funeral?


Cantor Jeffrey Shiovitz

Cantor Jeffrey Shiovitz has served as Hazzan at CSI since 1988. His broad knowledge of both traditional and modern melodies, combined with his enthusiastic service leadership, helps provide our members with a strong musical and ritual atmosphere. As Chairman of Publications for the Cantors Assembly since 1993, he has edited some of the most widely used song books in the Conservative Movement, including B’Kol Echad: In One VoiceRoni V’Simchi: Rejoice and SingHolidays in Song and the three-volume series of Zamru Lo: The Next Generation and B’chol Dor Vador:  In Every Generation.  His latest publication is Shira Chadasha:  The Music of the Independent Minyan. He is currently working on a new book of synagogue music from Israel tentatively titled “Shirei Masorti” in conjunction with the Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center.

A native of Detroit, Cantor Shiovitz graduated from the Cantor’s Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1981. He is especially proud to have received the prestigious Solomon Schechter Award from the United Synagogue for his work with our seniors HaMishpacha program. Cantor Shiovitz is thrilled to have been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from JTS. He is surrounded by his loving family: his wife, Robyn, and his children, Rachel (married to Yonah Lemonik, parents of Miriam Abigail and Maya Rose), David (married to Gina Hotz), Sarah (married to Drew Mahrt, parents of Jamie Robert) and Talia.
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Sun, June 4 2023 15 Sivan 5783