He has sung at Carnegie Hall and the UN, at the Knesset and US Capitol. And a number of his memorable performances of Jewish music have generated millions of YouTube hits.
On April 25, Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue in Manhattan will present a concert of several of his most outstanding prayer renditions as the feature headliner for this year’s Temple Israel gala fundraiser. After the concert, which he will curate just for that evening, he will participate in a live one on one conversation where he will answer our questions.
And you can watch it all online from the safety and comfort of your home.
Cost is just $36 per person as a donation to support Norfolk, VA’s Temple Israel.
Contact the temple office at (757) 489-4550 for sponsorship opportunities.
Cantor Azi Schwartz is the Senior Cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York and is a world-renowned vocal performer and recording artist whose music reaches both Jewish and interfaith audiences internationally. His craft of Jewish liturgical music has been described as emotionally moving, spiritually uplifting, and artistically dynamic.
Azi grew up in a traditional community in Israel. His grandfather, also a cantor, inspired Azi to pursue his passion and inclination for singing and music. After graduating from Tel Aviv Cantorial Institute and studying under the top cantors in the world, Azi continued studying music with a Masters in Classical Singing and Conducting from Mannes School of Music.
This journey brought Azi to New York, where he leads Park Avenue Synagogue (PAS), the largest Conservative community in NYC and the flagship of Jewish liturgical music in North America. As PAS Music Center’s Director, Cantor Schwartz creates, records, and publishes new liturgical music, as well as hosts world-class guest artists for concerts and worship.
Passionate to bring Jewish liturgy to the broader world, Azi has performed at Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Madison Square Garden, the US Capitol Rotunda, and the Israeli Knesset. In 2018, Azi was featured in a PBS special titled, “The New York Cantors,” which brought cantorial music to millions of viewers across the US and in Europe. During Pope Francis’ visit to New York in October 2015, Cantor Schwartz represented the Jewish people at the multi-religious service at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. He plays the cantor’s role in Richard Gere’s movie ‘Norman’, and performs in concerts and interfaith missions around the world. Azi has an astounding online following. He has released nine studio albums containing traditional and newly commissioned Jewish liturgical music.
We are a vibrant, egalitarian, Conservative Jewish congregation, striving to meet the spiritual, educational, life cycle and social needs of our diverse membership. Through fulfillment of mitzvot, we provide opportunities for meaningful living for our synagogue membership.
Temple Israel exists to help its congregants and the surrounding community find greater meaning in life and to build community. Our twice-daily services as well as Shabbat and Holiday worship involve wide participation from our members. Under the leadership of Rabbi Panitz, Temple Israel welcomes and seeks to empower ever richer spiritual life.
While we are a Conservative synagogue, we recognize that many non-Jewish spouses or relatives seek to have a meaningful part in life cycle celebrations and in holiday events. We always welcome anyone interested in Judaism to attend events at Temple Israel. We seek to find appropriate ways to help them take part. For example, a non-Jewish parent of a bar or bat mitzvah child is welcome to ascend the bima with the Jewish parent and to offer words of praise and encouragement to the child as part of a tallit presentation. The non-Jewish spouse may stand on the bima with the Jewish partner who is having an aliyah. In most celebrations there are some elements that are not distinctively Jewish–a prayer for our country or a prayer for peace, for example, on Shabbat are entirely appropriate for anyone to lead.
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Welcoming all, Temple Israel offers a lively meeting place for hundreds of individuals and families in Southeastern Virginia.
Join us as we celebrates the fullness of Jewish life together. Our building is handicapped-accessible and we are sensitive to the needs of those with disabilities.
We welcome military families, and make extra efforts to accommodate the spiritual life of those deployed to this area for however long or short a time.
Join us for engaging holiday and Shabbat worship. Want to learn more Hebrew or to get an understanding of interesting elements of Jewish history or of Talmud? We have free classes. Want to learn to chant Torah or Esther or sections from the Prophets? Join the band of folks who have enjoyed mastering those challenges in recent years. All aspects of temple life are open, to provide you with opportunities for personal growth and leadership skills.
Enjoy entertaining musical programs and take part in fulfilling social action projects, take classes, enjoy social get-togethers. We are a partner in Beit Sefer Shalom, the community Conservative Religious School serving Congregation Beth El, KBH, and Temple Israel.
Want a low-stress way to celebrate your birthday or an important anniversary with friends? Let Shabbat be your occasion for gathering your dear ones. Let us celebrate with you at kiddush luncheon.
Temple Israel is, in the words of our mission statement, “a vibrant, egalitarian Conservative, Jewish congregation, striving to meet the spiritual needs of a diverse membership.” Or in the words of one of the first graders, “It’s the fun place. It’s where I see my friends.”
Feel free to visit us any Shabbat morning for prayer and fellowship, or any morning or afternoon for daily minyan.