Cantor Steve Zeidenberg

Cantor Steve Zeidenberg is thrilled to serve as full-time Cantor at CBST, after serving the congregation as Cantorial Intern for 2 years. He is a 2017 graduate of H.L. Miller Cantorial School at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where he was formally invested as Hazzan and earned a Masters in Sacred Music Degree. A native of Toronto, Canada, he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from York University in Toronto and a Certificate in Performance from Sheridan College in Oakville, Canada. Cantor Zeidenberg also completed a unit (400 hours) of chaplaincy training through the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS, where he worked as Chaplain Intern for older adults in Coney Island’s Warbasse apartments through JASA (the Jewish Association Serving the Aging).  Before his internship with CBST, Cantor Zeidenberg served as Cantorial Intern for Ansche Chesed Congregation in the Upper West Side (mentored by Hazzan Natasha Hirschhorn); Cantorial Intern for Temple Beth Sholom in Fair Lawn, NJ; and High Holy Day Cantor for the Hillel of Amherst College. A former Events Coordinator for Kulanu Toronto - organizing Shabbat dinners and Pride events for the LGBTQ Jewish community - he has a longstanding passion for outreach and activism within the LGBTQ Jewish world. In becoming a voice of prayer for a synagogue whose siddur includes Sondheim's "No One is Alone," Cantor Zeidenberg feels he has finally come home to a community where the transformative powers of art and tefillah are not mutually exclusive.