Dear Rodeph Shalom Congregants,
It is our great pleasure to announce that Cantor Bradley Hyman will be joining Congregation Rodeph Shalom as our permanent cantor on July 1, 2021. After a rigorous process, our Cantor Search Task Force enthusiastically agreed that Cantor Hyman is the best fit for our community. He is a talented musician who evokes a full range of emotion from joy to sorrow through song and most importantly inspires others to join him. His warmth, thoughtfulness, love of teaching, and humility will serve him and our community well as he joins Rodeph Shalom as a full clergy partner. These qualities and his many years of experience make him an excellent fit for our congregation. Rabbi Maderer and Rabbi Freedman are excited for Cantor Hyman to join our clergy team, and we all look forward to introducing him to you soon.
Cantor Hyman comes to us from Temple Chaverim in Long Island where he has been cantor for 16 years. Originally from Michigan, Cantor Hyman is a graduate of Michigan State University and Hebrew Union College. While a student, he gained cantorialexperience in Mobile, AL, Charlottesville, VA, and at New York City’s historic Central Synagogue. Cantor Hyman is a product of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY). He has served as a national song leader for three URJ summer camps. Cantor Hyman is happily married to Vicki and the proud father of Liora and Hannah.
We received and reviewed applications from many candidates over the last two years and unanimously agree that in Cantor Hyman, we have found the candidate that is the best fit for Rodeph Shalom. While this process was conducted safely and virtually, there were robust opportunities for us to get to know the cantor and for him to get to know Rodeph Shalom. We consulted with a variety of musicians and are confident in the skill and knowledge Cantor Hyman brings.
We are extremely grateful to Cantor Rita Glassman, who has served us so well in this interim year. We look forward to continuing to enjoy her music and service to our community for the remainder of her tenure. Please look for opportunities to participate in expressing our gratitude to her for all she has given us as we prepare for her departure at the end of June.
We want to thank the entire Cantor Search Task Force – Jonathan Broder, Lloyd Brotman, Karen Edelstein, Sarah Gitchell, Michael Hauptman, Beth Lashner, Ned Levi, Susan Pultman, Jerry Silverman, Jennifer James, Jeff Katz, Rabbi Freedman and Rabbi Maderer – for their commitment, flexibility, and ingenuity throughout this long process.
We are looking forward to working with our congregation to extend a warm welcome to Cantor Hyman as he joins our community.
Hank Bernstein, President
Kait Yulman, Search Chair, Member of Board of Directors
Cassidy Leighton, Search Vice-Chair, Member of Board of Advisors