Our Spiritual Leader

Rabbi Hazzan Richard Bessman comes to us most recently from Fort Myers, Florida where he served as cantor for Temple Beth El. He graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York with the title of Hazzan and a Master of Arts in Sacred Music. He also earned a master’s in Jewish Education with honors from the William Davidson Graduate School.

Rabbi Bessman received Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbinical Academy of Mesifta Adath Wolkowisk. Having considerable experience working in traditional and liberal congregations, Cantor Bessman is comfortable with Conservative and Reform liturgies, and he strives to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for everyone.