Rabbi-Cantor Paul Offenkrantz has served the Jewish community as an ordained spiritual leader for more than 25 years. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Paul began singing professionally on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera at the age of 9 where he came under the tutelage of the great cantor and operatic tenor, Richard Tucker. In 1982, he earned his B.A. from Oberlin College and went on to attend The Yale School of Music for graduate studies. Deciding to combine his passions for singing and Judaism, Paul entered the cantorial program at Hebrew Union College – the Seminary of the Reform Movement – and received his Ordination as Cantor and Master of Sacred Music degree in 1989. In his distinguished career, he has served pulpits in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and West Palm Beach. Within each community, Paul has brought tremendous energy and creativity to all aspects of congregational life including worship; teaching; pastoral care; and building bridges of understanding to other faiths. In recognition of his 25 years of dedicated and devoted service, Hebrew Union College presented Paul with an honorary Doctorate degree in May 2014. To deepen and expand his Judaic knowledge even further, he recently completed an intensive course of rabbinic studies and received Rabbinic Ordination through JSLI (The Jewish Spiritual Leader’s Institute). Paul is currently using his years of experience and skill to serve the spiritual, pastoral, educational and “Life Cycle” needs of the community as an independent rabbi/cantor.
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