Hernan Rog

2004Modim Anahnu Lakh
Hernan Rog was born in 1965 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Trained in piano and organ at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires, he has served as choir director and organist for numerous congregations in the Argentine capital, including 12 years at the Ohr Hadash Hebrew Congregation. Rog comes from a family of musicians and hazzanim, and has been a member of numerous musical ensembles playing Jewish music as well as jazz. Modim Anahnu Lakh is one of several liturgical pieces he has composed.

Ken Richmond

2006Psalm 92Sefirat Ha-Omer Honorable Mention  2004 ‘Al Ken NekaveKevod’kha Malei ‘OlamYigdal
Cantor Ken Richmond served for two years as hazzan of the Midway Jewish Center, in Syosset, NY, and is now back in Red Sox territory as cantor of Temple Israel of Natick, MA. A violinist and singer, he has been founding and directing klezmer bands for years, including the Yale Klezmer Band, the Klezmaniacs, and Fish Street Klezmer. For his senior project at JTS’s H.L. Miller Cantorial School, he composed a new klezmer Friday night service, in collaboration with his wife, Shira Shazeer. He has been serving as a member of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Mahzor Committee, where he is composing congregational melodies for newly-inserted liturgical poems.

Gershom Sizomu

2004Lekhu Neranena
Rabbi Gershom Sizomu was born in 1969 in Uganda. His father was the Abayudaya community’s rabbi and mohel, and his maternal grandfather was the community’s chief rabbi. He became the community rabbi upon his father’s death in 1991. He and his family have been active musicians in the community for many years, setting much of the Jewish liturgy to traditional African rhythms and harmonies. He received a BA in education from the Islamic University in Uganda, and later founded and led the only Jewish high school in Uganda and the Abayudaya Yeshiva. He received ordination in 2008 from American Jewish University’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and returned to Uganda where he continues to serve the community there

Rebecca Schwartz

2004Yedid NefeshBirkat Ha Nerot
Rebecca Schwartz is a professional singer, songwriter, and guitarist; a Hebrew song leader; a cantorial soloist; and an educator. She has performed and taught music since 1975, and currently works at Old York Road Temple—Beth Am and Congregation Rodeph Shalom in the Philadelphia area. Rebecca has released two albums: Only Time Can Tell (original love songs) and The Light of Shabbat. Rebecca recently created and presented “The Power of Prayer Through Music—Enhancing Worship With Song” for the 29th Annual Conference on Alternatives in Jewish Education.