Thursday, February 10, 2005


Yet More Bios

Here's some more information on a few of the people who will be helping to make this year's Anshei Darom Retreat extra-special...

Rabbi Louis Zivic

Rabbi Louis Zivic was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1976. Since that time he has served congregations in Lansdale, PA; Beverly, MA; and Lebanon, PA before being called to the pulpit of Heska Amuna Synagogue in Knoxville. He is a past president of the North Penn Mnisterium and the Eastern Pennsylvania region of the Rabbinical Assembly. In 2004 the State Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania awarded him a Legislative Citation for his work on behalf of his community and Lebanon County. In addition to the degree of Master of Arts in Rabbinics, Rabbi Zivic was awarded his Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, in February 2003. He served as the Jewish chaplain at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lebanon and established the first HIV support group in Lebanon. He was also an adjunct assistant professor of Religion and Philosophy at Lebanon Valley College. His most recent article, "A Winter's Tale," appeared in the fall 2003 edition of Women's League "Outlook." He has one child, a son, Jonathan.

Cantor Joel Fox

Cantor Joel Fox grew up in Dallas, Texas in an enthusiastic home filled with a love of Judaism and music. As a young boy, he demonstrated a great deal of interest in music and singing. His early studies included playing the piano, singing in theater groups, and learning solfege.

At age fourteen, Joel and his family moved to Israel. After completing his studies at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Cantor Fox attended the Israel Institute of Cantorial Art where he learned with internationally known cantors such as Naftali Hershtik, Eli Jaffe and Moshe Stern. From 1989 until 1992 Cantor Fox served in the Israel Defense Force as a member of their acclaimed Rabbinical Army Choir.

In 1992 Cantor Fox moved back to the United States and became the Cantor at the Jacksonville Jewish Center in Jacksonville, Florida. He is currently the Cantor of Congregation Ahavath Achim in Atlanta, Georgia.

Throughout his career, Cantor Fox has traveled and given concerts across the globe for a variety of audiences. As an accomplished pianist and entertainer, Cantor Fox's repertoire includes traditional and contemporary music in English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. With his father Rabbi Edward Fox, who is also a Cantor, he recorded "Cantors Fox Together." Cantor Fox has recently completed his latest CD, "Oh Say Shalom," and is currently working on another production. He rides a "Challah" Davidson motorcycle - but not on Shabbat.


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