Visiting Cantor: 
Rabbi Cantor Gershon Silins

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We are excited to welcome Rabbi Cantor Gershon Silins who will serve as our High Holy Days cantor this year. Most recently, Cantor Gershon served as assistant rabbi at West London Synagogue. Previously, Cantor Gershon was part of the Rabbinic Team of Liberal Judaism, serving communities in Lincolnshire, Norwich, Stevenage and Manchester. Prior to arriving in the UK, he served congregations in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. He has also taught cantorial studies at the Abraham Geiger College Cantorial School in Berlin and the Levisson Institute in Amsterdam. 

Cantor Gershon was ordained as a cantor in 1990, receiving the degree of Master of Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College in New York. He was ordained as a rabbi by Leo Baeck College in 2019, making him the first (and, so far, only) rabbi-cantor in the United Kingdom. 

Cantor Gershon has had a passion for singing since childhood and has sung in a wide variety of settings all his life. His essay, “The Discussion of Music in Lawrence A. Hoffman’s The Art of Public Prayer” appeared in The CCAR Journal. He appeared with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto and as the cantor in a performance of Ernest Bloch’s Avodat Hakodesh (Sacred Service) marking the 70th anniversary of its American premiere at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco, as part of the annual Convention of the American Conference of Cantors. He also sang the Bloch with the Pittsburgh Oratorio Society in Pittsburgh, here at Rodef Shalom. 


Cantor Gershon is devoted to strengthening the community by sharing his enthusiasm for Jewish music, language, culture and wisdom in its many forms. 

He is an enthusiastic reader of fiction, non-fiction and periodicals (usually several of them simultaneously), loves singing and listening to an eclectic range of music, and is a member of the London Philharmonic Choir.


Cantor Gershon would love to get to know members of the congregation during his stay in Pittsburgh. If you would like to host him for a meal or get-together, please contact Paige Hoffman at hoffman@rodefshalom.org or 412-621-6566 ext 133.