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Cantor Jay O’Brien (He, Him, His)

Cantor Jay O’Brien (He, Him, His)

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Jay brings the joy of music to Makom Solel Lakeside as its cantor and a composer in his own right. His contemporary and traditional tunes liven up services and events. He also brings his music all around Chicago by working with Jewish musicians, rock radio, and cantors throughout the area. His music helps people connect to their Jewish roots and rediscover a joy of participating in Jewish culture.

In addition to his music, he brings a passion for advocacy to his congregation, where he raises awareness for issues like racial justice and refugee resettlement and inclusion. He has strived to create a congregation where everyone is welcomed and treated with kindness and respect.

AGE:
34

PRIMARY GIG:
Cantor of Makom Solel Lakeside in Highland Park, IL

ON THE SIDE:
Singer-Songwriter

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 10 WORDS OR LESS:
Millennial Jewish clergy, singing guitar player, davening dog-dad yogi

CHICAGO'S JEWISH COMMUNITY IN 10 YEARS:
Hopefully diverse and inclusive. Jewish communities are already so multi-faceted; if people were a little more aware and sensitive to this, we could really learn a lot more about ourselves and each other.

WHAT IS YOUR NEWFOUND PANDEMIC TALENT OR HOBBY:
Marie Kondo-ing

WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE LAST 10 YEARS:
Raising up a labradoodle puppy named Bamboo

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