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
Cantor of Makom Solel Lakeside in
Highland Park, IL
ON THE SIDE:
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 10 WORDS OR LESS:
Millennial Jewish clergy, singing guitar player, davening
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:
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN THE LAST 10 YEARS:
Raising up a labradoodle puppy named Bamboo