Gerard Edery – Cantorial Soloist

Gerard Edery has been singing the Jewish Liturgy of diverse origins for over 20 years. He has been a cantorial soloist for The Village Temple in New York City leading High Holiday and other services for many years with Rabbi Chava Koster. He also performs with renowned cantors Alberto Mizrahi and Aaron Bensoussan in his group, The Sons of Sepharad, singing liturgical treasures from the Sephardi, Mizrahi and Ashkenazy traditions. He is a frequent guest cantorial soloist at Synagogues and Jewish Community Centers throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Trained as a classical baritone at The Manhattan School of Music, he has sung more than thirty roles with opera companies around the United States. Mr. Edery is considered one of the leading interpreters of Sephardic Song, he has been honoured with the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award as well as a Meet the Composer Grant for his original songs. He is proud to have joined the Beit Warszawa community since moving to Warsaw from New York City. Read more: https://www.gerardedery.com


Mike Stein – Guest Cantor

Mike Stein, an americana, bluegrass, composer, country, folk, gospel/devotional/spiritual, jam, other / not classifiable, reggae, rock, showtunes/ broadway, songwriter, traditional artist from Los Angeles. Grammy award and nominee. Read more: https://www.michaelsteinmusic.com/

 

 


Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak – Guest Rabbi

I have devoted myself to the revival and flourishing of congregations around the world, most recently Beit Polska, the umbrella organization of ten Progressive communities that grew out of Beit Warszawa in post-Communist Poland. In America, we are supported by Friends of Jewish Renewal in Poland. Read more: http://www.haimbeliak.org.


Rabbi Walter Rothschild – Guest Rabbi

Since my early student days I have been active in Jewish organisations – indeed, I am one of the few rabbis in Germany who was born and raised in a Reform Jewish household, congregation and movement, through synagogue services, Cheder (religion school), the youth movement YASGB (today: RSY-Netzer), a Jewish student movement and then the young adults organisation of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, WUPJYS. Read more: https://www.walterrothschild.de/rabbiner-dr-walter-l-rothschild/rabbi-dr-walter-l-rothschild-english/being-a-rabbi/

 


Rivka Foremniak – Prayer Leader

As part of her original program, together with other Shatzim, she teaches the future Prayer Leaders. She also leads singing classes for the children of Beit Warszawa’s Gam Yahad program. She is a member and a manager of Shir Aviv choir. She studies psychology with media major at the University of Lublin.


Henryk Shmuel Kowalski – Prayer Leader

Converted to Judaism in 2014. His Hebrew name is Shmuel. Together with his wife, Elżbieta (Yael) they have been active in the community since 2013. He leads services as Shliach Tzibur. He holds qualifications to lead all holiday services and ceremonies. He catillates Torah scriptures. He is now retired. He enjoys learning Hebrew.