Cantor Joel ColmanCongregation Temple Sinai
Cantor Joel Colman has served as the cantor at Temple Sinai since 1999. Previously, he served as the cantor at Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester, New York, and as the cantor/educator at Greenwich Reform Synagogue in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Cantor Colman graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.A. in Special Education. He then received a Master Degree in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music, where he was ordained as a cantor in 1995. Cantor Colman’s master thesis on Sidor Belarsky was published by the Journal of Synagogue Music. He is also a past regional director for the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization and taught high school in Texas and Israel.
Cantor Colman has sung in concerts in New Orleans, Rochester, St. Louis, Miami, Detroit, Tulsa, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York City and Jerusalem, and has been the featured artist at two concerts held at the UN Headquarters in New York. Cantor Colman has also sung with some of the finest male college choirs in the country, such as the Wayne State University Men’s Glee Club and the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club. Cantor Colman has sung the national anthem at the 2002 Nokia Sugar Bowl, which was heard nationwide on ABC-TV, and for the New Orleans Hornets.
Cantor Colman recently appeared in a feature role in the New Orleans Opera production of Samson & Delilah. He also serves the community as a chaplain with the New Orleans Fire Department, and as an emergency coordinator for Amateur Radio communication within Orleans Parish.
Cantor Colman’s son Joshua made aliyah to Israel in 2010 and serves in the IDF.