Cantor Joel Colman

Congregation Temple Sinai

Cantor Joel Colman has been serving as the Cantor at Temple Sinai since 1999. Previously he has 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 received a Master Degree in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music where he was ordained as Cantor in 1995, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan with a BA in Special Education. 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 has taught High School in Texas and in 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 also been the featured artist at two concerts held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Cantor Colman has sung with some of the finest male college choirs in the country such as the Wayne State University Glee Club in Detroit, Michigan, and the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Cantor Colman has sung our 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 is serving in the IDF.

Cantor’s Notes

Cantor’s Notes November 2015

One of the challenges in writing a column for our monthly bulletin, especially when it has to do with events in the news, is that it can be dated information by the time it reaches your mailbox. As I write this article, the news from Israel is difficult to read, with...

Cantor’s Notes for September 2015

This past summer did not turn out as I expected.  Sadly, my mother (also a member of Temple Sinai), who for several years has been bravely battling lung disease, passed away on July 28.  Of course, my expected travel plans for July changed dramatically, and I ended up...