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Cantor Jordan S. Franzel has served Congregation Or Ami in Lafayette Hill, PA since July of 2002. He received his Masters of Sacred Music from HUC – JIR – Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and was ordained as a Cantor in 1996. In 2021, Cantor Franzel received an honorary doctorate in music from HUC.

Prior to his pulpit in Pennsylvania, Cantor Franzel served as Senior Cantor of Central Synagogue in New York City and the Touro Synagogue in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been on the faculty of the URJ summer Kallah, has been a guest faculty of the Hava Nashira Institute for Jewish Songleaders and Musicians, and has served on the editorial board for the different forms of the union songbook, Shireinu.

Cantor Franzel can be heard on two CDs of Danny Maseng’s liturgical music: “Soul On Fire,” and “Labor of Love,” as well as numerous recordings of his own compositions. Cantor Franzel’s music has been utilized at Hebrew Union College, various congregations and camps around the country and beyond, and most recently at a URJ biennial. A number of his liturgical settings have been published in several volumes of the Shabbat Anthology published by Transcontinental Music Publications. All of Cantor Franzel's music is available on most digital sites.

Cantor Franzel has been commissioned to compose music for Temple Rodeph Sholom and the Park Avenue Synagogue, both in New York City, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis had asked the Cantor to compose a new composition for the new CCAR Machzor.

Cantor Franzel is a member of the American Conference of Cantors, longtime member of the ACC Nominating Committee, is a graduate of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and is a serious and longtime devotee of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism.

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Tue, January 25 2022 23 Sh'vat 5782