The voices of University Synagogue’s Cantors’ Concert 2018:
Cantor Juval Porat, M.Arch.
Cantor Juval Porat , M.Arch., was born in Israel and moved to Germany with his family as a child. For high school, he returned to Israel, where he studied at the Bnai Akiva Yeshiva. Back in Germany for university, he earned a master’s degree in architecture, and worked as an architect in Berlin.
In June 2009, Cantor Porat was ordained through Abraham Geiger College as the first cantor to be trained in Germany since World War II.
Cantor Porat’s career at BCC began when, while still a student, he served as BCC’s Cantor for the High Holy Days in 2008 and 2009. It felt so right, that he was hired as BCC’s Cantor the following year.
In addition to leading services, Cantor Porat works with Beth Chayim Chadashim’s family education program, directs the BCC choir, teaches adult education classes to meet the spiritual and musical needs of the congregation. Wherever his wonderful voice is heard, there are always new pleasures and surprises. In 2012, Cantor Porat produced a celebratory concert and CD in honor of BCC’s 40th Anniversary.