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Lodzer hires David Young as new Chazzan

posted 13 Jun 2017, 05:54 by Lodzer Shabbat-Bulletin   [ updated 1 Jul 2017, 05:52 ]



Lodzer hires David Young as new Chazzan

TORONTO June 5, 2017 – David Young was just a youngster when he realized his heart was in music, translating it first into piano playing and learning music theory and then practising harmonizing his singing -- with the spin of his mother’s mixmaster.

“I have always had a love of music and have been singing for as far back as I can remember,” said Young. “I remember my mom would be baking, the beaters would be whirling at one frequency and I would harmonize above the frequency of them.”

It’s with this deep and warm admiration of music, and Jewish music in particular, that the Lodzer Centre Congregation is pleased to announce that Young has been named its new chazzan, effective August 1, taking over from Marcel Cohen who is heading to New York City.

“David was an ideal candidate for the position,” said Jeff Shabes, president of the Lodzer. “Not only did the congregation bond with his superb musical abilities, but he has also worked well previously with our rabbi, Eli Courante.”

Young characterized the Lodzer as a warm and welcoming synagogue, and sees his position as an opportunity to bring new people, especially children, into the congregation.

He said his strength lies in the fact that he not only understands Hebrew and can read music, but also that he can convey the meaning of those prayers, many of which have great emotional significance, especially on the High Holidays.  A choir conductor since he was 16, Young is bringing with him his choir, as well as new additions from the Lodzer, who will sing on the High Holidays, Rosh Chodesh and Yizkor.

Born and raised in Toronto, Young is a very active member of Toronto’s Jewish community. A cantor and choir conductor all his adult life at various synagogues in Toronto, he is currently the executive director of Netivot Hatorah Day School Mondays through Fridays. And as a CPA, CA, he spends many weeknights working on his accounting and tax practice. He also gives Bar/Bat Mitzvah lessons.

His wife, Beverley, is principal of Bialik's Himel branch on the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Community Campus in Vaughan. Between the two of them, they have five grown children.
A die-hard Toronto Maple Leafs fan, Young said he is looking forward to being part of a unique situation at the Lodzer.

“I think it’s a special opportunity when you have a relatively new rabbi and cantor starting together who work well together to create ideas and programs and initiatives that will bring members to the shul and promote the Lodzer at every opportunity.”


Press release by Susan Yellin


The Lodzer Synagogue is a Conservative Synagogue, fully egalitarian – where women are encouraged to participate in services and count in the minyan. Founded by Holocaust survivors from Lodz, Poland, the shul has a rich history and a strong connection to the Shoah – providing valuable education within the community. The Lodzer is a family-oriented shul with a warm, inclusive community.

For further information, please contact:

David Young:

Jeff Shabes: