International Yiddish Conference & Retreat

Cantor Ben Rosner: Jewish Theological Seminary; Cong. Beth Sholom, Pittsburgh

Cantor Ben Rosner

A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, Cantor Benjamin Rosner brings a dynamic approach to Jewish music and synagogue life.

Since July 2010, Cantor Rosner has served as the cantor of Congregation Beth Shalom in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In that role, Cantor Rosner has imbued synagogue life with music, training and conducting volunteer choirs and a band for participation in services, concerts, and other events. Cantor Rosner has also helped to spearheaded a series of open mic performances at the local, kosher Dunkin Donuts, which have brought together musicians and appreciative fans from across the Jewish community. As a young professional himself, Cantor Rosner has also emphasized the importance of reaching out to young, unaffiliated professionals, facilitating home hospitality dinners, Shabbat services in community members homes, as well as other events.

Cantor Rosner grew up attending services at KAM Isaiah Israel in Hyde Park, Chicago, where he was exposed to the music of Max Janowski, the synagogues famed music director. Cantor Rosner began playing classical guitar at age 13, earning a scholarship to the University of Miamis conservatory program just a few years later. While at UM, Cantor Rosner started leading musical Shabbat services at Hillel, an experience that inspired him to become a Jewish professional. Upon graduation, Cantor Rosner spent a year as the Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at the Hartford Hillel Foundation, where he learned the importance of reaching members of the Jewish community wherever they are.

Cantor Rosner spent his first year of the Jewish Theological Seminary at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. While in Jerusalem, he had the opportunity to perform and tour with the legendary Great Synagogue choir. Cantor Rosner also made his stage debut as Javert in Hebrew Universitys production of Les Miserables. After returning to New York City, Cantor Rosner served as the Cantorial Intern at Temple Beth Rishon in North West Bergen County, New Jersey, where he developed strong ties to the community. He also visited many synagogues as a guest cantor and performer, as well as preparing unaffiliated students for their Bnei Mitzvah as a tutor for Door to Door Tutoring.