Rabbi Sruli Dresdner combines the best of many worlds – a scholarly background in Talmud and the law, musical virtuosity, a passionate Jewish spirit, and a gift for creating a happy and magical community. After years of in-depth Torah study, Rabbi Dresdner received Rabbinic Ordination as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Judaic Studies from the Denver Talmudic Seminary in 1982. He went on to attend law school and practice law for several years before returning to Jewish life full time as a Klezmer musician and Jewish educator, in addition to serving as High-Holiday Cantor and substitute rabbi in New York. Today he serves as the rabbi of Temple Shalom Synagogue Center in Auburn.
With his wife, Lisa, a violinist and singer, Dresdner performs in synagogues and music festivals throughout the world. “I grew up in the chasidic world and was exposed to some of most amazing, deeply spiritual melodies.I firmly believe that music is the most direct way to connect spirituality with the community and the synagogue.”