Maine Cantors &
Cantoral Musicians

Photo of Cantor Katzir

Rabbi Hillel Katzir

Rabbi Hillel Katzir served as spiritual leader of Temple Shalom in Lewiston from 2003 until 2014. Neither his path to Maine nor his path to rabbinical school was a direct one. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he lived in Israel for nine years in his 20s and early 30s, returned to the United States, attended law school and practiced law for 15 years in California and New Mexico. He even spent some time as a radio host along the way. In 2001, Rabbi Katzir left the practice of law to become a full-time cantor at a synagogue in the Midwest where he discovered a love for the rabbinic role of teaching religion and spirituality. When he arrived in Maine, he was finishing work at the Rabbinical Seminary International of New York City. He was ordained in June 2004 and officially installed as Temple Shalom’s rabbi five months later. He officiated at bar mitzvahs, weddings and funerals, he sang as a cantor and taught as a rabbi. “I’m a teacher,” Katzir said. “That’s who I am. That’s what I am. That’s the essence of being a rabbi.”

Selected Works

Lecha Dodi

Adon Olam

A Song and a Prayer

Cantorial Music in Maine​