Beth Shalom of Whittier
Progressive Conservative Judaism
Rabbi Cantor Osnat Margalith, founder and spiritual leader of Shira Hadasha was appointed Rabbi of Beth Shalom of Whittier In 2012. Rabbi Osnat looks to make a difference in people’s lives and to provide transformative moments through liturgy and music. Her services are often a blend of melodies – classical Chazzanut with contemporary melodies, Israeli music with American compositions, Chassidic and traditional niggunim and tunes. “This fusion of melodies, originating in various historical places of our people, is what brings me to the Jewish community in an effort to unite our people in voice and song to the Divine.” While creating a warm and inclusive space, Rabbi Osnat is able to draw together people from very different Jewish backgrounds, allowing for private as well as communal connections, learning and praying. Rabbi Osnat was born in Israel and raised in an Orthodox Israeli family. She holds two ordinations: as Rabbi and as Cantor, as well as a Master degree in Sacred Music and a Masters degree in Rabbinic Studies, all by the Academy for Jewish Religion (AJR-CA). Additionally, Rabbi Osnat is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, received her BA in Comparative Literature and Languages as well as a Masters of Science in Library Science (MSLS). Rabbi Osnat is a member of The Board of Rabbis of Southern California, The Board of Rabbis of Orange County, The Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din for Conversions, The Cantors Assembly, and member of the Faith Leaders’ advisory board of OCICE – Orange County Interfaith Coalition for the Environment. She also serves as a community chaplain for the Orange County Federation and Jewish Family Services.
Hazzan Lance H. Tapperwas born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He received his early music, Jewish, and secular training in the San Fernando Valley. He is a graduate of UCLA with degrees and advanced coursework in History, Art, Music, and Education. He studied the Cantorial art with Hazzan Carl Urstein z”l of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, and Hazzan Nathan Lam of Stephen S. Wise Temple, Los Angeles. He studied voice with Dan Balestrero formerly of the San Francisco Opera and Chicago Lyric Opera companies. Prior to coming to Congregation Beth Shalom in Whittier, Hazzan Lance has served congregations in Fresno, San Jacinto, Bermuda Dunes, Downey, Simi Valley, Tarzana, and Tujunga, CA, in some cases both as Hazzan and Spiritual Leader. Hazzan Lance was elected to membership in the Cantors Assembly in 1987 and has served many posts within the organization on a regional level including regional Secretary, Vice-Chair, Chair, and Executive Vice-Chair. He has also served on the national Executive Council and currently serves on the Membership committee of this body. He is also the current co-chair of the Convention Management committee. Hazzan Lance has performed in and produced several major programs and concerts over the last few years for his congregations, the Cantors Assembly, and the Orange County Jewish Federation. He has been invited over time to lecture on Jewish Musicology for Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA and Pasadena Jewish Temple in Pasadena, CA among others. He is well known for his ability to teach Judaism and history through music.