Beth Shalom of Whittier
Progressive Conservative Judaism
Hazzan Lance H Tapper
Notes From the Hazzan
It is with deep honor, great joy, and humility I receive an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (the Conservative Movement flagship seminary in the USA) this month on February 2, 2022, for my long and involved pulpit work in several congregations over time and contributions to the cantorate and Jewish clergy in the greater Jewish community. This recognition by the seminary of the Conservative movement is very rewarding for me, and I appreciate all the accolades that have been and will be given to me for my body of work as a Hazzan and Spiritual Leader. I hope to continue to bring honor and pride to our congregation and the larger Jewish community for many more years to come.
We all hope this month that our county COVID numbers drop enough to warrant more of you coming back in person to our services in the Meeting House at First Friends live. It is of vital importance that we try as much as possible to bring a sense of normalcy back to our lives in this way. We ALWAYS welcome you in person with open arms!
And, with the hostage incident at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas still fresh in our minds, we also work and pray toward a lessening of antisemitic feeling and tensions that have been so prevalent in these last few years in our country. Though we are blessed in Whittier to have a community that supports all races, faiths, and creeds, we need to continue to be vigilant, since we do not live on an island here and tensions in our greater southern California area could flair up at any time given a volatile circumstance. All faiths must continue to support each other as they have to continue to keep antisemitism and racism at bay.
-Hazzan Lance H. Tapper