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Meet Our Music Director

Meet Our Music Director

Meet Or Ha Lev’s Music Director

Dr. Neil Smith, Rosh Ha Shir, Music Director, and Co-ordinator of Social Action Programs for Or Ha Lev, completed the two-year Davvenen’ Leaders Training Institute (DLTI). This internationally-acclaimed and award-winning program trains Jewish leaders in developing and leading creative and unique Jewish worship services. DLTI is sponsored and run by ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal and trains prayer leaders from across the denominational spectrum in Judaism.

Neil has written many original musical settings for the liturgy as part of his role as Music Director.

Neil also coordinates two ongoing social action projects dedicated to providing food and meals on a regular basis to those in need in our surrounding communities. Or Ha Lev’s ongoing social action projects include: donating 175 meals monthly to Saint Lucy’s Homeless Shelter in Jersey City; and starting the “10 Meals in a Bag” project. This project provides ready to cook meals to those in need. The meals are prepared by our congregation and given to local food banks for distribution.

Neil is also a certified Mohel (ritual circumciser) and an obstetrician-gynecologist – now retired.

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