Cantorial

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Hazzan Paul Dorman is an Ordained Jewish Cantor with the Cantors Assembly. He began his cantorial career at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. He has sung and continues to sing around the country, in Canada as well as at Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles where he is Director of B’nai Mitzvah Studies.

He is well known for his beautiful tenor voice, his ability to sing in a classical as well as a contemporary style, his innovative services, musical compositions and recordings. His singing and his services are imbued with both a deep spirituality and a great sense of joy, helping us experience traditional Judaism in a new, contemporary way.

Hazzan Dorman offers a full array of music. From solo cantorial singing, singing with choir, to a full band, singing all musical styles.

Hazzan Dorman officiates and co-officiates at all Life Cycle Events and offers a wide range of traditional and non-traditional services for Jewish Weddings, Bar/t Mitzvah services, including preparation and training, Baby Namings, Funerals / Shiva and Unveilings.

To book Hazzan Dorman or for more information CLICK HERE.

Have Tallit will Travel

Have Cantor Dorman perform at your next event or fundraiser with all or a piece of:

An exciting, new and uplifting,

INSPIRATIONAL CONCERT

Warning: This is NOT your grandfather’s cantor’s concert.

Inspirational music, Spiritual music, Jewish music, Cantor Dorman’s own music and classic American Songbook. It’s adult contemporary pop, a little rock and a whole lot of heart and soul. Dancing in the aisles is permitted

(Your Adult & Youth choirs can also participate).

Cantor Dorman is a multi talented performer, entertainer, singer-songwriter and a very contemporary styled, ordained Jewish cantor. At home on the concert stage, in the theatre, on sound stages, and of course in Jewish temples, churches and Buddhist temples, his beautiful tenor voice, along with his three octave range, complement his stylistic versatility. Paul’s singing and performing are natural, effortless and from the heart. Before becoming a cantor, Paul spent over 15 years as a professional actor/singer/performer and director, in the Entertainment business.

“…I was so delighted with the professionalism on the album that I booked Paul for a concert immediately. I was not disappointed. Everything that I heard on the album came to life in a three dimensional energetic performance. Paul sang with the pathos of a Cantor and the rock and roll enthusiasm of a veteran stage performer. The audience was thoroughly entertained. ”

Steve Stoehr, Cantor, Beth Shalom, Northbrook, IL

Listen to some of Paul’s pop & rock selections CLICK HERE

To Book Cantor Dorman CLICK HERE

Hazzan Dorman takes great pleasure officiating and co-officiating Weddings.

The wedding day is the happiest and holiest day in a bride and grooms life. They are filled with love and joy. They are about to build a new life together. At that moment they are the most beautiful and important people in the world. A Jewish wedding is full of meaningful rituals, symbolizing the beauty of their relationship, as well as their obligations to each other.

It is a great mitzvah to make the wedding spiritual, meaningful yet filled with love, joy and great celebration.

“We are beyond thrilled with last night! We are seriously blessed that we were recommended you. You were hilarious, you had a great voice, and every single one of our guests was fully entertained by you. We couldn’t have asked for anything better and we absolutely weren’t expecting it to be as amazing as it was. You should ABSOLUTELY officiate more weddings!!! So many people told us you were the best. Thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts, you made our wedding probably the best people have been to, solely because of the ceremony! Thank you so so much!!”

– McKenna Fairchild & Saman Fakheri on the occasion of their wedding

For information and bookings CLICK HERE

Hazzan Dorman is the “Director of B’nai Mitzvah Studies” at Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles. He also enjoys officiating or co-officiating at  PRIVATE B’NAI MITZVAH SERVICES, working closely with the young person and the family to make the experience truly meaningful, spiritual and fun.

He is available to mentor the student, or oversee the mentoring process. As a Hazzan, he teaches the young people about Judaism and Torah, not just how to memorize a few prayers.

His unique style, focusing on responsibility, consistency and believing in yourself, not only prepares the young person beautifully for the service but also helps prepare them for life.

“Paul…What a fantastic service. So many people told me what a special event it was and how emotional it was. You were fun and funny and sang beautifully. Maya came through with flying colors.”

-Ron & Anat Schneider on the occasion of Daughter Maya’s Bat-Mitzvah

“I just wanted to reach out and tell you what a beautiful service you held on Saturday and how truly impressive it was to see Talia in her element and loving every minute of it. She was so proud of herself and that has everything to do with you and how you handled her. I can’t believe we will not be visiting you on a daily basis, but you will forever be in our thoughts as we reflect on what a beautiful day it truly was. I don’t think, I KNOW, she finally got it! Thank you,

– Michelle Sarraf on the occasion of Daughter Talia’s Bat-Mitzvah

“Julie and I wanted to say thank you again for helping the girls through their studies over the past 6 months.  We know that they can be a little ‘busy’ at times and we really appreciate your patience and guidance.  We think they did a great job on Saturday and we know that it is because of the hard work you put into your time with them. We were also very pleased that you were our Cantor on Saturday.  It gave the girls just a little more comfort knowing that you would be by their side on their big day.  You have a beautiful voice and your presence was a blessing for our family.

– Jay Gilberg on the occasion of their daughters dual bat-mitzvahs

For information and bookings CLICK HERE

Hazzan Dorman offers a full array of both contemporary and traditional

High Holiday, Friday Night, Shabbat Morning,

Festivals services

He has officiated at very large temples such as Sinai Temple and Stephen Wise Temple, both in Los Angeles, to medium size and smaller ones. Hazzan Dorman is happy to bring your community a single service with a hazzan or an entire weekend.

Hazzan Dorman has officiated at traditional style services but he is also known for his innovative services, helping to create the highly successful “FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE” and “TORAH IN THE ROUND” at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and the award winning services “SHABBAT SINGS” and “KOLOT” for both Friday Night and Shabbat Morning, at Temple Ramat Zion in Los Angeles.

To listen to selections from his Cantorial demo CLICK HERE

For information and bookings CLICK HERE

The High Holiday services were magnificent. You were magnificent”.

– Rabbi Cutler of Creative Arts Temple

“They were the best services we ever had!”

– Jerry Goldstein music producer songwriter member of Creative Arts Temple

“Just wanted to tell you how great you sounded for the services. It really was beautiful.

– Patrice and Nolan singer/songwriters members of Creative Arts Temple

“Thanks to YOU, Paul. you rose to it and really carried us all with you. Your efforts for the High Holiday services paid off and I’m grateful. Best wishes for a year filled with health, joy, and continuing achievements.”

– Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson Vice President, American Jewish University

– Dean Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies , Rabbi for High Holidays at Sinai Temple

“Paul’s a creative, hard-working, dedicated cantor. He came to the cantorate after years of success in show-business. He came because he truly loves Jewish community life. He worked for some years with Steve Tucker, z”l, and after Steve’s death, he carried the synagogue on his back until they could re-group and rebuild. Lots of families credit their continued connection with the synagogue to Paul’s efforts. I know Paul to be creative, very talented musically, and an experienced professional. I think he is an asset to any community that engages him.”

– Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom, Encino CA

“We had great positive kudos for the shabbat weekend”

– S Gugenheim – Congregation Beth Shalom-Modesto CA 

“Everyone had very positive comments and would like to have you return. The services were uplifting and joyful and the Saturday evening program was fun and informative.”

– Laura Skolnick  Congregation Beth Shalom-Modesto CA

“It (SHABBAT SINGS) was a spiritual high. Everyone was on their feet singing and clapping as if we were all at a joyous family gathering!”

– Mickey Desser – Long-time member, Temple Ramat Zion

“My four year old daughter and I attended the service. It was our first time at a “SHABBAT SINGS” My four year old loved the music of the choir, the band and the cantor. The music was so uplifting and soulful – my daughter danced to the music for the majority of the service. The service was not your traditional Friday Night service – it was musical and spiritual and really engaging. We loved the entire experience and can’t wait for the next “SHABBAT SINGS” service!”

– Marsha Fox – Preschool mom, Temple Ramat Zion

“The “KOLOT” service is a perfect way for children to put their classroom learning to practical use. It is an opportunity for families to pray together in an uplifting manner and with lots of ruach. I love attending the “KOLOT” service because it is exciting to see the upcoming generation take over leading the prayers with such confidence and energy! “KOLOT” has showed us that Judaism has a future.”

– Lynn Bernheim – former Director, Temple Ramat Zion Religious School

Have the Seder you’ve always wanted. Understand, participate in and enjoy our favorite Passover celebration. Cantor Dorman mixes the traditional with the modern, bringing contemporary meaning, song and fun.

For information and bookings CLICK HERE

Hazzan Dorman is an ordained cantor and officiates at funerals.

“Death brings more than sorrow. It works profound changes and causes all manner of disruption in our lives. Amidst the confusion, the turbulence and the pain, we reach out for enduring values and accumulated wisdom. Thus in times of personal loss, we seek solace, a sense of community and a continuity with earlier generations through the time honored traditions of Jewish burial and mourning”.

“Yesterdays are beyond the reach of death as our love transforms them into current and living influences”.

For information and bookings CLICK HERE

Brit Milah and Simchat Bat, welcoming and naming your new baby boy or girl.
 
A Brit Milah, also known as a bris, is the Jewish ceremony in which a baby boy is circumcised and given a Hebrew name. Many modern Jews see it as an important tradition that connects the generations. Traditionally, the brit milah takes place on the baby’s eighth day of life. The ceremony is often held at the home of the baby’s parents or grandparents. The ceremonies often include other readings and blessings as well, and parents often speak about the reason they chose the boy’s Hebrew name. The ceremony is generally followed by a festive meal.

Cantor Dorman officiates but does not do the actual circumcision.
 
Simchat Bat, which means “Rejoicing in a Daughter” or “celebration for a daughter,” is a ceremony that includes welcoming and naming your new girl baby. Cantor Dorman will work with you to create a ceremony that is spiritual, meaningful and joyous.
 
To Book Cantor Dorman CLICK HERE

1. INSPIRATIONAL CONCERT

2. FROM TIN PAN ALLEY TO JEWS WHO ROCK: A lecture/demo of the Jewish influence on the American music scene. This show celebrates the amazing contribution and impact of Jewish songwriters, performers, managers, producers and DJs, who helped create and develop American music. They have sold millions of songs, records and written so many shows. They spoke the feelings we felt. They gave our hearts and minds a voice. They gave us music that changed our world.

3. PRAY IN DEED: Hazzan Dorman, with Rabbi Michael Graetz created the award winning book/CD “PRAY IN DEED”. We pray to remind ourselves of the important things in life and our prayer is meant to be a spark to action. A deed can be seen to be a kind of prayer especially if the deed is inspired by the prayer.

In this workshop, we read through some of our core prayers, understanding them in a new light, seeing them as sparks to action. We then write our own prayers; personal prayers, daily prayers, of hope, of joy, of loss, of love. What deeds can we do, to help answer our own prayers?

“I am blown away by “PRAY IN DEED”. It is deep, wise, alive, responsive and beautiful. Congratulations on such a superb tool for opening up the soul of the liturgy with such verve and joy”

– Rabbi Brad Artson – V.P. American Jewish University, Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

“Just had the chance to listen to your wonderful project! Kol HaKavod. I think it was not only well done but also serves a wonderful purpose!”

– Craig Taubman – leading innovator and producer of contemporary Jewish music.

For information and bookings CLICK HERE

CANTORIAL DEMO

Check out some tracks of Paul’s Cantorial work for your enjoyment.

 

Listen Here

Hazzan Dorman is known for his innovative services and programs, helping to create the highly successful “FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE” and “TORAH IN THE ROUND” at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles and the award winning services “SHABBAT SINGS” and “KOLOT” for both Friday Night and Shabbat Morning, at Temple Ramat Zion in Los Angeles. In collaboration with Rabbi Michael Graetz, he created the award winning booklet/CD “PRAY IN DEED” as a learning companion to these innovative services.

“PRAY IN DEED” We pray to remind ourselves of the important things in life and our prayer is meant to be a spark to action. A deed can be seen as a kind of prayer, especially if the deed is inspired by the prayer. We have included suggestions of deeds that can be done along with each prayer. Through the use of “PRAY IN DEED” many have found the words of the prayers more meaningful and their deeds have become more fulfilling. This award winning booklet/CD acts as a guide and learning companion for the Friday Night and Shabbat Morning services and can be used as part of your school curriculum.

I am blown away by “PRAY IN DEED”. It is deep, wise, alive, responsive and beautiful. Congratulations on such a superb tool for opening up the soul of the liturgy with such verve and joy.

Rabbi Brad Artson – V.P. American Jewish University, Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies

Just had the chance to listen to your wonderful project! Kol HaKavod. I think it was not only well done but also serves a wonderful purpose!

Craig Taubman – leading innovator and producer of contemporary Jewish music.

“SHABBAT SINGS” Friday Night and Shabbat Morning is an award winning innovative service that lifts us and helps renew us with it’s music and unique approach to our liturgy. As the words and music weave through us, we reconnect to the best in ourselves and in each other. Combining the traditional with the contemporary, it provides a doorway for all ages and all levels of religious observance. With a band and an optional choir, “SHABBAT SINGS” infuses Shabbat with music and joy, with a little bit of pop, a little bit of rock and a lot of soul.

“It was a spiritual high. Everyone was on their feet singing and clapping as if we were all at a joyous family gathering!”
Mickey Desser – Long-time member, Temple Ramat Zion

“My four year old daughter and I attended the service. It was our first time at a “SHABBAT SINGS” My four year old loved the music of the choir, the band and the cantor. The music was so uplifting and soulful – my daughter danced to the music for the majority of the service. The service was not your traditional Friday Night service – it was musical and spiritual and really engaging. We loved the entire experience and can’t wait for the next “SHABBAT SINGS” service!”
Marsha Fox – Preschool mom, Temple Ramat Zion

“KOLOT” Friday Night and Shabbat Morning is an award winning innovative program/service that involves the lively participation of young people and their families. With music and a unique approach to our liturgy, young people of all ages, have the opportunity to put into practice what they’re learning in Religious School. “KOLOT” is a community builder that brings shabbat and your temple alive by combining music with learning in an interactive, fun and spiritual main sanctuary service.

“The “KOLOT” service is a perfect way for children to put their classroom learning to practical use. It is an opportunity for families to pray together in an uplifting manner and with lots of ruach. I love attending the “KOLOT” service because it is exciting to see the upcoming generation take over leading the prayers with such confidence and energy! “KOLOT” has showed us that Judaism has a future.”
Lynn Bernheim – former Director, Temple Ramat Zion Religious School

For more information about these programs and services and how to bring them to your temple, CLICK HERE.