Cantor Eddie RoffmanI grew up in Brooklyn, New York, in a home with strong Jewish roots. My mother sang Yiddish songs to me as a child and although my identification with Judaism has always been strong, worship and ritual observance were not major components in my upbringing. My discovery of the vitality of worship, and the comfort and healing that Jewish ritual offers, has constituted a major journey of my adult life.
Although I have been a folk musician for much of my life, after college graduation I developed a career in the computer and business world. In the early 1980’s I founded a computer training company called Computer Applications Learning Center. Over a 14 year period the company grew to be a major provider of computer training services to corporate customers in New York and New Jersey. After selling the company in the mid 1990’s, I began Cantorial studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion, in New York City. While studying, I served for 3 years as Cantor at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Colonia, NJ. After receiving ordination, I served for 5 years as Cantor at Congregation B’nai Israel in Basking Ridge, NJ. I am now extremely pleased and excited to be leading services with Rabbi Jack Kramer at Congregation Knesseth Israel.
I love teaching prayer, song, chant and the myriad facets of our Jewish tradition to adults and children. I envision my teaching to be similar to gardening. Some of the seeds that I plant will take root quickly, and some may not germinate or grow for many years. The process of my own personal development as a Cantor was influenced by seeds of Jewish learning that were planted in me as a child. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to develop and encourage appreciation of the immeasurable joy of Jewish worship within my congregation.
CONGREGATION KNESSETH ISRAEL
229 Mountain Avenue
Bound Brook, NJ