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Cantorial Soloist Todd Herzog

Todd Herzog came to Temple Solel in January 2008, following an amazing education and earlier music career. He earned a double Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Tufts University and in Jazz Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music. He was the concertmaster and first violin in a community orchestra and sang in a rock band while still in high school, and went on to sing with the renowned Tufts a cappella group, the Beelzebubs. Through his work with students at New Community Jewish Day School in Los Angeles, he began writing Jewish music and exploring life and spirituality through a Jewish lens. His music has received both critical and public acclaim, and has been placed in many film and television projects. His Bridging the Gap recording won Best Jewish Album in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards. Todd’s children’s album, Everyday Blessings, was chosen by the PJ Library to be distributed to 7500 families across the country. Todd is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, piano, violin, bass, and saxophone as well as singing. He enjoys working with children. At Temple Solel, this includes song sessions and Shabbats with our Preschool students, and with the older Religious School students, he just launched The Tribe, our group of 5th-12th grade musicians who participate in weekly t’fillah services and monthly family Shabbats. In addition to his work at Solel, Todd travels the country doing concerts, services, and Artist-in-Residence weekends. He has recently begun his studies to become ordained as a rabbi. He was fortunate enough to marry his best friend, Kerry. They live in Phoenix and share their lives with their blended family of two sons and two daughters.