Cantor Brian Reich

Director of Religious Education

Cantor Brian Reich is a fifth-generation Cantor.  He shares this distinction with his siblings, Cantor Barry Reich and Cantor Linda Rich-Freed. Linda’s daughter, Rachel, is a sixth-generation Cantor in Southern California.

Cantor Reich studied Chazzanut with his father before continuing his education at The University of Judaism in Los Angeles.  He earned degrees from the Jewish Theological Society and the Cantors Assembly. Committed to the concept of life-long learning, Cantor Reich has also  studied music at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco and holds a business degree from San Francisco State University.

Cantor Reich really began his career here at Temple Israel in Alameda, when he served here from 1984-1988.  Since that time, he has served the Jewish community in a variety of ways.  He served Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, where he trained more than 1,000 children for Bar/Bat Mitzvah, created a flourishing adult program and was responsible for the upper grade program and curriculum.  He also served for eight years as program director. Cantor Reich served Congregation Bet Haverim in Davis, California, while their rabbi was on sabbatical.  More recently, Cantor Reich was a Scholar in Residence and Spiritual Leader at Beit Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland.

Cantor Reich has been very much involved in the development of curriculum for all Hebrew School grades at Temple Israel, with a particular emphasis on Bar/Bat Mitzvah age children using his own curriculum, Trope for Teens.  In November of 2011, Cantor Reich completed his CD, “Yismechu- Rejoice,”  a work of his own contemporary/Chassidic compositions of prayers from the Shabbat service.

Cantor Reich resides on the Richmond Marina in the East Bay with his wife, Orly. Together they enjoy sailing and traveling around the world to see  Israeli folk dancing. Brian and Orly have five children, as well as one grandson, Jameson, and a granddaughter, Amelia Rose.  

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