CANTOR VLADIMIR LAPIN joined the Temple Beth-El clergy team in July 2016.
Cantor Lapin was born in Gomel, Belarus (former Soviet Union) and immigrated to the United States in 1989 with his family. He was raised in Philadelphia and attended JCC Camp Levitties for many summers, which laid the foundation for his love of Judaism and music. He received his bachelor's degree in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising from Temple University in Philadelphia and a master's degree in Vocal Performance from the New School's Mannes College of Music in New York City. He holds the degree of Master of Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).
While at HUC-JIR, Cantor Lapin served as Cantorial Intern at B'nei Jeshurun-Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, where he had the opportunity to lead weekly, holiday, and lifecycle services, teach b'nai mitzvah students, work with junior and adult choirs, and offer continuing education lessons to children and adults. He has also served as the Student Cantor at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City where he helped craft monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services and special performances. In the summer of 2014, Vladimir completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at The Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati where he offered chaplaincy support in the mental health and the surgery intensive care units. He has served on the religious school faculty at Temple Shaaray Tefila and Rodeph Sholom in New York City. Additionally, he has spent two summers as the Director of the Nature Program (Teva) at URJ Eisner Camp..
At HUC-JIR, Vladimir received the Rabbi Jack Stern & Lawrence Hoffman Prize in Liturgy (2014), the Be Wise Fellowship (2013-2016), the Rabbi Sarah Messinger Prize (2014), the Yiddish Song Prize (2014), the Lutwak Memorial Cantorial Prize (2013) and the Levenstein Prize in Human Relations (2015). His 2016 cantorial thesis, entitled “It Takes Two: The Jews and the Argentinian Tango,” chronicles the development of the tango as dance, music and poetry through the Jewish musical lens.
Cantor Lapin and TBE's Assistant Rabbi, Elle Muhlbaum, met in the first year of their seminary studies in Israel, and they were married four years later.
Visit the Temple Beth-El SoundCloud page to hear audio recordings from Cantor Lapin.