CANTOR ADAM DAVIS joined the Beth-El community on July 1, 2020, as our cantor.
Cantor Adam Davis enjoys connecting people of all ages to Jewish heritage through text, music and culture. He has served congregations in Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, California and the District of Columbia as a cantor and educator. He participated in a cohort of the URJ’s B’nai Mitzvah Revolution programs and has developed curricula and programs for pre- and post-B’nai Mitzvah students as well as adult learners. For several years, he worked with CJE-Seniorlife communities in his native Chicago. Yes, he is a Cubs fan.
Cantor Adam graduated from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Cantor Adam’s musical interests are eclectic. He has fronted rock, Middle Eastern and jazz ensembles, and has performed musical theater professionally. He enjoys discovering new contemporary melodies, old chazzanut, Mizrahi and Sephardi music, niggunim and new Jewish music fusing klezmer, reggae and even hip hop.
Prior to congregational work, Cantor Adam founded KFAR Jewish Arts Center, a leading voice for new Jewish culture in Chicago. He produced and presented hundreds of Jewish cultural, musical and spiritual experiences. He was named a Trailblazer by B’nai Brith Magazine in 2005. He has been featured in Washington Jewish Week, The Forward, Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Na’amat Magazine and Chicago Jewish News. He has presented at NewCAJE, Limmud and Hadesh conferences. He is a member of the American Conference of Cantors.