Cantor Vladimir Lapin joined the clergy team of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck in 2016. He leads weekly, holiday and lifecycle services, engages in adult Torah study, teaches b’nei mitzvah students, works with junior and adult choirs, offers continuing education lessons to children and adults, and lends pastoral support and care to the community. He received his cantorial ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music, from which he also holds a master’s degree in Sacred Music. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Temple University in Philadelphia and a graduate master’s diploma in Vocal Performance from The Mannes College of Music in New York City.
Cantor Lapin is an active member of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC). He was a featured presenter (21st Century Rituals) at the 2018 ACC National Convention; he has also participated in leading workshops at the annual North American Jewish Choral Festival (NAJCF). While a student, Cantor Lapin served as the cantorial intern at B’nai Jeshurun – Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, NJ. He has also served as the student cantor at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) in New York City during his cantorial studies. He completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at The Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, OH, where he worked in the mental health and the medi-surgery intensive care units. He has been a member of the religious school faculty at Temple Sha’aray Tefila and Rodeph Sholom in New York City. Additionally, he has spent several summers as the Director of the Nature Program (Teva) at URJ Camp Eisner in Great Barrington, MA. He continues to return to Camp Eisner annually as a faculty member.
At HUC-JIR, Cantor Lapin was the recipient of 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). Cantor Lapin regularly appears in concerts of both sacred and secular music throughout North America.