Cantor Lapin joined the clergy team at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple in July 2020. 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 the founder of Music at TBE, an annual concert series devoted to bringing Jewish and secular music to audiences in the Great Neck community. As part of the music series Cantor Lapin has collaborated with wide ranging artists including: Nava Tehila, Elana Arian, Nefesh Mountain, Gabrielle Stravelli, Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller, Alexandra Joan, Steve Sandberg, and many others. Cantor Lapin is an active member of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC); he joined the ACC Executive Board in 2019 serving as chair of their fundraising committee. An active recitalist, he has performed in sacred and secular music concerts throughout North America, Israel and Europe.
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. 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 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.
Cantor Lapin is the recipient of the Rabbi Jack Stern & Lawrence Hoffman Prize in Liturgy (2014), the Be Wise Fellowship (2013-2015), 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 was born in Belarus, and grew up in Philadelphia. He is married to Rabbi Elle Muhlbaum, and together they are the proud parents of Judah Lev.