Cantor Jonathan Friedmann, PhD
My involvement with Bet Knesset Bamidbar began in the spring of 2005. The congregation was looking for a cantor to join Rabbi Hershel Brooks and the BKB Choir two Fridays per month, plus High Holidays. I was a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), and the long commute was a daunting proposition. Plus, the headshot I sent with my audition CD, featuring my twenty-four-year-old baby-face, didn’t win over the search committee of the mostly senior congregation. My prospects of getting the job seemed slim. However, at the urging of my cantorial mentors, I was granted an unlikely audition.
Now, almost eleven years later, I’m returning to the pulpit that launched my cantorial career. My role is a little different. I’m now Kol Bo: I lead the speaking and the singing. I’ve changed quite a bit as well. I was married at BKB on the Friday afternoon before my second official service; my wife and I now have two beautiful children. I’ve earned an M.A. in Religious Studies from CSULB, a Master of Jewish Sacred Music and Ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJRCA), and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from North-West University (South Africa). I’m currently Professor of Jewish Music History at AJRCA in Los Angeles—I’m still a commuter—and I’ve published sixteen scholarly books on sacred music and general musicology. I’ve also managed to stay active as an instrumentalist (cello and mandolin) and composer/arranger.
I'm thrilled to be reconnecting with my BKB family, and look forward to our bright future together. I'm eager to apply my skills and experiences to our services and to help steer our collective energy to exciting new heights.
Our Temple Professionals
Choir Director Timothy Cooper
Timothy Cooper has been renowned throughout the Las Vegas music scene for more than 40 years, having performed as a keyboardist, composer and conductor for numerous shows from The Strip to Spring Mountain Ranch. He has created and produced the original scores for The Aladdin’s Abracadabra, The Luxor’s Winds of the Gods and the Excalibur’s King Arthur’s Tournament, where his music has been enjoyed by over twenty million people.
Mr. Cooper received his Bachelors degree from the State University of New York and University of Pisa, Italy, and his Masters Degree in Concert Organ Performance from the University of Colorado. He enjoys performing as a concert organist within our local community of churches and was selected to compose the Roman Catholic Mass for the installation of The Diocese of Las Vegas. In addition to serving as Choir Master for Bet Knesset Bamidbar, Tim also enjoys performing as accompanist for P’Nai Tikvah and the Sun City Silvertones.
Though he keeps a busy production schedule in his studio, Tim still finds time to enjoy foreign travel, astronomy and four-wheeling throughout the Sierras, the Mojave Desert and Nevada’s Great Basin.