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Cantor Elihu Feldman
From the time he was a boy, Cantor Elihu Feldman loved cantorial music. He began formal voice training when he was very young under the guidance of an operatic coach.
His cantorial experiences have been varied. At age 17 he performed High Holiday services at a synagogue in Kew Gardens, Queens, New York. He was the cantor of the Hillcrest Jewish Center, also in Queens, which has a congregation of over a thousand families. Cantor Feldman was with the Conservative Synagogue of Riverdale, New York, where the current chancellor and past chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary were congregants. He has served as Cantor of B'nai Shalom, the Jewish Center of West Orange, for the past 22 years. The cantor also performed Passover services for the United States Marine Corps in Son Juan, Puerto Rico, in the main synagogue in Rome and in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Cantor Feldman is learned in his professions. He has a Cantorial diploma from the Belz Cantorial School of Yeshiva University. Cantor Feldman also received a Bachelor of Arts from Yeshiva College and Rabbinic Ordination from its Rabbinical School. He has two Masters Degrees and a Doctorate from Columbia University in special education.
When not performing his cantorial duties at B'nai Shalom, he is currently assigned to the Chancellor's Office of the New York City Board of Education in the Office of Monitoring and School Improvement. It is here where he has responsibility for the special education programs in the Borough of Manhattan.
He has served the needs of special children for many years. He has been a member of Central Headquarters staff at the New York City Board of Education for fifteen years. Prior to this he was the Executive Director of the Eden II Institute for Autistic Children in Staten Island, and the Director of Children's Programs at the Rockland County Association for the Help of Retarded Children and the Bergen-Passaic Unit of the Association for Retarded Children. He also served as project director of the Research Foundation for the City College of New York that provided curriculum for the Television Children's Workshop, producers of Sesame Street.
Last year he was honored by the Chancellor's Office as one of the outstanding administrators in the Board of Education. The cantor has served on several Commissioner's Task Forces and has been a guest or Gracy Mansion at the invitation of Mayor Edward Koch.
The cantor has been married for 27 years to the lovely Marcia Weiss and has three terrific children, Saul, 26, Alexander, 19, and Vivian, 11, and a daughter-in-law Leah. The cantor has a grandchild whose name is Esther.