Rabbi Zev Sonnenstein has taken an active role in Jewish spiritual life since 1972, when his mentor Cantor George Weinflash z”l, recruited him to join the temple choir, at Temple Beth-El, Spring Valley, NY. From that point on, he knew he must become a Cantor/Rabbi.
Zev graduated from Rockland Community College with an Associates Degree in liberal arts, and continued his studies receiving a Bachelor of Arts in music and Voice Performance from The State University of New York, New Paltz campus. Upon graduation, Zev moved to Israel and completed his first year of Cantorial school at The Hebrew Union College- School of Scared Music, Jerusalem Campus. When returning stateside, he continued his Cantorial studies at The Jewish Theological Seminary, NY, and The Academy for Jewish Religion.
Rabbi Zev has studied privately with Hazzan Jeffrey Shiovitz, and Hazzan David Sislen in preparation for full entrance into The Cantors Assembly. Rabbi Zev also finished his rabbinic studies and became an ordained Rabbi this January. He is an active member of the Guild of temple musicians, Cantors Assembly and American Conference of Cantors. He has been very active in the community, served as President of the Halifax Ministerial Assoc. (HAMA) for 2 terms, lead a team of volunteers at Bridge of
Hope soup kitchen in Daytona Beach, and volunteers to lead programs at local nursing homes.
Zev Sonnenstein has served as Cantor-Spiritual leader for: The Jewish Congregation of Kinnelon, NJ; Reform Temple of Putnam Valley, NY; Jewish Home and Hospital, NY; The Reform Temple of Suffern-Shir Shalom, NY; Ramapo Manor Nursing Home, NY; Temple Beth-El, NJ; and finished his
eighth year serving as the Cantor of Temple Beth-El, Ormond Beach, Fl, before becoming the Cantor-Spiritual Leader of Temple Beth Shalom at Palm Coast, Fl, August 2013.
He has a passion for collecting Talitot, yadayim, and havdalah spice boxes.