Steven has served dozens of Jewish communities and organizations in the Chicago area and the Midwest as a songleader, cantorial soloist, accompanist, music teacher and more. From adult and teen retreats to early childhood classrooms and young family programs, Steven loves creating music with all types of people in all settings, including congregations, camps, JCCs and private simchas.
Steven began songleading during his summers at URJ’s Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, but his love for Jewish music and communal singing can be traced back to his years growing up at Congregation BJBE and to even his time at Moriah Congregation’s pre-school.
After honing his skills as a songleader/counselor at OSRUI in 2006 and 2007, Steven led religious school music and several Friday night services at Congregation Beth Shalom in Columbia, Missouri while he studied journalism at the University of Missouri.
Upon returning to Chicago, Steven worked extensively with Congregation Beth Am in Buffalo Grove as a songleader, Sunday school music teacher and youth group advisor while building relationships with other Chicago area synagogues. He has also worked as an early childhood music specialist for JCC Chicago, bringing music to classrooms and family programs and building his skill set for working with young children and their families.
Steven is an eight-time attendee of the Hava Nashira songleading and Jewish music workshop and has participated in Songleader Boot Camp Chicago regional and national conferences. He has also attended the Hadar and Rising Song Institute’s Singing Communities Intensive.
Currently, Steven works full time in the Marketing/Communication department of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago while continuing to find new outlets for his passion for Jewish music and its ability to strengthen Jewish community.
Steven has had the pleasure of working with many synagogues and Jewish organization during his career, and the list is ever-growing:
Am Shalom – Glencoe, IL
Beth Emet the Free Synagogue – Evanston, IL
Beth Hillel Temple – Kenosha, WI
Congregation Beth Am – Buffalo Grove, IL
Congregation Beth Shalom – Columbia, MO
Congregation BJBE – Deerfield, IL
Congregation Or Shalom – Vernon Hills, IL
Congregation Rodfei Zedek – Hyde Park, IL
Congregation Sukkat Shalom- Wilmette, IL
Lakeside Congregation – Highland Park, IL
Temple Beth-El – Rockford, IL
Temple Chai – Long Grove, IL
Temple Jeremiah – Northfield, IL
Temple Sholom – Chicago, IL
B’nai B’rith Beber Camp
Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago
NFTY – North American Federation of Temple Youth (Chicago region)
Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (URJ Camp)
PJ Library Chicago
Silverstein Base Hillel