Monday, February 06, 2006

Think Before e-mailing - Case of Cantor Steven Joel Levin

I'm NOT trying to be the "moral police". I'm just confused by some of what I've been reading. Perhaps some of you can help me understand why Steven Levin is still an honored member of the Cantor Assembly?

Think Before e-mailing
A warning from the Jewish Independent (Vancouver, Britsh Columbia, Canada) (

There was also a message from Mark Gurvis, who is the executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, "In the Spirit of Yom Kipur".

I have one question for everyone, should we be advocating to protect a spiritual leader who has sexual relations with married women?

I personally believe that both rabbis and cantors are seen as representatives of Hashem. If these individuals are allowed to behave this way, does it mean it's ok for the rest of us too?

Bylaws of the Cantors Assembly, Inc.

II. Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to promote and advance the traditions of Jewish religious worship; to maintain the highest standards among Hazzanim as clergy and to provide for their commissioning as Hazzan-Minister; to preserve and enlarge the liturgical and sacred musical heritage of the Jewish people; to advance the cause of Jewish learning and Jewish music; to promote the welfare of the members; to foster collegiality and cooperation among all engaged in the sacred calling of Hazzanut; and to act in concert with the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Rabbinical Assembly, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and other arms of the Conservative movement.
Why did Cantor Steven Levin loose his position at Beth Israel synagogue in Vancouver?

Why is Cantor Steven Levin still an honorable member of the Cantor Assembly?

Why did the Cantor Assembly decide to do what they could to help Levin to find a new position, even though he was fired for behavior unbecoming of a cantor (professional sexual misconduct)?

Could this be The Cantor's Assembly response to this case?

Cantor Steven Levin is currently employed by Burquest Jewish Community and the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of White Rock, British Columbia.

Does the Cantor Assembly have other members of their organization that we should be concerned about?

Cantor Assembly
Steven Stoehr, President (847) 498-4100


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this really sexual abuse? People have affairs all the time. Why are you making such a big issue about this. Even Cantors are human.

February 08, 2006 9:02 AM  
Anonymous deborah zalkowsky said...

Interesting comment by the previous anonymous “Even cantors are human” So what this person thinks is that it is al right to brake a few of the Ten Commandments and then continue to teach children to obey them. This person thinks it is fine for a cleric to be a hypocrite!
On top of that, this cantor has being accused by his own son of abusing him. And then we complain how the Christian church has protected their priests on charges of sexual abuse.

February 18, 2006 7:15 PM  

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