HaZamir North Jersey

Conductor: Cantor Joel Caplan

Coordinator(s): Sherri London, Ed Finkel

Teen Leader(s): Matthew Gonzalez

Contact Email: jcaplan@agudath.org

Contact Phone: (973) 432-1454

Rehearsal Day: Sunday

Rehearsal Location: Congregation Agudath Israel

Address: 20 Academy Road, Caldwell

Conductor Bio:

Cantor Joel Caplan grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, and has been the Cantor of Congregation Agudath Israel in Caldwell since 1982. In addition to conducting HaZamir NJ, he also leads three other choirs at Agudath Israel for children and adults, and has served as the conductor of the New Jersey Cantors Concert Ensemble and co-conductor of the Kol Dodi Community Choir. He has made choral arrangements of over one hundred Jewish songs, sang with the Zamir Chorale in New York, and has toured Europe and America as part of the Zamir Chorale of Boston. He has been sent by Jewish groups to teach refuseniks in Moscow, and to Israel to raise morale during the Iraqi Scud attacks. Cantor Caplan served for years on the staff of Camp Ramah and on the staff of the North American Jewish Choral Festival, and since 1994 he has been an instructor at the Jewish Theological Seminary's H.L. Miller Cantorial School in New York. He and his wife, Nancy, are the proud parents of Ilan, Simona and Tamar, all of whom sang with HaZamir.