CANTOR VLADIMIR LAPIN joined the Temple Beth-El clergy team in July 2016.
He received his cantorial ordination from the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), from which he also holds the degree of Master of Sacred Music. Additionally, he received his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a Graduate Studies Diploma in Vocal Performance from The New School’s Mannes College of Music in New York City.
While a student at HUC-JIR, Cantor Lapin served as Cantorial Intern at B'nei Jeshurun-Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, where he had the opportunity to lead weekly, holiday, and lifecycle services, teach b'nei mitzvah students, work with junior and adult choirs, and offer continuing education lessons to children and adults. He has also worked as the Student Cantor at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City where he helped craft monthly Kabbalat Shabbat services and special performances. Recently, he completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at The Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati where he offered chaplaincy support in the mental health and the surgery intensive care units. He has served on the religious school faculty at Temple Shaaray Tefila and Rodeph Sholom in New York City. Additionally, he has spent two summers as the Director of the Nature Program (Teva) at URJ Eisner Camp.
Cantor Lapin is the recipient of the Rabbi Jack Stern & Lawrence Hoffman Prize in Liturgy (2014), the Be Wise Fellowship (2013-2016), the Rabbi Sarah Messinger Prize (2014), the Yiddish Song Prize (2014), the Lutwak Memorial Cantorial Prize (2013) and the Levenstein Prize in Human Relations (2015). His 2016 cantorial thesis, entitled “It Takes Two: The Jews and the Argentinian Tango,” chronicles the development of the tango through the Jewish artists that were at the forefront of its creation.
Cantor Lapin is married to TBE's Assistant Rabbi, Elle Muhlbaum.