Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham
Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham joined Congregation Agudas Achim as our Senior Rabbi in July of 2014 marking a truly joyous milestone in our congregation’s 125 year history. With his unmatched enthusiasm, creative programming and experience, Rabbi Abraham is an expert on the changing needs of the Jewish community and engaging those seeking a new and deeper connection to Judaism.
Rabbi Abraham previously served as senior rabbi at Congregation Sons of Israel in Nyack, New York, right outside of Manhattan for three years where he received dozens of awards for his work in revitalizing and growing his synagogue. Rabbi Abraham was also a contestant on The American Bible Challenge game show with Jeff Foxworthy.
Rabbi Abraham earned his rabbinic ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Previous to this, he received a Masters in Jewish Education as well as a double bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Letters with a minor in Political Science at the University of Judaism (now known as American Jewish University). He is trained as a community organizer with JOIN for Justice, is a Professional Affiliate with the Jewish Outreach Institute and has worked on a number of Keruv initiatives to reach out to interfaith families.
Rabbi Abraham and his wife, Lauren (also a Master Jewish Educator), are committed to life-long Jewish learning and together with their two young sons bring a fresh energy and vibrancy to our synagogue.
Hazzan Jeremy Lipton
Hazzan Jeremy Lipton has been a member of the Clergy team at Congregation Agudas Achim in San Antonio since 2008, when he brought his many years of expertise, enthusiasm and experience as an educator, pulpit artist, conductor and performer. Before he assumed his pulpit as Cantor at Agudas Achim, Hazzan Lipton served as the Senior Cantor of Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, California from 1991 until 2008. Hazzan Lipton received his Hazzan-Minister Commission from the Cantors Assembly of the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York in 1991. Since joining the Cantors Assembly in 1989, he has remained extremely active, holding numerous leadership positions on both regional and international levels, including Secretary on the Executive Board (a position he currently holds), Chair of the Cantors Assembly Western Region, Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee and Chair of the Education Committee. As the Coordinator and founding Faculty member (1991) of the highly successful Baal Tefillah Institute (a joint project of the Cantors Assembly and American Jewish University), a comprehensive training program in liturgy for lay people, Hazzan Lipton has trained hundreds of lay and professional leaders in cantillation and nusach hat fillah for the entire liturgical year. He has also held academic posts as Professor of Liturgical Studies at the Cantorial School of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, as well as Adjunct Lecturer in Nusach and Liturgy at the American Jewish Universityâ€™s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Hazzan Lipton holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music Degrees in Music/Vocal Performance; other areas of specialty include choral conducting, music history and opera. Hazzan Lipton’s multi-faceted background encompasses an array of teaching experiences, including those in a number of colleges and universities throughout the southern California area, where he has taught Voice, Choral Conducting and Opera. Hazzan Lipton is nationally renowned as a private voice teacher and master teacher/coach for a number of Hazzanim across the United States. He is also in demand as a guest Lecturer on a variety of directed topics in Jewish music and liturgy; he has recently presented lectures and seminars at the Skirball Cultural Center, American Jewish University, the UCLA School of Music and Texas Lutheran University. As a performer, Hazzan Lipton has concertized frequently, having appeared in countless Cantorial concerts, and in opera, oratorio and recital. Over the past twenty-one years he has successfully produced the outstanding annual Cantorial Concert Series both at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles and more recently at Congregation Agudas Achim in San Antonio. He has also served as the Music Director of the Cantors Assembly Western Regional Concert Ensemble. Hazzan Lipton was a founding member of the Los Angeles Jewish Youth Chorale, and he twice toured as soloist to Zimriah, Israel’s international music festival. His television and film credits include EMI’s The Jazz Singer and ABC Circle Films War and Remembrance. His acclaimed Kol Nidre Service Radio Broadcast was heard annually on Los Angeles radio station KJAZ as a public service to those unable to attend synagogue services during the High Holidays. Los Angeles radio listeners may also remember his voice as producer/host of “Vocal Point,” a weekly classical vocal music program carried by a Los Angeles National Public Radio affiliate. Hazzan Lipton, his wife Kay, a noted Musicologist, and their two wonderful sons, Jonathan and Adam, are delighted to call San Antonio, and most especially, Congregation Agudas Achim, their home!