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Rabbi Frederick Reeves

Known foremost as a teacher of Torah, Rabbi Reeves brings a broad range of experience and intellect to his work as the spiritual leader of this great congregation. He believes that Jewish life should be open to all regardless of where on the Jewish path a person starts. He teaches that Jewish living, especially the celebration of Shabbat in a community, brings depth to life and enriches the spirit.
Equally likely to be found meeting at a cafe for a discussion, visiting someone at a hospital, counseling someone in need, or delving into the books in his study, Rabbi Reeves knows that each of these different moments is filled with its own spiritual character.
Prior to coming to KAM Isaiah Israel, Rabbi Reeves served as the Associate Rabbi of The Temple in Atlanta, Georgia. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Rabbi Reeves has a degree in French literature from the College of William & Mary. He earned an M.A. in Hebrew Letters and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Reeves has five children: Violet, Asher, Levi, Hazel, and Judah. He and his wife, Lauren, love living in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Cantor Berger received a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, an MA in Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and a Masters of Sacred Music and cantorial ordination at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music. Cantor Berger also earned a certificate in Jewish education at the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He currently serves on the board of the American Conference of Cantors as the chair for Continuing Professional Development. As a performer, Cantor Berger is especially known for his expertise in traditional Ashkenazic chazzanut (cantorial singing) as well as his knowledge of Jewish world music.
Cantor Berger previously served as the cantor of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah in New York City from 2005 to 2009 and then at Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah in Manhattan Beach, CA from 2009 to 2014. Cantor Berger frequently brings his sons, Matan and Avraham, to services at KAM Isaiah Israel. His husband, Rabbi D'ror Chankin-Gould, is the Assistant Rabbi at Anshe Emet Synagogue.
Visit to hear excerpts of Cantor Berger's music.
Mon, March 27 2023 5 Nisan 5783