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David Shukiar

David ShukiarDAVID SHUKIAR (1973 – ) is a magna cum laude graduate of UCLA, where he developed both his vocal and musical composition skills. He currently serves as cantor at Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He is the composer of several musicals and also is music director for Anita Mann Productions and Golden Performing Arts.

The Guild of Temple Musicians twice has selected Cantor Shukiar as the best young composer (most recently in 2000); only three other composers have been so honored during the 20 years that the international award has been granted. In 2010 Cantor Shukiar was appointed chairman of the award program, taking over for retiring chairman and program founder Dr. Ben Steinberg.

Cantor Shukiar’s music is published by Transcontinental Music Publications and can be heard in concert halls and synagogues around the country. He often has visited communities as a composer-in-residence and has enjoyed compositional commissions from synagogues all over the world. He also writes for the stage. One of his many musicals is Benjamin and Judah, a modern play based on the Chanukah story. Benjamin and Judah has enjoyed productions in New York, Los Angeles and San Diego.

At TAE, Cantor Shukiar oversees and facilitates all aspects of the synagogue’s music program. He works directly with the Junior Choir, giving children an outlet to explore Jewish music on a personal level. The choir is not only a fixture at their monthly Family Shabbat Celebrations, but they also enhance the celebrations of Chanukah and Pesach at local retirement communities. In addition, Cantor Shukiar works directly with TAE’s Adult Choir and the Band of Milk and Honey to help enhance spiritual experiences through music. He also teaches in TAE’s religious school and oversees the b’nei mitzvah program, working with each candidate not only to master the Torah, haftarah and liturgy but also to gain a deeper personal understanding of Jewish traditions and writings.

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