Cantor, Congregation B'nai Jacob
Malachi Kanfer is the Cantor at Congregation B’nai Jacob in New Haven, Connecticut, a position he has held since 2013. He also serves as the Education Director for Yahad, the newly-formed joint Hebrew School of Congregation B'nai Jacob and Congregation Or Shalom. Further, Malachi founded and directs the New Haven chapter of Hazamir, the international Jewish teen choir. He is particularly proud of his pastoral work in the community, as well as his educational work for both children and adults. Malachi also directs synagogue choirs and instrumental ensembles, officiates at life-cycle events, and concertizes. Malachi loves B'nai Jacob's spiritual and meditative "Shir Chadash" service, founded by Rabbi Shapiro, David Frankin and Malachi. In Fall 2016, B’nai Jacob released “The Music of Congregation B’nai Jacob with Cantor Malachi Kanfer,” a professionally recorded album feauturing many community members.
Previously, Malachi served as the High Holidays Hazzan at Congregation Agudas Achim in Columbus, Ohio from 2010 - 2013. He graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and received numerous awards from the school, including the Cantor’s Assembly Alumni Award, the Rose S. Rovine Prize in Liturgical Music, and the A.J. Weisgal Award. Malachi graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he performed many operatic roles in both Oberlin and in Italy. He lives in New Haven, CT with his beloved dogs, James and Avigayil.