Cantor Josh Goldberg joins Congregation Micah as a full-time member of the clergy beginning July, 2022.
We are thrilled to announce that Josh Goldberg will become the Cantor of Congregation Micah on July 1, 2022. He will join Rabbis Philip (Flip) & Laurie Rice as a full-time member of the clergy team.
The search committee received many applications over the last several months and conducted several interviews for this important position. Search Committee Chair Rich Abelson shared, “Our goal was to discover the person who would be the right fit for Congregation Micah’s culture – to come upon that one person to fill our place of worship as uniquely and beautifully as Ms. Lisa Silver has these past twenty years. That person was not to replicate her work and talent but to build on the grace and spirituality she infused with every prayer and song and use that foundation to create and define their own place here at Micah. The expectations were high – aspiring for this next generation of musical programming to guide the Micah adult, child, and families through services and all life cycle events. With so much on the line, the committee, with confidence, has chosen Cantor Goldberg to step into the role of cantor and provide the congregation with a presence that we all will recognize, as well as leading us into new places through his passion for Jewish music and prayer.”
“We are so excited to welcome Cantor Goldberg to the clergy team at Micah. His soul-filled music moves kids and adults alike, and he is sure to build upon the tradition of musical excellence and innovation we have come to expect and remains such a large part of our identity. Cantor Goldberg will no doubt enrich Nashville’s Jewish music program,” said Rabbis Laurie and Flip Rice.
Cantor Goldberg is currently based in Los Angeles where he has worked at Stephen Wise Temple since 2020. He graduated with a BA in Popular Music from University of Southern California’s renowned Thornton School of Music before attending The Academy for Jewish Religion in California for his cantorial studies. Josh was born and raised in Dallas, Texas at Temple Emanu-El where Senior Rabbi David Stern shared, “His music is a window into his soul, providing an opening invitation to ours. What a blessing to the Jewish community that his vision and gifts continue at Congregation Micah.” Additionally, Cantor Goldberg is an accomplished songwriter and performer including touring collaborations with Grammy-award winner Macy Gray, and Jewish musicians Craig Taubman, Rick Recht, and Mikey Pauker. His music has been published in multiple volumes by Transcontinental Music Publications and has been performed by others at the White House as well as at synagogues, summer camps and youth conventions throughout the United States. Goldberg also founded his record label and production company, Kosher Style Records, which has helped dozens of other Jewish artists around the country develop and grow their careers.
“I look forward to joining the Congregation Micah family, which I already feel has welcomed me in with open arms! I hope to bring my experience and passion for engaging people of all ages and utilizing sacred music as a powerful tool for community building and disseminating the beauty and wisdom of our tradition,” says Goldberg, who is thrilled to move to Nashville with his wife Andrea this summer and bring his unique style of spiritual leadership to Micah.
Dr. Howard Baum, Board President of Congregation Micah agrees, “We are excited for the entire Nashville community to benefit from all that Cantor Goldberg brings musically and spiritually. We look forward most to watching the connections he will foster and nurture amongst our entire Micah and larger Nashville community.”
Lisa Silver, Micah’s talented and cherished Cantorial Soloist for over 20 years, announced her retirement in 2021. The congregation has plans to honor Ms. Silver at a tribute concert and celebration this spring for all of her many talents and contributions of love, spirit, and music that she has brought to Micah over the years. She leaves an indelible mark on the community.