vibrant, inclusive and community-centered

Cantor Ken Richmond

Cantor Ken Richmond joined the Temple Israel family in the summer of 2006.  He graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School in 2004, a receipient of a Wexner Graduate Fellowship. As Cantor (Hazzan) and Family Educator, he enjoys leading the congregation in participatory prayer and teaching and learning with nursery school students, religious school and day school students and their families, and adults of all ages. He hopes to share his love of yiddishkayt, Jewish learning, mitzvot, and shabbat and holidays with the community.  Ken was a member of the Rabbinical Assembly Mahzor Committee which worked on the Lev Shalem Mazhor. He invites you to download and share mp3s from Music of TI, including Torah and Haftarah trope, and songs and prayers for shabbat and holidays.  He founded and played klezmer violin with the Yale Klezmer band, Klezmaniacs, di bostoner klezmer, and "Fish Street Klezmer" his duet with his lovely and talented wife, Rabbi Shira Shazeer. Ken and Shira are raising their children in a Yiddish speaking household.  Ken enjoys biking, hiking, and swimming when he gets the chance.  In 2015, Cantor Ken was chosen by the Jewish Daily Forward as one of 21 Jewish Voices That Move Us, as part of their "Soundtrack of Our Spirit" series-- here is his page.  Click here to email Cantor Richmond.


2017, March 11: Tetzaveh/Zachor: Listening to Darth Vader, the Good Guy

2017, February 4: Bo-- 'Round Midnight; Balancing Justice & Love Regarding the Executive Order on Immigration

2016, November 16, Vayera: What Would Abraham Do?

2016, February 23: The Levites, the Golden Calf, & Jewish Disabilities and Inclusion Month

2016, February 20: Tetzaveh: Clothing, Joy, & Constancy: by Rabbi Shira Shazeer

2016, February 13: Constructive Conflict and the 9th of Adar

2016, February 6: Mishpatim: Who is the Stranger? What We Can Learn from the Strange Story of Csanad Szegedi

2016, January 30, Yitro, from Rabbi Shira Shazeer: Beans, Rice, & Revelation

2016, January 16: Bo: How We Treat the Stranger: Reflections on Donald Trump Rallies and My Visit to the Local Mosque (being edited)

2016, January 9: Is Patience a Virtue? What can Marc Gafni, Jonathan Rosenblatt, & Bill Cosby Teach us About Va'eira?


2015, January 3: Vayechi-- on Disabilities and Inclusion  


videos from our celebration of cantor ken's 10th year at TI

Welcome by Stuart Alford, President

Havdalah Songs by Cantor Ken Richmond & Rabbi Shira Shazeer

Shehecheyanu and Remarks Hazzan Robert Scherr

Tribute by Rabbi Harold Kushner

The Temple Israel of Natick Singers, directed by Alan Nelson

Klezmer Music by Hankus Netsky, Ilene Stahl, & Kirsten Lamb 

In Cheder and Remarks Rav Hazzan Scott Sokol

Ashrei Hagafrur Lisa Avery-Peck

Yidl Mitn Fidl and Zol Zayn Cantor Heather Batchelor

Tribute/Remarks Rabbi Dan Liben and Cantor Ken Richmond

Hopkele Zalmen & Velvel Richmond-Shazeer (and here's from another angle)

Festive Klezmer Music by Hankus Netsky, Ilene Stahl, & Kirsten Lamb




Here is the Cantors Assembly "Sacred Sounds" Hanukkah edition 2015, which includes an article by Cantor Ken.