Cantor Joshua Finkel, Spiritual Leader
Cantor Josh Finkel "came home" to become the spiritual leader of Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community in July 2017. Heis a St. Louis native (Parkway North High School) and is thrilled to bring his family to his hometown to do what he loves -- create vibrant and meaningful worship experiences through prayer and song, teach, provide comfort and guidance to congregants in times of need, and to share special milestones in their lives.
Josh earned his Master of Sacred Music degree and received his cantorial ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music in 2014. He is an award-winning composer of worship music. In 2015 he was named one of the Jewish Daily Forward's "21 Jewish Voices That Move Us."
Prior to joining Shir Hadash, Cantor Josh served congregations in New Jersey and Ohio.
The Reconstructionist approach to God and Torah occupies a deep place in his heart. At Shir Hadash, "our commitment to exploring our Jewishness, our souls, our traditions, and our ethical responsibilities to the world is expressed warmly and thoughtfully each time we gather."
Cantor Josh and his spouse, Emily Barth, are the proud parents of Sophie and Jakob.
Read a special in-depth profile of Cantor Josh written by journalist and Shir Hadash member Charles Klotzer.
Contact Cantor Finkel by email.
Rabbi Lane Steinger, Emeritus
Rabbi Emeritus Lane Steinger has served Shir Hadash Reconstructionist Community since 2009. Upon his "retirement" in June 2016, he was named Rabbi Emeritus and continues to be an integral part of our community, leading monthly TaNak/Bible Study and First Shabbat Dinner discussions and assisting with our pastoral and life cycle needs.
Also born and raised in St. Louis, Rabbi Lane earned a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters and Rabbinic Ordination from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1998, he was awarded the Doctor of Divinity honoris causa from HUC-JIR.
Rabbi Steinger and his wife Linda are the proud parents of Shira Kahan, Daina and Andrew Borteck, and Rafi Steinger, and the even prouder grandparents of Ethan and Marisa Borteck, and Naomi and Leora Kahan.
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