Cantor Aron Heller
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Cantor Heller's path to the Cantoriate can be attributed to the “Yiddishe Neshoma” imbued by his parents who emigrated to South Africa in the early 1900’s from Lithuania.
Having been surrounded by the sounds of Jewish music since an early age and the Shul grounds becoming a second home, he was accepted to the Adult choir at the age of 10 and through that connection developed a passion and love for Cantorial and Choral music. In the years prior to emigrating to the United States in 1997, Cantor Heller was a prominent member of the Johannesburg Jewish Male Choir, a collective group of local Synagogue Choirs numbering 60, that became world renowned through their travels to the United States, England, Scotland and Israel.
Cantor Heller has served as Cantor at the Jacksonville Jewish Center in Florida, Temple Beth El in Oakhurst New Jersey, and prior to joining the Freehold Jewish Center served at Temple Beth Sholom of Westbury for the past five years. In 2005 Cantor Heller received Rabbinical ordination by the Rabbinical Seminary International. He is also a member of the Jewish Ministers Cantors Association of America.
Having been inspired by Shlomo Carlebach and by mentor Cantor Sol Zim, Cantor Heller strives to bring together traditional davening with a variety of melodies and nigunim that are conducive to Congregational participation, in order to ensure that Services embrace the needs of all Congregants to a higher spiritual goal.
In addition to his Cantorial skills, Cantor Heller has definitive goals when it comes to teaching and outreach. Teaching Bar Mitzvah, he describes as a special privilege, inspired by the transformation and growth that take place in each student on their journey to their “Big Day”. However, as important, is his desire to encourage and make available to the adults of the Congregation the opportunities to read from Torah and to celebrate their Bar Mitzvah anniversary by chanting their Haftorah. In building a sense of community Cantor Heller has successfully initiated a number of Chavurah groups and has brought surrounding synagogues together in joint concert events.
Cantor Heller wishes to express his gratitude to the many special individuals who have been a support and/or inspiration in his endeavors, and with Hashem’s help seeks the blessing of being able to be part of the Freehold Jewish Center for many years to come.
Please feel free to contact Cantor Heller at firstname.lastname@example.org.