Introducing High Holy Day Hazzan: Steven Bernstein

A lifetime Connecticut resident, Steven grew up in Windsor and attended the Bess & Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy in Bloomfield.  Steven developed the theater bug in high school and—while performing in such musicals as Bye Bye Birdie, Hello, Dolly!, and Anything Goes—was encouraged by his friends and family to pursue singing as—if not a professional occupation—at least an amateur avocation.  Steven attended Yeshiva University, where he majored in Judaic Studies, Speech & Drama, and English Literature. 

Following college, Steven’s passion for performance was placed on hold while he pursued a career in Library Science.  Steven received a Master’s in Library Science and a Professional Degree in Information Studies from Southern Connecticut State University.  He has worked as a Hebraic Catalog Librarian at Yale University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.  He currently serves as Associate Librarian for Cataloging and Metadata at Central Connecticut State University.

Steven has previously led Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services at Beth Sholom B’nai Israel in Manchester. He looks forward to serving as High Holiday Hazzan at Beth Jacob.

Steven is married to Ilana Bernstein (née Plavin) and together they have three sons: Yeshaiah, Moshe, and Ezra. They reside in West Hartford.


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