Sacred Music Director – Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks

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Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks is our Sacred Music Director. He leads services the third Friday and second Saturday Shabbat, leads the B’Nei Mitzvah program,and teaches meditation and leads the High Holy Days choir.
Inspired by Martin Buber’s writing while procrastinating from piano practice at High School Jazz camp, Brian Yosef began a quest for finding the inner truths of Judaism, beyond dogmas and tradition. Finding that Truth ironically led him back to tradition.

Read Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks' blog posts here.

Read Reb Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks’ blog posts here.

He holds a Bachelor in Music from Eastman and received s’mikha from Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi as Minister of Sacred Music and as Jewish meditation teacher from Chochmat HaLev. His band, Captain Zohar, plays original Jewish devotional and concert music. He lives in Oakland with wife Lisa and two children, to whom he owes constant gratitude for keeping him far from cheap, egocentric substitutes for G-d.