About Hazzan Larry Goller


Hazzan Larry Goller graduated from the Cantors Institute (now the H.L. Miller Cantorial School) of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, receiving a diploma in Hazzanut and a Masters degree in Sacred Music, as well as a Masters degree in Jewish Education from the Seminary's Graduate School. Hazzan Goller was born in Brooklyn and attended yeshivot and day schools in Brooklyn and the Bronx. His undergraduate years were spent at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.

Hazzan Goller has had an extensive full-time cantorial career, plus diverse, professional experience outside the Jewish world. He spent 17 years as Cantor at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, a flagship Conservative synagogue in the Chicago area. His major areas of focus have included teaching, especially synagogue skills, to a broad spectrum of synagogue membership, ages 8-80, and encouraging and supporting participation in synagogue services in a variety of ways. Previous pulpits have included Congregation Shaare Zedek in New York City and Congregation B'nai Israel in Millburn, NJ.

Before "hearing his call" to the Cantorate, Hazzan Goller worked in the corporate world as a computer analyst; his last position was as Assistant Vice-President at Prudential Securities on Wall Street. He was also active in UJA-Federation of New York and was Associate Chair of their Leadership Development Division. He has served as Cantor-in-Residence at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and an instructor at the annual North American Jewish Choral Festival in Kerhonksen, NY. Hazzan Goller recently completed a Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, and serves as chaplain for several hospitals in the Chicago area. He enjoys watching sports, playing tennis, skiing, reading, and cooking.

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