Cantor Pinchas Levinson was born and raised in Mea Shearim, Israel. Both his father and grandfather served as Hazanim, so it seemed natural to Cantor Levinson to follow the family tradition. He trained privately in Israel and led congregations there before taking on a position in Durban, South Africa in 1973. Three years later, he moved to a Young Israel congregation in Brooklyn, New York. He then joined Machzikei Hadas in 1979 and has been our cantor since. Over his decades of service here, he has trained hundreds of Bar Mitzvah boys. His powerful tenor voice has added a real ruach (spirit) to our Shabbat and High Holiday services.
Our Hazan Shaynee, Shimon Fogel, is a most personable and engaging person. His most usual "task" (but for him, a pleasure) is to read the Torah on Shabbat, Yom Tov, and other occasions. But he is always there to pitch in when the Hazan is away; to give the afternoon study class on Shabbat when the rabbi is away; and provide help as needed.