Congregation Kol Ami

Our Cantor

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Cantor Loeb has been in the Cantorate for over 32 years. He was the youngest graduate ever from the Cantor's Institute at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He continued graduate study at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Ethnomusicology and received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University.

Using his background in Jewish music and anthropology, he studied the music and culture of the Jews of Iran. Based on that study, he published a book titled, 'Outcaste: The Jews of Southern Iran'. His subsequent anthropological research involved a Yemenite Community which now resides in Israel.

A member of organizations which reflect his interests in Jewish music, Anthropology and Jewish culture, he has written and spoken extensively about these subjects.

After serving as Cantor for ten years on the East Coast, Laury moved to Utah, with his family over 22 years ago. At the University of Utah he has been a faculty member of the Anthropology Department ever since, and served as Department Chairman for six years.

At Kol Ami, Laury is grateful to have been able to serve as Cantor of the Congregation for over 16 years. He finds special joy in having over 200 successful B'nai Mitzvah whom he has taught.

Cantor Loeb is married to Nomi. Their three children grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from our Religious School. Roni, who received her Masters of Social Work in New York, married Mark Richter over a year ago. They currently reside in Utah where Mark is clerking for a State Supreme Court Justice. Gabi graduated from the University of Michigan and is currently a Research Assistant at Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. Adina is a Sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania.