Cantor Emeritus Laurence D. Loeb
Cantor Loeb has been in the Cantorate for over 50 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 40 years ago. Cantor Loeb retired from the University of Utah where he was a faculty member of the anthropology department, 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 40 years. He finds special joy in having taught over 400 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. Their daughter Roni lives in Israel with their four children. Their son, Gabi, lives in California with his family. Their daughter, Adina, lives in Washington, D.C. with her family.