Cantor Chaim Najman, DM, Emeritus
Cantor Chaim Najman served with warmth and devotion as sh’liach tzibbur of our congregation from 1979-2006. He then spent a sabbatical year in Israel, teaching students of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in Jerusalem.
A multi-talented hazzan, his musical programs, concerts and special events have received national recognition.
Cantor Najman served as president of the Cantors Assembly of America from 1999-2000, and currently serves on its Executive Council. He chaired the 53rd National Convention of the Cantors Assembly in May, 2002, in Detroit, hosting five hundred cantors from across North America. He also edited two guides to the book, Mahzor 101 for the Sabbath and Festival Prayer Book, published by the Cantors Assembly.
In 2002, Cantor Najman was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music by the Jewish Theological Seminary. In 2005, he received the Samuel Rosenbaum Award for excellence and creativity in the cantorate.
In May of that same year, he and his wife, Dr. Sherrell Najman, received the Israel Independence Award from the State of Israel Bonds.
The Najmans are the parents of Yehuda and Dr. Naomi Najman, Drs. Hindy Najman and Paul Franks, Dina and James Najman-Licht, Cantor Daniel and Aviva Najman. The Najmans are the proud grandparents of 10 grandchildren.
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