Rabbi Steven Schwarzman
As a rabbi, I have had the privilege of working closely with Cantor Ben Silverberg. He is that rare combination of a patient and gentle teacher who knows the synagogue service like the back of his hand and how to work with bar and bat mitzvah kids of every ability and background to help them be their best on their big day.
His students and their families love working with him, because he makes it a point to work with them: starting at whatever point the child is in terms of prior knowledge and ability, he guides them with exceptional understanding to not just learn the mechanics of chanting Torah and Haftarah, but to learn the significance of becoming bar or bat mitzvah in today’s world.
And most important: he teaches, by natural example, how to be a mentsh, a lesson that is not lost on the children and families who work with him. I’m delighted to recommend him, just as I am delighted to know him.