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Rabbi Alan W. Bright


There are pivotal moments in the history of organizations that dramatically alter their destination, and Shaare Zedek Congregation is no exception. Ours occurred in September of 2001, when, after an exhaustive rabbinical search, we were fortunate to engage Rabbi Alan W. Bright as our spiritual leader.

Rabbi Bright brings with him an intellect and a philosophy of inclusiveness that have allowed us to welcome and embrace individuals from all aspects of our community and reach out to many who have found their home in our Synagogue.  While some may be attracted by the eloquence and compassion he exhibits at Life cycle events, for us at Shaare Zedek, it is the concern and commitment he has for our entire synagogue family.

Our Rabbi has also made a substantial contribution to the broader community including, but certainly not limited to, his leadership roles with March of the Living and the Board of Rabbi's, and his bridge building with other cultural groups.

The relationships he establishes play an important role towards ensuring that Shaare Zedek Congregation maintains a vibrant and viable presence in the Montreal Jewish Community.

Rabbi Alan W. Bright
Certified Mohel
Captain Alan W. Bright (USAFR)
M.A. Judaic Studies

514.484.1122 ext. 110
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Born in Casablanca, Morocco and the youngest of 12 children, Cantor Daniel Benlolo and his family settled in Quebec – cradle of Canadian Sefardia – in the early 1970’s. Fluent in French, English, Arabic and Hebrew, he attended the Rabbinical College of Canada and became Chazzan (Cantor) of the Spanish-Portuguese Synagogue of Montreal at the age of 17, a position which he held for eight years.

In 1991, Cantor Benlolo received a prestigious scholarship from the Maybaum Foundation to study Ashkenazi, Yemenite, Syrian and other forms of Sephardi Cantorial styles at the Belz School of Jewish Music, an affiliate of Yeshiva University in New York. He is a multi-talented artisan whose designed ketubot (wedding certificates) and other beautiful Judaic art have been published in a variety of books and publications. His passion for singing and stage brought him to perform in several countries including Venezuela, United Kingdom, Israel, South America and the United States.

In addition to his previous duties at the prestigious Congregation Kehillat Beth Israel of Ottawa, he continues to perform at countless community-wide functions while working as an educator at local schools, Judaic advisor for the Tamir Foundation, serving people with developmental disabilities and various other agencies.  He is also the founder of the SJCC Shira Ottawa Choir, The Tamir Neshama Choir and L'ecole Benlolo Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Afternoon School.

Cantor Benlolo is the recipient of the 2016 Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers,
Elaine Rabin Social Service Award, the 2013 Governor General Caring Canadian Award and the recipient of the 2004 United Way Community Builder Award for his dedication and commitment to helping others in the community. Cantor Benlolo has been nominated as a member of the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security. He uses his musical and vocal talents to benefit innumerable charitable organizations and is enthusiastically involved in promoting North American and worldwide Jewry. His interfaith and multicultural work was acknowledged when the Universal Peace Federation and Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace recognized him as an Ambassador for Peace for his efforts and for contributing to the fulfillment of the hope of all ages to live in a unified world of peace.

Cantor Daniel Benlolo
514.484.1122 ext. 108

Mon, September 16 2019 16 Elul 5779