Stein Family And Shir Aliyah
Hazzan Mike Stein,
native of Brooklyn, N.Y. is the cantor at Temple Aliyah in
Woodland Hills, Calif. His story is the reverse of the classic
movie "The Jazz Singer." Simply put, he began his journey to the
cantorate as a successful singer, songwriter and actor. As a
teenager, he appeared on Broadway in the original cast of three
Broadway shows, including JC Superstar. He toured with the
original road show of Tommy and appeared with Orson Welles in the
movie A Safe Place. He then played 17 years in The United States
Navy Band in Washington, D.C., playing at the White House for
three presidents and touring the world, including Beijing, China
and Stockholm, Sweden. During this time he wrote several
children's albums, (one was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1999)
and a patriotic song that was used during the Desert Storm
campaign and played throughout the world.
Through this journey, Mike has kept a close tie to his Jewish
roots. Reared in a traditional Jewish home, Mike began to explore
his love for Jewish music and has discovered that it is
Yiddishkeit that is closest to his heart. Over the past ten years
he has been cantor for two synagogues and teacher to hundreds of
young Jewish children and adults alike.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in
Sociology from the University of the State of New York. He was
awarded the Navy Commendation and Achievement medals while in the
United States Navy. Hazzan Stein is a member of the Cantors
Assembly, the officially recognized body of hazzanim of the
His wife Kelley,
studied opera and has performed at the White House, Kennedy Center
for the Performing Arts and at many venues with her musical
is a graduate of Yale University, and serves as music specialist
at Temple Aliyah and at Temple Israel in North Hollywood.
is an opera major at CSUN Northridge and
is a violin major at Hamilton High School in West Los Angeles.
Jacob is 24 and going to graduate school for Art. Justin is 20.
Jared is 17 and going to UC Santa Barbara this fall.
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