First Congregation Sons of Israel, a conservative egalitarian synagogue, announces the beginning of a Visiting Rabbi Series. The congregants have sought for the return of a Rabbi since the retirement of Rabbi Samuel Cywiak several years ago.
Now, thanks to the endowment of a friend of the congregation, the congregation is now in a position to have a visiting Rabbi lead Shabbat services once or twice a month.
Rabbi Joel Fox will kick off the series Feb. 24 and 25, leading services beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, and 10 a.m.on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Rabbi Joel Fox will again lead services March 11 at 5 p.m.. He will lead Mincha, Ma’Ariv, and Havdalah services. There will also be a reading from the Megillah. Services will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Sunday, March 12 at 10 a.m., Rabbi Fox will lead service for Purim. A brunch will follow the service.
The Visiting Rabbi Series will continue through June. For more information, call the Congregation office at (904) 829-9532, or email email@example.com.
Rabbi Fox grew up in Dallas, Texas in an enthusiastic home filled
with a love of Judaism and music. In his youth, he demonstrated a great
deal of interest in music and singing. His early activities included
performing in theater groups, playing the piano, and participating in
At age 14 his family moved to Israel. After completing his studies at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Rabbi Fox attended the Israel Institute of Cantorial Art where he learned with internationally known cantors such as Naftali Hershtik, Eli Jaffe and Moshe Stern.
From 1989 until 1992 Rabbi Fox served in the Israel Defense Force as a member of their acclaimed Rabbinical Army Choir.
In 1992 Rabbi Fox moved back to the United States and served as
Hazzan at the Jacksonville Jewish Center in Jacksonville, Florida.
Throughout his career, he has traveled and given concerts across the
globe for a variety of audiences. As an accomplished pianist and singer,
Rabbi Fox’s repertoire includes traditional and contemporary music in
English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino.
Rabbi Fox is a proud member of the Cantors Assembly, the largest body
of Hazzanim in the world. In 2014, Rabbi Fox received his Smicha from
Rabbinical Seminary International, then became spiritual leader at
Temple Beth Shalom in Melbourne Florida. Today, Rabbi Fox serves as
both a rabbi and cantor in the capacity of both teacher and entertainer.
Rabbi Fox, his wife Tali, and their children Arianna, Daniella and Michael
make their home in Rockledge.