OUR RABBI - David Hartley Mark
Rabbi David Hartley Mark was born in New York City, and grew up on the Lower East Side, that legendary Jewish immigrant neighborhood, attending Hebrew Day School. He was first from his school, the East Side Torah Center, to attend Yeshiva University High School for Boys—Manhattan. David attended Yeshiva University, where he attained a BA in English Literature, a BS in Bible and Jewish Education, and a Hebrew Teacher’s Diploma (HTD). He spent his third year of college at Bar Ilan University in Ramat-Gan, Israel, where he developed a fluency in Hebrew, and toured around the country. He has also attained a Certificate in Advanced Jewish School Administration from the Hebrew College in Brookline, MA.
David attended the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he earned an MA degree from Queens College, as well as an M.Phil. degree, majoring in 17th Century English, specializing in the work of John Milton, as well as the Romantic Poets. A year teaching Hebrew School in a Reform temple in Brooklyn convinced him of his great love of Judaism, and he began attending the Academy for Jewish Religion, Yonkers, NY, where he was ordained a rabbi in 1980.
He met Anbeth, who was hired as temple secretary the same day he was hired to teach. They were married in 1978. They have two grown children, Tyler and Jordan, as well as a grandson, Aidan.
Rabbi Mark served pulpits in Warren, NJ, Fayetteville, NC, and Portsmouth, NH, in which last pulpit he spent 22 years, a record for that state. Seeking warmer climes, as well as closer family members, he and Anbeth took the pulpit of Temple Sholom in 2009. He also fulfilled a lifetime dream of teaching English at Keiser University in Ft. Lauderdale.
OUR CANTOR - Hesh Mayersdorf
Cantor Hesh Mayersdorf was born in Paris, France where the atmosphere of fine music has been instilled in him from birth by his father, Cantor Morris Mayersdorf. He began his musical career at the age of eight when he was featured as the lead soloist in synagogue choirs. From that time on through his formative years, he sang with many outstanding choirs.
Now a lyric tenor he began his formal musical education studying with several fine music and vocal coaches such as; Randall Marsh at Juilliard, and world renowned chazzanim such as Cantor David Koussevitzky. Hesh was the music coordinator and vocalist for the CBC television documentary “Dor L’Dor.” He also appeared on numerous radio programs. Cantor Hesh has performed worldwide from Lincoln Center to Carnegie Hall to The Hollywood Bowl where he has received wide acclaim for these performances.
Besides leading services on Shabbat, holidays, and some weekdays, performing life cycle events such as weddings and funerals, he offers a Talmud class, inspires our youth to read from the Torah and chant from the Haftorah as they prepare for their B’nai Mitzvah.