Meet Rabbi Arian and Hazzan Komrad

Rabbi Charles L. Arian

Rabbi Charles L. Arian joined the Kehilat Shalom in the summer of 2012. Previously, he was the rabbi of Beth Jacob Synagogue in Norwich, CT. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York, and Hazlet, New Jersey, and received his undergraduate degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He received his MAHL degree and his rabbinic ordination from the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College, and his Doctorate of Divinity, honoris causa, from the New York campus of Hebrew Union College on May 5, 2011. Although originally ordained as a Reform rabbi, he became affiliated with the Conservative Rabbinical Assembly while working for the Hillel Foundations.

Rabbi Arian has worked as a Hillel director and a think-tank scholar as well as a congregational rabbi. He has spoken and published widely in the area of Christian-Jewish relations. Rabbi Arian and his wife, Keleigh, are the parents of Berkeleigh, a nursing student at Bellarmine University.

Click here for Rabbi Arian’s blog and High Holiday sermons.


Hazzan Kimberly Komrad

Hazzan Kimberly Komrad is the first female cantor to hold a pulpit in a Conservative synagogue in the history of the Baltimore-Washington area. Hazzan Komrad graduated with a master’s degree of Sacred Music and a diploma of Hazzan from the five-year program at the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Cantorial School in New York. Since then she has held pulpits at both Reform and Conservative congregations.

Hazzan Komrad’s vocal training was in classical voice and opera at the University of Miami, Florida. She has appeared widely in the United States and Canada and has released two albums, Voice of the Lioness: Kol Ha L’viah and Manny and Kim. Hazzan Komrad lives in Baltimore with her husband Mark, a psychiatrist, and her son, Ilan.

Hazzan Kimberly Komrad is featured on the Cantor Assembly’s newest CD, which was released in November 2012. To hear some musical selections, visit her website by clicking here