Rabbi-Hazzan David Sislen

David B. Sislen began his musical and cantorial training even before his Bar Mitzvah, and he was first called to chant High Holiday services at the age of 15. In the years that followed, he continued his studies while serving in a part-time capacity for several congregations in his native Washington, DC area. In 1996, he accepted his first full-time pulpit, and since then has served as Cantor, Educator, and Rabbi for congregations and schools in Maryland, Florida, and New York.

Rabbi/Hazzan Sislen graduated from the University of Maryland in 1988 in with a BA in Theater Design. For over 15 years, he worked as a theatrical lighting designer in theaters up and down the East Coast, including The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Constitution Hall, and off-Broadway in New York, before devoting himself to a full-time pulpit.

Sislen was accepted into the Cantors Assembly in 2000, and currently serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Synagogue Music. In 2002, he was one of the founding members of the Bay Area Cantorial Association, a cooperative of Cantors and Cantorial Soloists from across the Tampa Bay region.

Sislen received his Rabbinical smicha in 2013. He strives to maintain the liturgical, ritual, educational, and musical traditions from the past, while adding innovations and approaches to Jewish practice which will continue to resonate with 21 st century congregants. His welcoming approach invites all to grow in appreciation, practice, knowledge, and skill in order to build a vibrant and lasting Jewish community.