Cantor David Fair
Cantor David Fair is proud to have joined Temple Emanuel in 2021. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, he earned a B.A. in Theater and a minor in Music from the University of Maryland College Park. He received a Professional Studies Diploma and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He received a Master of Sacred Music degree from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City in 2020, where he wrote his thesis on the topic, “Tsiporah’s Children: The Music and Lived Experiences of Black Jewish Americans.” He was ordained in 2021.
Before coming to Grand Rapids, Cantor Fair served as the Cantorial Intern at Temple Beth Israel in York, PA; Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) in New York City; and Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, DC.
Cantor Fair is passionate about pastoral care. Cantor Fair completed 400 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education with the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he worked at the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged in Brooklyn, NY. He strives to offer space for others to feel heard, affirmed, and validated. In 2021, he received two additional certifications: He is a certified Prepare/Enrich® Facilitator in Premarital Counseling and he is also a certified Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning Facilitator in conducting guided End-of-Life conversations.
As the Cantor-Educator of the United Jewish School, Cantor Fair guides teachers in bringing innovative ideas and techniques to the classroom. He has taught religious school for well over a decade and specializes in teaching Hebrew, bible, Israeli peoplehood, Holocaust education, and of course, Jewish music.
Cantor Fair is an antiracism educator and has given sermons, lectures, and led workshops in this topic at Synagogues, Hillels, and other Jewish organizations throughout the country. He believes that this is holy work. He is honored to have the opportunity to speak to people who are interested and open to learning about how we can all challenge our role in systemic racism.
Outside of his Cantorial duties, Cantor Fair loves practicing yoga, making vegan feasts, buying toys for Mordechai the cat, and spending time with his partner, Corey — who teaches Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation at Temple Emanuel and the United Jewish School.
You can find more information on Cantor Fair at cantordavidfair.com