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b. 1998 White Plains, NY​.

Justin is a pianist/multi-instrumentalist and cantorial student in New York City. He was brought up on the harmony and soul of his home synagogue, Bet-Am Shalom. He took piano lessons on-and-off from age 5, but it was an enthusiastic theater teacher, Mr. Zawel, who inspired him to take singing and piano seriously. He self-taught for a year and-a-half before he found the right jazz piano teacher, Pierre Piscitelli


Prior to attending Goucher College to study music and theater, a school-organized trip to Poland and Israel inspired him to spend an immersive gap year with Israelis his own age at a Mechina in Southern Israel. Having attended a Jewish American summer camp, where he had many Israeli counselors who came to America, this was his first meaningful way of "giving back" to the American-Zionist dream.

Justin enrolled in Goucher's music program in 2017, where he found his friend and mentor, Dr. Jeffrey Chappell. Under his tutelage, Justin performed and improvised in the Goucher Jazz Ensemble, in master classes with world renown classical pianists, arranged his own compositions, and developed his own harmonic and rhythmic voice. He also studied conducting and sang as a baritone in the Goucher Chorus with Dr. Daniel McDavitt. All the while, Justin acted in dozens of musical theater and comedy-improv performances, including at Theater For The New City (T.N.C) and Baltimore Improv Group (B.I.G.).


An active member and service leader of Goucher Hillel, he represented Goucher College at the AJC conference of 2018 in Jerusalem and at the AIPAC conference in 2019. He also studied Modern Jewish Thought, Hebrew, and Arabic at The Rothberg International School at Hebrew University, as an undergraduate fellow of The Nachshon Project.


Justin is currently training to be a cantor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and pursuing a Masters in Sacred Music. He has worked at Ramah Wisconsin at song-leader and accompanist, as Chaplain Intern at White Plains Hospital (CPE), and as Cantorial Intern at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, NY.

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