K.A.M. Isaiah Israel appointed Cantor David Berger to fill the vacant role at the synagogue.
The Buffalo Grove-born cantor came back to the area after living in Los Angeles, living and working in a Jewish musical tradition, he said.
His first challenges at K.A.M., 1100 E. Hyde Park Blvd., will be in preparing for the upcoming Jewish high holidays, which he described as “the cantor’s prime time.”
“There’s something about synagogues that hold onto a previous heritage and see themselves as being an important place. It’s a very special thing to take on. So its exciting more than intimidating because [K.A.M. is] a place that really knows its ability to influence the world. Its an incredible thing,” Berger said.
Since arriving to Hyde Park last week Berger has found it a stark contrast to L.A.
“L.A. is not a beautiful city. A lot of the buildings are sort of ‘70s and not attractive. I like being in a place that has a real sense of history and just wandering the streets of Hyde Park in the week I’ve been here has felt wonderful,” Berger said.
Berger’s husband and two-year-old will move to Chicago in the coming weeks.
Among Berger’s musical interests are choral ensembles. He said he hopes to persuade choruses in Hyde Park to partner with K.A.M.