Paul Dorman

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"Singing and music have always been a way for me to express who and what I am and the best part of it, is that it’s so much fun." Paul Dorman grew up in Paterson, New Jersey and was educated in orthodox yeshivot until attending Connecticut College in New London, CT and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in Manhattan. He began singing as a young boy in temple and made his theatrical debut as one of the children in the opera Carmen at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey.

An invested cantor, Hazzan Dorman studied under Hazzan Nate Lam and Hazzan Meir Finkelstein and began his cantorial career under Hazzan Finkelstein at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles. There he helped create progressive award winning services such as "Friday Night Live" and "Torah In The Round". At Temple Ramat Zion, where he served as cantor for seven years, he continued that tradition, creating, with Rabbi Michael Graetz, the award winning book and CD "Pray In Deed", the award winning "Kolot" service and "Shabbat Sings".

In addition he has performed in, directed, written and produced theatre, film, operas and concerts. He has composed songs, new settings for liturgical pieces and is currently at work on a new album/CD. Some of the songs he has written for his new album are contemporary expressions of the poetic liturgy.  All of the songs express a joy of life and the hope that we can make a better world.

Paul is the recipient of the United Synagogue Gold Award for Learning for Pray In Deed, the United Synagogue Award for Family Programming for Kolot, the Men’s Club Western Region Humanitarian Award, Temple Ramat Zion Sisterhood’s Chayei Olam Award and the Aron HaKodesh Citation of Merit from Sinai Temple. He is a proud member of the Cantors Assembly and Guild of Temple Musicians.

Paul lives in Los Angeles with his lovely and talented wife, actress Jill Jacobson and their three dogs.