Kyle Cotler

Kyle Cotler

Kyle (he/him/his) is a fourth-generation cantor and first-generation rabbi. His great-grandfather was a Chazzan in Russia; his grandfather, Ted, served a California congregation, and his father, Doug, is currently the cantor at Or Ami in Calabasas. Kyle remembers falling asleep to the sound of his father practicing and writing liturgical songs and prayers. Soon he began his own musical sojourn, embracing Jewish music at Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) camps. By the end of high school, he was a proficient drummer, guitarist and pianist. He received his B.A. in music theory and composition from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., and has composed a number of original Hebrew songs and prayers.

He made his musical debut at the Center for Advancement of Jewish Education convention in Vermont in 2008 and from 2010 to 2012 served as the Cantorial Soloist at Temple Beth Ohr in La Mirada. Kyle was the cantorial intern and rabbinic intern at Stephen Wise Temple in Bel Air from 2012 to 2016 before serving as the Cantor at North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, New York through 2019.

Kyle is thrilled to embrace his lech l’cha moment in Evanston. He brings a passion for Judaism, a love of all things musical and a zest for creating meaningful connections with people. His primary goal is to enrich the lives of all those in our community and to bring innovation and an infectious energy to all forms of worship. Kyle lives with his fiancée, Rachel, and their dog, Wishbone.

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