Our High Holiday services are led by Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, together with Rabbi Michael Boino and Hazzan Galeet Dardashti.
RABBI MICHAEL BOINO is a 2017 graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of the Arts degree and Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling. Rabbi Boino joined our community in 2013 as the Ken Kolker Rabbinic Intern. We’re thrilled that he will again be co-leading with Rabbi Uhrbach on the High Holy Days.
A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Michael earned undergraduate degrees in vocal performance and composition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. A two time consecutive recipient of the Guild of Temple Musician’s Young Composer’s Award, Michael is active in the field of liturgical music, having been commissioned and performed by both synagogues and churches in America, Israel, Australia and the United Kingdom. He continues to study voice in the studio of Candace Goetz.
Rabbi Boino also holds an MSW from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. He currently works for the Jewish Board’s Jewish Communal Services division as a spiritual care coordinator as well as for congregation B’nai Jeshurun as coordinator of pastoral care and support.
HAZZAN GALEET DARDASHTI has performed as a soloist both throughout the US and Israel, including significant cantorial work. The granddaughter of Yona Dardashti, the most renowned singer of Persian classical music in Iran in his day, and daughter of highly esteemed cantor Farid Dardashti, Middle Eastern vocalist and composer Galeet is the first woman in her family to continue her family tradition of distinguished Persian and Jewish musicianship.
In 2018, Dardashti shared her extraordinary gifts with CSH with her performance on Selichot of Monajat, her re-imagination of the Selihot ritual in collaboration with an acclaimed ensemble of musicians, an electronic soundscape, and dynamic live video art. Dardashti is leader and vocalist of the edgy all-female Mizrahi band Divahn.
Galeet also pursues her passion for Jewish music and culture as an anthropologist. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology, specializing in cultural politics and contemporary Middle Eastern/Arab music in Israel. She recently served as Assistant Professor of Jewish Music and Musician-in-Residence at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and she has published widely on her work.