Cantor Steven Haas
Cantor Steven Haas began his tenure at Temple Beth Sholom in 1989. After serving as the cantor at Temple Beth El V’Shalom in Charlotte, North Carolina Steven Haas returned to his roots in Miami Beach where he attended religious school from age 6, celebrated Bar Mitzvah and sang in the children’s choir under the direction of Cantor David Conviser. During his international operatic he performed the High Holy Days in Europe and Australia until his return to the United States.
Cantor Haas has musically led the congregation of Temple Beth Sholom by creating a variety of musical experiences which has enhanced the worship experience over the years. From traditional nusach to the accompaniment of live musicians and special themes Cantor Haas has continually tried to balance the familiar with the new. The Sephardic Servcie, Contemporary Service, Shabbat Yeladim to Shabbanukah and Shiru Shabbat and many more have tried to push the boundaries of the worship experience.
Concerts too numerous to mention have also played an important part in the role that Cantor Haas has played over these many years. A Tribute to Richard Tucker, The Jews of Tin Pan Alley, The Soul of Sepharad, Croon Over Miami, Klezmer Concerts, Oy Vegas and The Florida Philharmonic have graced the bimah. With over 20 specially written Purim Shpiels to his credit and the chanting of the Traditional Megillah Purim has been a favorite for the Cantor and the congregation.
Creating, planning and leading congregational trips to Israel has been a passion for Cantor Haas. He has led over 28 such trips and has participated in the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Trips to Israel. He has also participated in Community Events when ever called upon to do so.
Cantor Steven Haas has been very active in the educational programs of Temple Beth Sholom from the Foundation School to Adult Education and has even served as Director of the Alternative Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program and The Interim B’nai Mitzvah Program.