As part of the Religious Studies Lecture Series, Cantor Ivor Lichterman from the Congregation B’nai Israel in Sylvania will speak at The University of Findlay at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 in Old Main’s Ritz Auditorium.
In keeping with the lecture series’ theme of highlighting different religions in terms of existentialism, transcendence, vocation, service, personal identity and ultimate meaning, Lichterman will be addressing those subjects from the point of the Jewish faith.
Growing up in the synagogues of South Africa, Lichterman was appointed assistant cantor at age 18 to the Sea Point Congregation in Cape Town, the largest synagogue in South Africa. After receiving his degree in Judaic studies from the University of Cape Town, he moved to Long Island, New York where he served as cantor.
Serving at Agudath Shalom in Stamford, Connecticut and at Anshei Israel in Tucson, Arizona, Lichterman then came to Toledo. In 1998 he was instated as an Honorary Fellow of the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Lichterman is also an avid photographer who has photographed hundreds of synagogues from 12 different countries around the world, which he is documenting for a book. His calligraphy services and expert shofar blowing are well known, according to the Congregation, and he is a certified mohel who has performed more than 800 circumcisions.
Lichterman is married to Jan, a real estate agent. They have two sons, Mayron and Ari, and a daughter, Jaclyn.
The Religious Studies Lecture Series is sponsored by the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at The University of Findlay.