Cantor Neil Schnitzer
Cantor Schnitzer was born, raised, and currently resides in Bucks County, PA, with his lovely wife Linda Bobrin and three wonderful sons, Alex, David and Aaron. He grew up as a member of Congregation Beth El in Levittown where he helped lead Junior Congregation and was a member of the Youth Choir. He attended Herzl Zion Hebrew School in Trenton, NJ, (now Abrams Academy in Yardley). At the age of 12 he became the youngest member of the Adult Choir at Beth El.
During school he was involved in music and drama programs and played many roles on stage. This continued into his adult life and led to his marriage to Linda. They met at the Klein Branch of the JCC in Northeast Philadelphia where both were involved in the theater. The last roles they played there were opposite each other as Charlie Brown and Lucy.
Cantor Neil has been involved in the Delaware Valley Jewish Community for most of his life. After his first cantorial position leading the Southington Jewish Congregation in Connecticut for High Holy Days, he became the Cantor of Congregation Tikvoh Chadoshoh in the Germantown area of Philadelphia. Subequently, he served at was Tiferes B’nei Israel in Warrington, PA, and Society Hill Synagogue in Philadelphia. In 1999-2000 he spent a year at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia as the Coordinator of Outreach Services during which he administered the Friday Night Alive! program. Cantor Neil has worked to design new Shabbat and holiday services including an all musical Friday evening service called, “Shabbat Reenah” and a “Multi-Generational” Shabbat morning service both of which combine new music with traditional liturgical works.
Cantor Neil enjoys a great variety of music, gardening, theater, Jewish Studies, science and spending time with his family. He is very excited to be a part of the Temple Emanuel Community.