Rabbi Emeritus Mark Wm. Gross
Cantorial Soloist Andrew David Susman
Andy is delighted to be sharing his passion for Jewish music and liturgy with the Temple Beth Orr community. His spiritual journey has encompassed the broad spectrum of Jewish movements. Andy has a degree in Social Work from Florida International University. In 1987, with the encouragement of Cantor Nancy Hausman, he became a fledgling song leader at TBO. His synthesis of social work and music was evident early on; working as a Sunday and Hebrew School teacher, a summer camp song leader, and in a dropout-prevention program in Miami-Dade County.
Andy has attended several CAJE conferences, was a member of the JNF Performing Artists’ Troupe, and twice participated in Hava Nashira – the Reform Movement’s Song Leader Training Institute. In 2008, Andy created Hearts, Minds & Music, Inc., as a vehicle for communicating the “Light and Joy of Judaism & Spirituality through prayer,
music, imagery, and text.” He has released two contemporary Jewish music albums: A Prayer Journey (2010) and Generations (2015).
Andy’s twin sons, Evan and Bryan, bring him much naches. Evan, a Rabbinic intern in Los Angeles, is completing his fifth year of study. Bryan, with an MA in Educational Leadership, worked in the Jewish community in New York City before making Aliyah with his wife, Tamar, last year. Andy enjoys movies, participating in song circles, listening to a wide range of NPR programming, and taking early morning walks. Grateful to be alive, Andy embraces the philosophy of Henry David Thoreau: “Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”