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Best Dulcet Tone (Sacred and Secular): Rabbi Neil Blumofe

Excelling at both the macro (standing in front of hundreds of people singing and doling out nuggets of Talmudic wisdom) and the micro (one-on-one counseling as well as grassroots activism within Jewish and non-Jewish communities), senior rabbi for Congregation Agudas Achim Neil Blumofe is as comfortable talking sacred music as he is jazz. It's not just about spirituality, but where spirituality is located and its particular expression and dimension. He is attuned to mysteries of the spheres and knows multiple ways to plumb such depths – finding as much meaning from the reed of a New Orleanian sax as a finely sculpted yad. A religious leader, yes, but also a damn fine human being. To say nothing of the fact that KUT funding drives would not be the same without this rabbi's velvety vox. All rise and Baruch HaShem!

Congregation Agudas Achim
7300 Hart, 512/735-8400
www.caa-austin.org

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