Temple Emanuel's Spiritual Leadership

Rabbi Scott Sokol

Rabbi Sokol

Rabbi Sokol completed his rabbinic ordination under the auspices of the Rabbinic Seminary International in New York City, capping an already long and impressive career in Judaism and spiritual leadership.  Here are just a few of the many details about Scott:  

He is a licensed psychologist (board certified in pediatric neuropsychology) with a BA from Brandeis in Psychology, and a MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins University.  He received his MSM and cantorial investiture from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is a past recipient of a Young Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Wexner Fellow. 

Rabbi Sokol was the founder and former Dean of the cantorial school at Hebrew College in Newton, and is currently Professor of Psychology, Jewish Education and Jewish Music, teaching liturgy, lifecycle officiating and nusach to rabbinical and cantorial students as well as special education.  He has previously served on the executive council of the Cantors Assembly of America.

Rabbi Sokol has a deep love of music and is the cofounder of 
Koleinu: The Jewish Community Chorus of Boston and Sheminiyah, a professional octet of cantors.  He is the featured soloist on several recordings with the Zamir Chorale of Boston, and concertizes widely. He is also the past editor of the Journal of Synagogue Music

In addition to his leadership role at Temple Emanuel, Rabbi Sokol is also the part-time cantor of Temple Beth Sholom of Framingham, and recently served as Beth Sholomís Spiritual Leader during Rabbi Bazerís deployment in Afghanistan.

Rabbi Sokol lives in Framingham with his wife and two children.

Listen to the Rabbi's own niggun:  Oseh shalom, Oseh shalom (just melody), Oseh shalom (just harmony)

Cantor Linda Sue Sohn

Cantor SokolCantor Sohn is a talented educator with a specialty in making Jewish learning more accessible particularly to Bnei-Mitzvah students and special needs learners of all ages.

Cantor Sohn is a graduate of the Cantor-Educator Program at Hebrew College, where she was ordained as a cantor. While there, she earned a Masters degree in Jewish Education and a Certificate in Jewish Special Education. She has a BA in Math and Linguistics from Windham College in Putney, VT and spent many years in high-tech which has made her quite adept at using technology to benefit her students.

Cantor Sohn was on the planning committee for the 2012 GISHA Conference (Good Ideas Supporting Hebrew Access) at Hebrew College and the 2012 Women Cantors Network annual conference at Temple Beth Avodah in Newton, where she presented workshops on her original way of formatting Hebrew texts for beginner Hebrew readers and on learning to chant Torah using a set of flash cards of her own design.