Cantor Ross Wolman feels blessed to serve Temple Chai in Phoenix, Arizona where he brings spirit and experience, knowledge and a passion for teaching, and a balance of tradition and innovation.


Originally from Lancaster, PA, Cantor Wolman grew up in Congregation Shaarai Shomayim’s youth choir and led religious school services beginning after his bar mitzvah. He studied Music Education at Temple University in Philadelphia and upon graduation, entered the Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College to pursue ordination as a Cantor. He was fortunate to have spent two years of his cantorial studies in Israel, serving Kehillat Bavat Ayin in Rosh Ha’ayin as student cantor. Cantor Wolman has been an active leader and organizer of the Riding4Reform cycling fundraiser, which benefits the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.


In May 2007, he was Invested as Cantor from Hebrew Union College and is a proud member of the American Conference of Cantors (ACC). Cantor Wolman has previously served Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, IL and Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (BJBE) in Deerfield, IL.


Cantor Wolman has spent a summer in chaplaincy at Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia, summers on staff at Kutz Camp, OSRUI, NFTY in Israel as well as six summers on faculty at OSRUI. He is past president of the Reform Cantors of Chicago and has proudly served the American Conference of Cantors and HUC’s Debbie Friedman School of Sacred Music Alumni Association.


Cantor Wolman has performed throughout North America, Israel, France, Russia, and Ukraine.


Along with his passion for music, Cantor Wolman has a strong love for film, the outdoors, education, Israel, and the Hebrew language. He lives in Scottsdale with his wife Malka, three children, and their cat Zev.


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