About Cantor Wally & Friends

Cantor Wally Schachet-Briskin was invested as Cantor in 1996 from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music. While he was a student, he received the HUC Steinhardt Scholarship, the Arthur Wolfson Memorial Prize in Reform Cantorial Art, and the Rabbi Malcolm Stern Memorial Prize.

Cantor Schachet-Briskin served as Cantor at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2009. He served the congregation in many capacities, including administration of the B’nai Mitzvah program, conducting and directing adult and youth choirs, and teaching. He joined the clergy team at Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk, VA in July 2009.

A product of the Reform movement and its camps, he has served as faculty member and musician-in-residence for more than two decades of summers with Reform Jewish Youth, mostly with "Hagigah" at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Camp Newman-Swig in Northern California. Wally is a well-known and inspiring performer among the communities at the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), URJ, and HUC-JIR. Wally is a recording artist who has released three CDs of original Jewish compositions, as well as performing on the CDs of other artists. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Since moving to Hampton Roads, Cantor Schachet-Briskin has performed many times with groups from the Simon Family JCC, has been invited to speak or sing at community events, and sang the National Anthem at Harbor Park.

Wally feels blessed to share his life with his wife, Tammy, their daughter, Channa Shira, and their son, Micah Oren.

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