Grandmother born of Russian parents who fled Czarist Russia at the turn of the 20th century. Immigrated with her fur-designing family from Russia, via Paris, in 1905, coming to America and opening a Jewish restaurant in Brooklyn. "My mother was just 15 when she met my father, who was 17, on a blind date in 1941. The following year my father enlisted in the Air Force and was a radio operator. My mother waited for him and they were married in 1946. My father went into the advertising business in New York City in the early 1950's."
1960's - 1970's
The youngest of three children, music interest started in elementary school. "We had real music teachers in those days and good music programs in public school. The school chiormaster realized I had a strong voice and put me in the school chorus and gave me solos in the schools plays. This led to a growing interest in singing and I kept in choir and shows in junior high and high school," says Cantor Grant.
1970's - Present
Enrolled at Tulane University in 1977 as a biology major with every intention of fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian. Continued taking voice lessons, received a liberal studies degree at California State University Northridge with a teaching credential, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1983. Recipient of awards for Cantorial Excellence all 4 years at Hebrew Union College, joins TBY in 1995.
A Lifetime of Musical Experience
Cantor Grant is more than just the nationally-recognized leader of the musical program at Temple Bat Yahm. He is a teacher, spiritual guide for our children, and an integral part of our clergy team. He is a first-rate, professionally trained singer and conductor, a pupil of the renowned French baritone Martial Singher, and received ordination from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, completing a rigorous four-year postgraduate course of study in Israel and New York. Cantor Grant is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of CSUN, and was the recipient of Awards for Cantorial Excellence all four years at Hebrew Union College.
In November 2011, Cantor Grant became one of 20 cantors in the United States to travel to Rome, Italy to perform an historic concert of Jewish music before Vatican leaders as part of the Second Conference on Catholic-Jewish Relations.
Cantor Grant came to TBY in 1994, celebrated his "Bar Mitzvah Year" at TBY in 2007 and “Chai” year in 2012. He leads our Adult Choir, Junior Choir, oversees the entire B'nei Mitzvah program, teaches music in our Religious School, and assists our Rabbis in performing the many life-cycle events of TBY.
Cantor Grant is proud to serve on the nominations committee for the Executive Board of the American Conference of Cantors - clergy committed to Judaism and Jewish music - www.accantors.org Jonathan and his wife Sharyn were married in 1998 having met on a blind date set up by TBY congregants! Jonathan loves to travel, ride his motorcycle, and has an LP record collection of over 4,000 titles!