Academics at Mesivta of Las Vegas

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Passionate about Jewish education and outreach, Rabbi Menachem Moscovitz has become a noted speaker and community leader. As the executive director of Mesivta of Las Vegas, Rabbi Menachem Moscovitz oversees the school’s community relations, extracurricular activities, fundraising, staffing, and teaching.

A newly founded high school with a college preparatory program based on the Torah, Mesivta of Las Vegas hopes to inspire young men to appreciate their Jewish heritage and choose to live their lives focused on the Torah. The school also encourages its students to pursue their own personal development in community with each other.

Through its Torah studies program, Mesivta helps its students learn how to analyze texts, gain understanding of Torah concepts, and incorporate these concepts into daily life. Students also study Jewish law and its application.

Mesivta of Las Vegas’ general studies program focuses on skills for career success and emphasizes areas such as analytical writing, critical thinking, and problem solving. Subjects covered range from math and science to social studies and language arts.

The Historic Role of the Cantor

Menachem Moscovitz has built an impressive resume in the Orthodox Jewish education and communal service worlds. A graduate of the Rabbinical Seminary of America in Flushing, New York, he also earned a degree in administration and development from Torah Umesorah Leadership and Fundraising Academy. Menachem Moscovitz currently serves as executive director of Mesivta of Las Vegas, a private, Torah-centered academy for boys and serves as a High Holiday cantor for Congregation Ahavas Yisroel in Flushing.

A cantor, known in Hebrew as a chazzan, has always held a central place in synagogue life, with a role at least as honored as that of the rabbi. In rabbinic times, until around the sixth century of the Common Era, the cantor often led congregations unfamiliar with the liturgy. His job was – and is – to guide the congregation through prayer, with congregants saying “Amen” to each of the passages he read. As the laity gained increasing Torah and liturgical knowledge, the role of the cantor as prayer leader continued.

Traditionally, the cantor of a synagogue also assists the rabbi in transmitting Jewish education to new generations. While any male member of an Orthodox synagogue may serve as a cantor, today’s cantors often acquire degrees or experience in musicology or secular music, as well as in Jewish religious studies.