Rabbi Steven Blane has held several traditional pulpits as Rabbi and as Cantor. His most recent was in New Milford, NJ. Echoing the experience of his mentor Rabbi Joseph Gelberman (of Blessed Memory), he heard a voice in his heart. "I was sad. Yes, I was doing well- I was serving a lovely community. I was making a good salary but I was not growing- my vision was much larger than I could realize in the Conservative or any particular movement. And so I left the traditional pulpit to journey on my own."
He then began his professional Cantorial career leading High Holiday services at Conservative Temples Beth Israel in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1991 and Shaarey Zedek in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1992. He served for four years as Cantor (1994-98) at Conservative First Hebrew Congregation in Peekskill, New York, and one year (1996) as Cantor at Reform Temple Beth Haverim in Mahwah, N.J. During his final year at First Hebrew Congregation, he served as Spiritual Leader.
Blane served as Cantor at Congregation Beth Israel in Bergenfield, N.J. from 1999-2006. From 2001-2009, he was a member of the Cantor's Assembly- a collection of the finest Hazzanim in the world. He served as Rabbi and Spiritual Leader of Congregation Beth Tikvah-New Milford Jewish Center from 2006-2009. Blane was ordained as Rabbi in June 2001 at Rabbinical Seminary International after completing a course of study with Rabbi Joseph Gelberman in New York City. International Federation of Rabbis.
he has led services in Lubavitch, Orthodox, Conservative and Reform communities.
As Rabbi and Cantor, Blane’s commitment is to nurture, heal and bring joy to the community. His vision is one of universal brotherhood and inclusiveness and his mantra is "No is not in G-d's vocabulary."
Steven Blane majored in Voice and obtained a B.A. in Music Education from Jersey City University. Following college, he performed as a singer/actor off and on Broadway, most notably, in the show "STRIDER" in 1978-79. He was a film extra (look for him in "The Chosen" but don't blink) and wrote an Off-Off Broadway Musical, which he produced in 1981.
He plays guitar, ukelele and piano and loves to sing Jazz Standards.
*Resigned in 2009 when he was offered the option of resignation or expulsion by the Cantor’s Assembly when he began officiating at Interfaith Weddings.