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Conservative Synagogue's new cantor to be welcomed at Compo Shabbat

Published 7:01 am, Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • Luis Cattan is the new cantor of the Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News

    Luis Cattan is the new cantor of the Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton.

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A Shabbat service Friday will also welcome the new cantor of the Conservative Synagogue of Westport, Weston and Wilton to the community.

Cantor Luis Cattan and his family, recently of Miami, will gather with congregants at 6:15 p.m. Friday at Compo Beach for the service.

"We feel blessed for the opportunity," Cattan said in a statement issued by the congregation. "We fell in love with the people we have met and we are looking forward to meeting more people in the synagogue. We hope to be part of this community, to be able to help others find their place, their roles, and their participation as well."

Cattan joins the Conservative Synagogue after serving at Miami's Beth Torah Benny Rok campus. There he created musical programs, recorded two CDs, one with the religious and day school students, and developed a program for older teenagers as well.

The synagogue "is blessed to have Cantor Luis Cattan joining our synagogue family. His presence brings spirit-filled electricity to our sanctuary, genuine love for Jewish music and prayer, and profound humility for his role as cantor," Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn said in the statement. "We have a shared view of the rabbi-cantor relationship as a sacred partnership in which we have the privilege to touch lives during moments of joy and sadness."

A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Cattan moved to Miami in 2003 where he joined the Cuban Hebrew Congregation of Miami where most of his congregants were Cuban immigrants to the United States.

"These stories of success, sacrifice and gratitude were an inspiration for my family and me," said Cattan, the father of four.

Cattan is a member of the Cantors Assembly, the largest organization of cantors in the world.

He also said he looks forward to participating in the Conservative Synagogue's philanthropic outreach, which includes "Share the Pie," a program run in conjunction with Homes with Hope, and "Mitzvah Day," a day of social action designed to help less fortunate families of Fairfield County.

The multi-lingual cantor -- he speaks, reads and writes English, Spanish, Hebrew, French, Italian and Portuguese -- looks forward to introducing congregants to new programs. In the past he's created programs such as `Tapas, Wine and Jewish Jazz" and "Music and Art."