Rabbi Cantor Michael Davis’s warm welcoming love of music, Judaism, and peace encouraged my son to be involved in our Congregation and to participate as a musician in concerts, Shabbat services, and with holiday and special events. My son learned about Tikkun Olam and what it means to be a part of our Jewish Community.
Cantor Davis has always been so much more that just a wonderful Cantor with a beautiful singing voice, but, in addition, his having been raised in Israel in a deeply religious family has added to his rich background in Judaica and his own gift of teaching skills combine to make it a privilege to take classes and study with him.
Rabbi Davis conveys a warmth through his words and his music that draws people in and helps them remember the joy of Judaism, their own family history and their culture.
Cantor Michael Davis encouraged me, an ‘elderly congregant’ to embark on the joyful journey of a bat mitzvah. He did it with patience and humor and I was reminded of the warmth and the strong connection of my very Jewish background my father would have been proud!
My youngest grandson had his Bar Mitzvah in October at Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park. His performance was flawless due to the preparation, encouragement, kindness, and support of Cantor Davis. The service was filled with the melodious voice of Cantor Davis as he chanted the Hebrew prayers and Torah portions. When I looked at the Cantor’s face as he sang, the emotions he felt were magically transferred to me, and it filled my heart with joy and abundant love for our Jewish traditions.