About Rav Eric Dangott
Eric Dangott is excited and proud to serve as Surf City Synagogue’s new Spiritual Leader starting in July 2013. Eric is a Huntington Beach native, and his Jewish youth was spent not far from Surf City’s Livingstone Campus location, at Temple Sharon. At Temple Sharon his initial interest and enthusiasm in Judaism blossomed under the guidance of numerous teachers, including our own Pnina Stein and Tanya Klugman.
After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with Bachelor’s degrees in Politics and Psychology, Eric spent a year teaching English in South Korea. A career in financial services took Eric from Orange County to San Diego, where his spiritual hunger was renewed. Surprisingly, the rabbi of the congregation closest to Eric, Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal, was the last rabbi at Temple Sharon, and leading the service when Eric celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.
Ultimately Eric became active in Gesher, San Diego Hillel’s graduate student and young professional group, as an officer and regular lay leader. When a professional opportunity took Eric to Tustin, as a Business Systems Analyst at SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, he happily transferred his skills from Gesher to Surf City Synagogue.
Eric has started initial studies at the American Jewish University, and looks forward to immersing himself as a full time student in Rabbinic Studies. It is extremely meaningful for Eric to support and develop the Jewish community in the exact place his seeds of Jewish love were first planted. He looks forward to encouraging that same love of Judaism with the Surf City Congregation, allowing each member to tap into their Torah.
About Cantor Jason Feddy
Jason Feddy grew up in Leeds, UK, in its traditional Ashkenazi Jewish community. At that time there were 20,000+ Jews in the city, 90% of whom lived within a 2 square mile radius. He attended Leeds' Morris Silman Jewish Day School, which provided a well rounded Jewish and secular education. Jason and his family were longstanding members of one of the many local synagogues. Jason was a member of the school and synagogue choirs and was awarded 1st prize in the school's trophy for music in his last year at the school.
Active for all of his childhood years in the Kibbutz oriented youth movement, Habonim/Dror, Jason was raised to the soundtrack of Jewish music, both ancient and modern. His mother was (and still is) an active member of various amateur choirs and liturgical singing groups. His father's side - not so musical - although he does account for Jason's sense of humor and big personality!
Jason moved to Israel in 1982 where he remained for 3 years, becoming fluent in Modern Hebrew. He maintains close and strong links to Israel and has many family members still living there. For the past 5 years he has traveled there annually (oftentimes more) to play shows culminating each time with featured slots at Northern Israel's internationally famous Jacob's Ladder Festival.
In 2010 Jason married his sweetheart, Ava, on Kibbutz Tuval under a chuppah overlooking the Galilean hills.