Cantor Michael Kruk
Cantor Michael Kruk was born in Tchernovitz, Ukraine and from the age of six, studied music, violin and piano in music school. He also completed vocal studies in a music college. He served in the Red Army Choir as a soloist. Unhappy with many years of prohibition and persecution, he immigrated to Israel where he continued his vocal studies at the Academy of Music of Tel Aviv University. Later he served in the Rabbinical Military Choir as a soloist. In 1981 he represented Israel in the 10th International Vocal Competition held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cantor Michael Kruk has performed leading operatic roles for the Israeli Rubin Opera Company, the National Radio & Television Orchestra, and Bronx Opera House, New York. He has appeared in many concerts and recitals throughout Israel and Russia. In 1986 he arrived in United State where he continued to study voice in the Julliard School, American Opera Center of New York. Since graduation, he has sung at many concerts and performances in Israel, Canada, and United States. In search of his Jewish identity and love for Cantorial music, he began a new phase in his vocal career in 1989, by becoming a student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, School of Sacred Music and in 1993 he was invested as a Cantor. Cantor Michael Kruk served as a Cantor of Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation, New York and Temple Sinai of North Dade, Florida.
“Cantor Kruk’s style will blend well with our participatory approach to worship here at TI since we seek to invite all of our worshipers’ participation in their own prayer experience. He brings a wide range of musical knowledge and styles to our community and I look forward to working with him to create a beautiful, and meaningful, worship experience for Jews in the Palm Beaches.”