Rabbi Joel Kessler will become the new rabbi at Congregation Ohev Sholom, 1501 Cherry St.
Ohev Sholom Congregation, which began its existence in 1905, is a traditional synagogue, which always has maintained a full-time rabbi together with activities for adults, regular services and a Hebrew school for children. Kessler will join a long line of highly respected and notable rabbis who have served the congregation, such as the late Norman Singer and Maklouf Portal, who is retired in Israel.
Kessler hails from Wilmington, Del., where he previously served as chassan and rabbi of a Kahilla. Kessler received his ordination from a Yeshiva in Israel and has attended professional voice school.
Kessler is well known for his enigmatic voice, having performed as the featured singer at the inauguration of the governor of Delaware as well as a number of major sporting events.
Kessler is a team with his wife, Arleen, who will live in the synagogue's house at 509 Vallamont St.
As Williamsport's only full-time rabbi, Kessler will be available for teaching, leading of services, training of children, counseling and other services related to appropriate rabbinical duties.
Congregational President Richard Staiman stated, "We look forward to a long, valuable and robust tenure with our new spiritual leader."
Services regularly are held at sundown on Friday evening for initiation of the Sabbath and Saturday morning a class followed by services will begin at 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning services are followed by a light luncheon.